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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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An Choi

Recommended by: Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer)

For some solid Vietnamese street food, An Choi provides a warm, welcoming den to dig into a bowl of pho or a banh mi sandwich. The dimly lit digs might even fool you into thinking you’re chowing down in a hole-in-the-wall in Saigon. www.anchoinyc.com

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Beauty & Essex

Recommended by: Jay Sean (Musician)

It may look like an old pawn shop from the outside, and inside too, but that’s just the entrance to this glamorous bi-level space. Blending in seamlessly with the neighborhood, this hidden lounge is full of inventive food and inspired drinks. It’s one of those places where more is more, so dress to impress and [...]

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Café Henrie

Recommended by: Franck Raharinosy (Founder, SPIN)

André Saraiva opened Café Henrie in 2015 and it quickly became a New York hot spot. This Café is heavily centered on art – and doesn’t fail to deliver perfectly crafted plates. Open from 7am – 7pm, Café Henrie offers a menu inspired by Saraiva’s upbringing: Swedish, Portuguese and French cuisine.

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Casa Mezcal

Recommended by: Daniel Kafie (CEO, Vostu)

This Lower East Side bar has an Oaxaca aesthetic and a knack for making Mezcal suddenly your go-to drink. With three different floors of entertainment and an explorative appetizer menu, it’s hard to get bored. “Their grilled nopales dish is amazing.” – Daniel Kafie (CEO, Vostu) www.casamezcalny.com

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China Blue

Recommended by: Jason Wu (Designer)

With a setting reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1930s, China Blue is a more sophisticated answer to a craving for Chinese food. The menu is full of quality Shanghainese delights from lightly sautéed fish fillets to thousand-year eggs. The atmosphere is spacious and relaxed, which makes it feel like a real treat in the city. [...]

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Clinton Street Baking Company

Recommended by: Amirah Kassem (Baker/Owner, Flour Shop), Patrick Cappiello (Co-Owner/Wine Director, Pearl & Ash), Whitney Port (Fashion Designer, TV Personality)

Both a full service restaurant and a bakery, the crowds at the Clinton Street Baking Company speak for to the popularity of this spot. They’re known for their brunch but the small and cozy bakery café serves an eclectic American menu for lunch and dinner with breakfast options available all day. www.clintonstreetbakingcompany.com

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Dirty French

Recommended by: Lucy Yeomans (Editor-in-Chief, Porter)

There is nothing subtle about Dirty French, the newest member of the Torrisi-Carbone-Zalaznick empire. From the seizure-inducing neon pink sign to the limited edition 80’s Air Jordans worn by servers, everything about the restaurant screams fun and funky. Blending bistro fare with fine dining, the menu features dishes such as a mushroom stem mille-feuille, a [...]

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El Rey

Recommended by: Lizzie Fortunato (Jewelry Designer)

This Lower East Side coffee bar and luncheonette offers the perfect drinks and plates to post on Instagram. Its intimate, bright and cool décor results in El Rey being one of the go-to place for coffee and a good time. From 11am until 4.30pm you can choose any of their Luncheonette plates, which include healthy [...]

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Esperanto

Recommended by: Victor Rasuk (Actor)

The vibe at Esperanto could spice up even the gloomiest mood, what with the all the cheerful colors and fun flavors that make Latin cuisine so festive. And what’s a better pick-me-up than live music and a good mojito? www.esperantony.com

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Gaia Italian Cafè

Recommended by: Morgan Saylor (Actress)

This restaurant warns customers that the food make take some time, as the authentic Italian dishes are all homemade. With fish Fridays and the freshest baked bread, it is worth the wait for pizza or pasta. Get cozy and feel like family. Reservations (by phone) are required for dinner.  www.gaiaitaliancafe.com

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Galli

Recommended by: Danielle Bernstein (Blogger, WeWoreWhat)

Galli is an original and charming rustic trattoria. Both its SoHo and Lower East Side locations offer lunch, dinner and desserts, including sixteen different types of classic Italian pasta, meat entrées and a great selection of wines and cocktails to pair them with. Make a reservation. www.gallirestaurant.com

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Hester Street Fair

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

Open every weekend from 11am-6pm, this Lower East Side street fair brings together a collection of New York City’s best food and crafts. Housed where the once largest New York City pushcart market occupied, the fair showcases some of the city’s best artisanal foods, clothing, crafts, and home goods. Grab a pastry and coffee and peruse the [...]

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Ivan Ramen

Recommended by: Gillian Jacobs (Actress)

Ivan Ramen is a quirky fusion of a traditional Japanese ramen outpost with an American flair (Tofu Coney Island, anyone?). The flagship location in the Lower East Side is a technicolor celebration of both Japanese and American culture – totally ideal for a casual lunch or fun dinner out. www.ivanramen.com

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Juice Press Lower East Side

Recommended by: Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer), Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Adam Glassman (Creative Director, O Magazine), Rachel Antonoff (Fashion Designer), Karlie Kloss (Model), Robert Bohr (Co-Owner/Sommelier, Charlie Bird), Kaelen Haworth (Fashion Designer), Cynthia Rowley (Fashion Designer), Marta Milans (Actress), Chris Benz (Fashion Designer), Robert Lee Morris (Jewelry Designer), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Erin Heatherton (Model), Katherine Jenkins (Singer), Olivia Chantecaille (Creative Director, Chantecaille)

This juice and health food spot has definitely made converts out of us. With amazing fresh pressed juices, as well as unbelievable snacks and entrees like Raw Oatmeal, Kale Caesar Salad and the unbelievable Avocado Toast, Juice Press makes health nuts out of even the most die hard of foodies. “I am obsessed with ALL [...]