City Guides

Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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‘Cesca

 Recommended by: Kate Mulgrew (Actress)

This Southern Italian trattoria is a frontrunner among the many casual upscale fine dining spots in the Upper West Side.  With an air of relaxed sophistication, ‘Cesca features hand-crafted pastas and a winning wine list. Make a Reservation. www.cescanyc.com

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A Voce Madison

Recommended by: Amanda Freitag (Chef, Empire Diner)

Complemented by the warm, sleek, well-designed décor, A Voce’s menu presents rustic Italian cuisine with modern accents.  The restaurant devotes itself to seasonal and regional simplicity, celebrated in a sophisticated atmosphere. Make a Reservation. www.avocerestaurant.com

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ABA

Recommended by: Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew)

The Chew’s Daphne Oz loves this authentic Turkish spot in Columbus Circle for classics like fresh shepherd’s salad, labneh, hummus, grape leaves, lentil soup, and the doner kebab with pilaf. www.abarestaurant.com

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ABC Cocina

Recommended by: Ariel Foxman (Editor-in-Chief, InStyle), Brad Goreski (Stylist), Erica Domesek (P.S. – I Made This)

Jean-Georges’ second restaurant in ABC Carpet & Home, ABC Cocina, is inspired by Spanish and Latin flavors, and continues the ABC commitment to seasonal and fresh ingredients that promote healthy living and sustainability. With classics like Guacamole, Fish Tacos and Arroz Con Pollo, Jean-Georges again succeeds at combining beautiful design and local ingredients to create [...]

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ABC Kitchen

Recommended by: Alfred Portale (Chef/Co-Owner, Gotham Bar & Grill), Kelly Rutherford (Actress), Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef), Rebecca Minkoff (Fashion Designer), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Alex Guarnaschelli (Chef, Iron Chef), Chelsea Leyland (International DJ), Hanako Maeda (Fashion Designer), Amirah Kassem (Baker/Owner, Flourshop), Eva Chen (Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Magazine), Ariel Foxman (Editor-in-Chief, InStyle), Brad Goreski (Stylist), Meghan Markle (Actress), Martha Stewart, Erica Domesek (P.S. – I Made This), Robert Bohr (Co-Owner/Sommelier, Charlie Bird), Marta Milans (Actress), Kim Kassel (Suite 1521), Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521), Jennifer Fisher (Jewelry Designer) Anne Fulenwider (Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire), Jane Larkworthy (Beauty Director, W Magazine), Andrew Bevan (Style Features Director, Teen Vogue), Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer), Rachelle Lefevre (Actress), Linda Wells (Editor-in-Chief, Allure), Parker Posey (Actress)

This organic, local concept from Jean-Georges is known for its seamless cuisine, and it’s prime locale in the ABC Carpet and Home space. The menu is constantly changing, the space is as amazingly curated as the home store, and the prices are high but well worth the splurge. Make a Reservation. “I love going to ABC [...]

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ACME

Recommended by: John Delucie (Chef, The Lion), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Nate Berkus (Interior Designer), Rebecca Minkoff (Fashion Designer), Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur), Hanako Maeda (Fashion Designer)

Reopened as a sleek brasserie in the old Acme Bar & Grill space, Acme is a trendy new spot with bouncer-like employees out front that make it as hard to walk in the front door as any nightclub would. The aesthetic itself is something to see, and the Scandinavian food is a special rarity in [...]

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Aldea

Recommended by: Scott Conant (Judge, Chopped)

This gem from chef George Mendes boasts an incredibly sleek aesthetic and inspiring American Nouveau cuisine that has many hints of the chef’s Portugese background. Mendes’ cooking tells more of a story than most, which is why we love this spot where the menu is more of a narrative. With a vast array of items [...]

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Amaranth

Recommended: Kelly Rutherford (Actress)

This Upper East Side spot draws in a chic Euro crowd, and is dependable for refined dishes from France and Italy. With reasonable prices for the area, and a good variety on its menu – it’s a good go-to if you’re in the area. www.amaranthrestaurant.com

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American Cut

 Recommended by: Jennifer Fisher (Jewelry Designer)

For carnivores, there’s no shortage in quality or quantity at American Cut. The sleek steakhouse features big burnished rosewood tables, a boisterous atmosphere, and hearty helpings of excellent meat. Make a Reservation. www.americancutsteakhouse.com

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Amy Ruth’s

Recommended by: Rutina Wesley (Actress)

This soul food sanctuary serves up no frills, delicious Southern home cooking classics. With one of its best sellers the “Rev. Al Sharpton” (fried or smothered chicken and waffles), Ruth’s is not just a tribute to the owner’s grandmother, but also a number of noteworthy African Americans. www.amyruthsharlem.com

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Angus McIndoe

Recommended by: Katie Finneran (Actress)

This Times Square spot was called “not so square” by Broadway actress Katie Finneran. With a menu full of classic dishes that appeal to everyone, and a low-key bar scene, it’s a great and lesser-known spot for pre-or-post-theatre dinner and drinks. www.anguscafebistro.com

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Annisa

Recommended by: Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef)

The American Nouveau/Asian-influenced spot is a gem from Anita Lo. Aesthetically it’s sleek and minimalist, complimented by the coziness of being tucked away in a small space in the West Village. Lo is always creating inventive and stimulating dishes – definitely worth a drop by for any dedicated foodie. Make a Reservation. www.annisarestaurant.com

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Aquagrill

Recommended by: Robert Lee Morris (Jewelry Designer)

This seafood mecca is a great neighborhood spot in SOHO for a casual atmosphere and a reliable meal. With items like Manhattan clam chowder, Lobster sandwiches and yellow fin tuna you can feel like you’re eating on the water when you’re actually planted in the heart of Manhattan. www.aquagrill.com

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Arlington Club

Recommended by: David Rabin (Partner, The Lamb’s Club)

From the guy who brought the city BLT Steak, comes Arlington Club – a steakhouse with an identity crisis.  The interior of the half sushi restaurant half steakhouse resembles a bustling two-story train station, and you may never make it to dessert once you get started on those famous complimentary popovers. Make a Reservation. www.arlingtonclubny.com

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Attaboy

Recommended by: Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly)

This neo-speakeasy offers delicious cocktails and beers in a fun, lively setting. The brightly lit space, white washed walls, and long bar offer a great spot to hang out and drink inventive cocktails. Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly) recommends coming here for late night cocktails, specifically the Junglebird. 

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