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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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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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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), Chad King (A Great Big World), JJ Totah (Actor), David Harbour (Actor)

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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Casa Mono

Recommended by: Chris Santos (Judge, Chopped), Ray Isle (Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine), Amber Stevens (Actress), Ilan Hall (Chef/Owner, The Gorbals), Malin Akerman (Actress), Lorenza Izzo (Actress), Tamron Hall (News Anchor), Yousef Ghalaini (Chef, FIG)

Casa Mono – This spot from New York’s restaurant kings Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, is a welcome change from their usual Italian/Mediterranean leanings. One of the best spots in the city for Catalan cuisine and specialties from the Iberian Peninsula, it’s Spanish small plates at affordable prices. Even better, it’s served up in a [...]

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Eleven Madison Park

Recommended by: Scott Conant (Judge, Chopped), George Mendes (Chef/Owner, Aldea), James Oseland (Editor-in-Chief, Saveur), Ray Isle (Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine), Ted Allen (Host, Chopped)

Now defined by its $195 per person tasting menu, Eleven Madison Park (the work of Swiss chef Daniel Humm) is fast becoming a global destination rather than just one for New Yorkers. Fun also for the bar scene, the aesthetic is sleek and grand, the cuisine is American Nouveau with French influences, and it’s widely [...]

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Gramercy Tavern

Recommended by: Denise Porcaro (Owner, Flower Girl), Ted Allen (Host, Chopped), Salvatore Tafuri (Mixologist), Joe Campanale (Epicurean Management), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Branden McRill (Co-Owner/General Manager, Pearl & Ash), Teague Moriarty (Chef/Co-Owner, Sons & Daughters), Jennifer Morrison (Actress), Becca Parrish (Founder, BeccaPR), Norbert Leo Butz (Actor)

An ode to the classic American Tavern, this restaurant is without a doubt an absolute New York favorite. Opened by Icons Danny Meyer and Tom Colicchio, Gramercy Tavern is everything a contemporary American restaurant should be. Make a Reservation. “As a restaurateur, I have a great admiration for Danny Meyer.” –Michael Chiarello (Chef/Owner, Bottega) “Any [...]

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Maialino

Recommended by: Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador, Barneys NY), Eva Chen (Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Magazine), Brad Goreski (Stylist), Erica Domesek (P.S. – I Made This), Fabio Viviani (Finalist, Top Chef), Ingrid Hoffmann (Chef/Host, Simply Delicioso), Claus Meyer (Founder, The Meyer Group), Giorgio Bulgari (Designer), Ali Larter (Actress), Lorenza Izzo (Actress)

This Roman Trattoria from Union Square Hospitality’s Danny Meyer is a gem in the Gramercy Park Hotel. Drawing inspiration from classic dishes from Rome, it’s definitely ideal for a breakfast meeting in the area, or just a great cup of to-go Counter Culture coffee. Make a reservation. Menu recommendations: Eggs arrabiata –  Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food [...]