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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?



Recommended by: Reece Solomon (Handbag 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.


Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Recommended by: Jamie Rosen (Beauty Director, Town and Country)

Open since 1978, this Chinatown ice cream shop sells traditional flavors as well as more exotic choices. Black sesame, avocado, and lychee are some of the more nontraditional ice cream and sorbet flavors offered. They also sell signature ice cream cakes. Jamie Rosen (Beauty Director, Town and Country) recommends the almond cookie ice cream. 



Recommended by: Matt Levine (Restaurateur, Chalk Point Kitchen)

On the border between Chinatown and the Lower East Side, this cozy bar attracts everyone from businessmen to the avid tattooed skateboarder. The cocktails, beer, and bar food are superb and have created a legion of devotees who go rain or shine. The owner of Chalk Point Kitchen, Matt Levine, considers their breakfast part of his [...]


Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Recommended by: Natalia Dyer (Actress)

With slight moves, alterations and a change of owners, the Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been around since 1920. Also featured in several television shows and movies, the shop is a no-frills experience for cheap and delicious food. It is pretty much always busy and always delicious. A great place to order too much food [...]



Recommended by: Dennis Cornick (Maitre d’, Miss Lily’s)

A basement level Mexican restaurant in the middle of Chinatown, Pulqueria is a hidden spot that’s great for dancing as well as a casual sit-down meal. The space is inspired by the street markets of Mexico and by ancient Aztec culture, and it’s named after an alcoholic beverage—Pulque, made from an agave plant—that it was [...]