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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?

ACME

ACME

Recommended by: John Delucie (Chef, The Lion), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Nate Berkus (Interior Designer), Rebecca Minkoff (Fashion Designer), Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur), Hanako Maeda (Fashion Designer)

Reopened as a sleek brasserie in the old Acme Bar & Grill space, Acme is a trendy new spot with bouncer-like employees out front that make it as hard to walk in the front door as any nightclub would. The aesthetic itself is something to see, and the Scandinavian food is a special rarity in [...]

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Bianca

Recommended by: Yael Stone (Actress)

This cozy Italian restaurant tucked away in NoHo is a go-to for locals in the area for authentic and delicious Italian specialties, like lasagna, gnocchi, and fried artichokes. The large portions and friendly prices make it all the more appealing. www.biancanyc.com

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Bond St.

Recommended by: Mark Birnbaum (EMM Group)

Nighttime Guru Mark Birnbaum told us Bond St. was the New York Restaurant that would never go out of style. With a Nobu-esque feel, this will always be a spot for refined (yet over-priced, according to some) Japanese food. Make a Reservation. www.bondstrestaurant.com

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Five Points

Recommended by: Rebecca Minkoff (Fashion Designer)

A perfect spot for brunch on the weekends (just make sure to make a reservation!), Five Points serves American food in “simple, rustic yet refined dishes” while focusing on local, seasonal ingredients. Their brunch, served on weekends, boasts multiple Bloody Mary’s to try; this bright and airy space in NOHO with outdoor seating is also [...]

IL-BUCO

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), John DeLucie (Executive Chef, The Lion), Linda Rodin (Creator of Rodin Olio Lusso), Timon Balloo (Chef, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill), Rachel Comey (Fashion Designer), Richard Kuo (Co-Owner/Chef, Pearl & Ash), Nancy Novogrod (Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure), Linda Wells (Editor-in-Chief, Allure), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Nicholas Jammet (Co-Founder, sweetgreen)

This spot has a marketplace feel and is a spinoff of the beloved Il Buco. With authentic Italian gourmet foods (both in a grocery style setting, and a sitdown setting) it’s a rustic delight in the heart of Noho. Some of our favorites are the Slow-Roasted Short Rib Panini, the Tuscan Kale Panini and the [...]

Il Buco, 47 Bond St. , Recommended by Isabelle Fuhrman

Il Buco

Recommended by: Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer), Anne Fulenwider (Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire), Padma Lakshmi (Host, Top Chef), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Dirk Standen (Editor-in-Chief, Style.com), Michele Promaulayko (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Health), Giorgia Tordini (Fashion Designer & Consultant), Isabelle Fuhrman (Actress), Kate Foley (Stylist), Jay Sean (Musician), Joy Williams (Musician, Actor)

For a Mediterranean meal amidst the rustic charms of a country home in Europe, look no further than Il Buco. This antique shop-turned-restaurant offers entrées that change on a nightly basis and a stellar wine list. “I also love Il Buco for brunch.” – Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer) www.ilbuco.com

Indochine, 430 Lafayette St., Recommended by Carla Gugino

Indochine

Recommended by: Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), David Rabin (Co-Owner, Cole’s, The Lamb’s Club), Diane Von Furstenberg (Fashion Designer), Adam Glassman (Creative Director, O Magazine), Ben Watts (Fashion Photographer), Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer), Bryan Grey Yambao (Bryanboy), Padma Lakshmi (Host, Top Chef), Dirk Standen (Editor-in-Chief, Style.com), John Demsey (Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Ramya Giangola (Fashion Consultant), Carla Gugino (Actress), Jason Wu (Designer)

This French-Vietnamese restaurant has been a hot spot for New Yorkers, francophiles, and world travelers alike looking for a cool atmosphere and sleek décor since 1984. Make a Reservation. “I love Indochine.” – David Rabin (Co-Owner, Cole’s, The Lamb’s Club) “Indochine is one of my all time favorites, as it is a classic. We always have a wonderful evening [...]

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Mile End Deli NoHo

Recommended by: Jenn Louis (Chef/Owner, Lincoln Restaurant), Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur), Neil Blumenthal (Co-Founder, Warby Parker), Bo O’Connor (Chef/Owner, The Pomeroy)

This unlikely spot is a traditional American-Jewish deli from Jewish/Canadian owner Noah Bernamoff and close friend Max Levine. The two continuously challenge and elevate the old world traditions, resulting in playful combinations like Chopped Liver on Pumpernickel, Smoked Lamb Sausage with Harissa Slaw, and Eggs and Quebec cheddar on Rye. www.mileenddeli.com

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The Smile

Recommended by: Dana Veraldi (Deer Dana), Todd Selby (Owner, The Selby), Jessica Alba (Actress), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Rachel Comey (Fashion Designer), Meghan Markle (Actress), Samantha Duenas (DJ So Super Sam), Kaelen Haworth (Fashion Designer), John Jannuzzi (Senior Digital Editor, GQ), Reece Solomon (Handbag Designer), Molly Sims (Model), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Jonathan Groff (Actor), Jennifer Morrison (Actress), Vanessa Traina (Co-Founder, The Line), Becca Parrish (Founder, BeccaPR), Jason Wu (Designer), JJ Totah (Actor)

This cozy spot is all the rage right now when it comes to the Lower East Side hipster crowd. It manages to completely avoid being sceney though, with an unassuming wood-ensconced atmosphere that you have to go down a flight of steps to get to. If you want to eat out but feel like you’re [...]

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Vic’s

Recommended by: Daphne Oz (TV Personality)

The brainchild of the team behind some of New York’s favorite restaurants – Hundred Acres and Cookshop to name a few – Vic’s is a cozy and delicious Italian spot serving a wide variety of simple Italian dishes (with a twist) that make it easy to eat there multiple times a week. TV personality Daphne Oz calls the chicken [...]