The New Potato

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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A Voce Columbus Circle

Recommended by: Amanda Freitag (Chopped)

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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A Voce Madison

Recommended by: Amanda Freitag (Chopped)

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 (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 (Celebrity 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/Owner, Gotham Bar & Grill), Kelly Rutherford (Actress, Gossip Girl), Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef), Rebecca Minkoff (Fashion Designer), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef), Chelsea Leyland (International DJ), Hanako Maeda (Fashion Designer), Amirah Kassem (Flourshop), Eva Chen (Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Magazine), Ariel Foxman (Editor-in-Chief, InStyle), Brad Goreski (Celebrity Stylist), Meghan Markle (USA’s Suits), Martha Stewart, Erica Domesek (P.S. – I Made This), Robert Bohr (Charlie Bird), Marta Milans (ABC’s Killer Women), 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 (Teen Vogue)

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. “I love going to ABC Kitchen; they have [...]

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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, Gossip Girl)

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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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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Antonucci Café

Recommended by: Mauro Maccioni (Le Cirque), Iris Apfel

This trattoria hosts a chef from Venice and a menu largely focused on slow cooked meats and fishes. With playful pink walls, red banquettes and an array of abstract art it’s an unusually interesting aesthetic for a trattoria. It’s great for a good Italian dinner when you find yourself too far up on the Upper [...]

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Arlington Club

Recommended by: David Rabin (Cole’s, 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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Babbo

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Spike Mendelsohn (Top Chef), Matthew Marden (Fashion Director, Details)

Many New Yorkers would argue Babbo is the best spot for refined Italian in the city. The thing is, they wouldn’t have many to argue with. Babbo celebrates the Italian lifestyle, brought to you by world-renowned restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Here’s an insider’s tip: reservations are impossible to get but the restaurant posts [...]

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Bacaro

Recommended by: Reece Solomon (Designer)

Bacaro sits in the space of a former aquarium, having been transformed into stylish two-story osteria and wine bar, decked in antique touches and exposed brick. Serving a menu of Italian dishes with wines to match, this rustic eatery promises a romantic evening. www.bacaronyc.com

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Balaboosta

Recommended by: Amirah Kassem (Flour Shop)

Balaboosta serves creative dishes of the Mediterranean meets Middle East style that won’t disappoint you. The restaurant is simultaneously trendy and warm, and the comfortable and intimate atmosphere create a great spot for weekend brunch, weekday lunch, or dinner out. Make a reservation.  www.balaboosta.com