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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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15 East

Recommended by: Trish Goff (Model)

This Japanese restaurant gets back to the foundations with a no-frills sushi bar run by the talented sushi purist Masato Shimizu. The main dining room offers traditional and fusion dishes, but the feeling that you’ve stepped into a traditional Japanese spot never leaves you. The service is impeccable, and the fish is superbly fresh. Make a [...]

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44 & X

Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor)

Brunch is a hit at this airy and bright gem in the Theater District, and includes American classics such as a hazelnut brioche French toast with raspberry compote and smoked Irish bacon and Maryland crab cake with poached eggs, tomato and hollandaise. If the food isn’t enough to get you to want to visit 44 & [...]

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5th & Mad

Recommended by: Danielle Brooks (Actress)

An Irish pub located between you guessed it – 5th and Madison. This midtown favorite serves up surprising delicious pub classics in a relaxed setting. 5th & Mad has multiple private rooms for groups, including the Mad Room, a Mad-Men inspired room complete with leather couches. Come in, sit at the large classic bar and order the short rib [...]

67 Orange Street, 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Recommended by Danielle Brooks

67 Orange Street

Recommended by: Danielle Brooks (Actress)

This cozy Harlem lounge is inspired by Almacks, the first African-American-owned bar in New York City. The energetic space offers a vintage speakeasy feel complete with bespoke cocktails including concoctions like Earl Gray-infused gin. Grab something from the food menu such as the Lobster & Shrimp Mac n’ Cheese while you imbibe. www.67orangestreet.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), Ramya Giangola (Fashion Consultant), Elizabeth Cutler (Founder, SoulCycle), Tiffani Thiessen (Actress), Carla Gugino (Actress), Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar), Jennifer Morrison (Actress), Patina Miller (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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Abraco Espresso

Recommended by: Shannon Leto (Musician)

Abraco’s loyal following doesn’t mind braving the line to score some espresso at the East Village’s small but mighty coffee bar. As if this family-run spot could get any more adorable, they also have goodies like olive oil cake and grilled cheese, baked fresh every day. www.abraconyc.com

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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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Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

 Recommended by: Hal Rubenstein (Editor/Writer)

At his namesake wine bar, the sommelier extraordinaire of Le Berardin graces midtown with his passion for all things vino. Here, Sohm showcases an always-changing selection of wines along with an expert curation of menu items for pairing. His special tasting room can be reserved for a variety of wine-focused events. www.aldosohmwinebar.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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Amy’s Bread

Recommended by: Joyce Chang (Editor-in-Chief, SELF)

At 8 every morning, the air on the corner of 47th street and 9th avenue is heavy with the aroma of freshly baked goods, thanks to Amy’s Bread. With a reputation for excellent classic American breads, cakes, cookies and everything in between, Amy’s Bread now bakes out of three different locations, with the Hell’s Kitchen one being the original. At [...]