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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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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 [...]

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Butcher Block

Recommended by: Brett Heyman (Fashion Designer)

This delivery-only spot makes serious sandwiches with local, responsibly sourced ingredients. Butcher Block takes its bread very seriously, and makes all of its sandwiches out of fresh loaves from Balthazar Bakery and Sullivan Street Bakery. Choose from an extensive menu of options such as the Porker Parker (pulled pork belly, caramelized onions, rainbow kale slaw, [...]

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Four Seasons Restaurant

Recommended by: Ben Noriega Ortiz (Designer, The Mondrian Soho), Amy Astley (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue), Lisa Perry (Fashion Designer), Anna Sui (Fashion Designer)

This gorgeous restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel is described by designer Ben Noriega Ortiz as his favorite space in New York City. While the prices are high, this restaurant is an iconic part of the New York City landscape, and a beautiful setting for a power lunch, a cocktail or a romantic dinner. Make a [...]

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Harlow

Recommended by: Norah O’Donnell (CBS This Morning)

From the restaurateur behind Nobu comes Harlow, a stylish seafood restaurant with an energetic bar scene. The gleaming dining room is glamorous and decadent, featuring striking chandeliers and stained glass windows. Make a Reservation. www.harlownyc.com

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Harry Cipriani

Recommended by: Celeste Fierro (The ONE Group), Kris Jenner (Keeping Up With The Kardashians), Lauren Bush Lauren (CEO & Co-Founder, FEED Projects), Jennifer Morrison (Actress)

This classic spot on Fifth avenue – a stone’s throw from the Plaza Hotel –  is where you go for a splurge. The international Italian empire’s best location – in our minds – is here at Midtown East, where you can shop at Bergdorfs and stop here for lunch after. The aesthetic is bright and [...]

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Hatsuhana

Recommended by: Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew)

This midtown restaurant has been a midtown staple for over three decades. Hatsuhana remains committed a “no-frills” approach to sushi, and serves authentic and delicious Japanese cuisine at affordable prices. www.hatsuhana.com

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Hummus Kitchen

Recommended by: Lindsey Stirling (Musician)

This Mediterranean restaurant serves rich and healthy dishes while providing guests with a warm and cozy ambiance. They offer an array of vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian plates that will make you feel you are eating them at their birthplace. You can try their cuisine at any of their four locations. www.hummuskitchen.com

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Juice Press Midtown East

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), 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 [...]

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Kajitsu

Recommended by: Ryan Hardy (Chef, Charlie Bird)

With an interior reminiscent of a ceremonial tea room, Kajitsu is a detail-oriented Japanese restaurant that specializes in Shojin cuisine – a philosophy of vegetarian cooking derived from Zen Buddhism. The venue offers tasting menus and sake pairings, and diners marvel at the beautiful presentation of the flavorful dishes. Make a Reservation. www.kajitsunyc.com

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Kurumazushi

Recommended by: Martha Stewart

This unassuming sushi spot in Midtown Manhattan is a go-to spot for none other than Martha Stewart and has been serving authentic and fresh sushi for over thirty-five years. www.kurumazushi.com

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La Grenouille

Recommended by: Geoffrey Zakarian (Judge, Chopped), David Burke (Chef/Owner, David Burke Kitchen), Graydon Carter (Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair), James Oseland (Editor-in-Chief, Saveur), Nate Berkus (Interior Designer), Eric Ripert (Chef/Owner, Le Bernardin), Joshua Boissy (Co-Owner/Director of Operations, Maison Premiere), Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador, Barneys NY), Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521), Iris Apfel, Amy Astley (Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue), Chloe Perrin (Designer, Perrin Paris), Anna Sui (Fashion Designer)

Named consistently by our tastemakers as the New York restaurant that never goes out of style, La Grenouille is a midtown French bistro institution started in 1962. The spot offers classic French cuisine in a plush, flowery setting. La Grenouille brings us back to a time in New York when a few mid/uptown French and [...]

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Local Thyme

Recommended by: Laura Benanti (Singer/Actress)

Superfoods, non-GMO products, and organic ingredients are the focus at Local Thyme, a healthy restaurant that caters to all diets ranging from no restrictions to paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and raw. Drinks include cold-pressed juices, smoothies and tonics, while food ranges from sandwiches to make-your-own-salads to sandwiches and carving stations. www.localthymenyc.com

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Marta

Recommended by: Patina Miller (Actress)

When you walk through the majestic lobby of Marta Washington Hotel, you may be surprised to find that an Italian restaurant exists just steps away. Marta, a member of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, features an impressive dining room with soaring ceilings and a lively open kitchen, where chefs roll out paper-thin Roman-style pizzas with inventive toppings. [...]

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Mr Chow Midtown East

Recommended by: Adam Glassman (Creative Director, O Magazine), Jennifer Fisher (Jewelry Designer), John Demsey (Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.), Bethenny Frankel (TV Personality), Joseph Smith (Owner, Bobby Van’s), Yale Breslin (Editor-in-Chief, Industrie Magazine)

Mr Chow is a classic spot for the traditional Chinese fine dining experience that can be somewhat hard to find at a time when everyone’s doing “new” things with Chinese food. If you want a family style meal of all the Chinese classics – this is the spot for you. Make a Reservation. www.mrchow.com