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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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44 & X

Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor)

Brunch is a hit at this airy and bright gem in the Theater District, and includes American classics such as a hazelnut brioche French toast with raspberry compote and smoked Irish bacon and Maryland crab cake with poached eggs, tomato and hollandaise. If the food isn’t enough to get you to want to visit 44 & [...]

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Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

 Recommended by: Hal Rubenstein (Editor/Writer)

At his namesake wine bar, the sommelier extraordinaire of Le Berardin graces midtown with his passion for all things vino. Here, Sohm showcases an always-changing selection of wines along with an expert curation of menu items for pairing. His special tasting room can be reserved for a variety of wine-focused events. www.aldosohmwinebar.com

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Amy’s Bread

Recommended by: Joyce Chang (Editor-in-Chief, SELF)

At 8 every morning, the air on the corner of 47th street and 9th avenue is heavy with the aroma of freshly baked goods, thanks to Amy’s Bread. With a reputation for excellent classic American breads, cakes, cookies and everything in between, Amy’s Bread now bakes out of three different locations, with the Hell’s Kitchen one being the original. At [...]

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Añejo Tequileria

Recommended by: Michael Cerveris (Actor)

Dozens of tequila shots and small plates in a rustic space full of energy is what you’d expect to find at Añejo, a Hell’s Kitchen gem known more for its drinks than for its food (hence the Tequileria in its name). The small plates are small, and food offerings are limited, but the spicy margaritas [...]

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Angus McIndoe

Recommended by: Katie Finneran (Actress)

This Times Square spot was called “not so square” by Broadway actress Katie Finneran. With a menu full of classic dishes that appeal to everyone, and a low-key bar scene, it’s a great and lesser-known spot for pre-or-post-theatre dinner and drinks. www.anguscafebistro.com

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Bar Centrale

Recommended by: Mike Doyle (Actor), Norbert Leo Butz (Actor)

Theater insiders, Broadway stars, and those looking to stargaze can be found at this hidden lounge on Restaurant Row. Tucked inside a Victorian brownstone, Joe Allen’s intimate hangout is a stark contrast from his lively restaurant downstairs; the music is mellow jazz, the conversation is subdued, and the menu is light. www.barcentralenyc.com/youfoundus

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Beautique

Recommended by: Brett Heyman (Fashion Designer)

Hidden behind a small foyer next to the Paris Theatre and the Plaza Hotel in Midtown is Beautique, a posh restaurant that could easily be walked by and missed. The entrance to the restaurant can pass as the lobby of a fancy walk-up apartment, but as soon as you make your way downstairs, you’ll find yourself [...]

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Becco

Recommended by: Melissa Fumero (Actress)

One of Chef Lidia Bastianich’s gems, Becco offers delicious home cooked Italian fare at a reasonable price. The all-you-can-eat three-pasta prix-fixe dinner is a steal, delivering perfect al dente pastas. The wine list is thoughtful and also easy on the wallet. Make a Reservation. “For dinner, I would teleport to New York and have dinner at [...]

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Bergdorf Goodman Restaurant

Recommended by: Monica Rich Kosann (Jewelry Designer), Trudi Loren (Senior Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development at The Estee Lauder Companies)

The chic restaurant on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman is the perfect stop after a day of shopping. With a delicious lunch menu (Monica Rich Kosann recommends the lobster salad), a charming afternoon tea, and stunning views of the city, it’s a lovely New York experience. Make a Reservation. This is the ultimate power lunch [...]

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Blue Bottle Midtown West

Recommended by: Todd Selby (Owner, The Selby), Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Todd Snyder (Fashion Designer), Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly), Zanna Roberts Rassi (Editor, TV Personality)

Blue Bottle is a coffee shop with a reverence for the bean, and a concept that’s expanded to a number of cafés, kiosks and wholesale partners. You’ll have to wait a bit for your cup, as each is carefully crafted, but that’s definitely part of the fun! www.bluebottlecoffee.com

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Butter

Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor)

What once was a celeb hotspot on Lafayette has now become a 200-seater transplant beneath the Cassa Hotel tower in Midtown. The entrance of Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s restaurant opens up to a airy atrium ceiling that floats above communal tables and booths. While the contemporary American eatery once housed the rich and famous, the clientele at the new [...]

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Carnegie Deli

Recommended by: Lisa Perry (Fashion Designer)

When you think of a classic New York deli, a place like Carnie Deli instantly comes to mind. Founded in 1939, this Midtown landmark piles high the corned beef and pastrami on their signature sandwiches, serving up an authentic deli experience. Grab a slice of their famous cheesecake to round out your Manhattan-inspired meal. www.carnegiedeli.com

Daniela Trattoria, 728 8th Ave, Recommended by Renée Elise Goldsberry

Daniela Trattoria

Recommended by: Renée Elise Goldsberry (Actress)

This cozy Italian trattoria serves homemade pasta and pizza alongside an extensive wine list that also features deliciously boozy red and white sangria. While its located in the bustling Theater District, the restaurant itself is calm and relaxed, making it a great place for a dinner date. Unlike most Italian restaurants, Daniela is open at the [...]

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DB Bistro Moderne

Recommended by: David Burtka (Actor)

At Chef Daniel Boulud’s trendy contemporary French bistro, DB Bistro Moderne, the energy levels are always at 100%. What keeps this restaurant on everyone’s radar? The Original DB Burger: a sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and truffles. If you’re planning on catching a show in the area, take full advantage of the $48 pre-theater three-course prix-fixe [...]

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Donna Bell’s Bake Shop

Recommended by: Michael Ceveris (Actor)

NCIS‘ Pauley Perrette (aka Abigail Sciuto) opened this Southern grab-and-go spot as a tribute to her mother, an Alabama baker. Southern charm sneaks its way into all of the shop’s confections, such as thick slices of red velvet cake, cream-cheese-frosted carrot cake, and Mississippi mud bars, as well as savory options such as bacon and [...]