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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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Aquagrill

Recommended by: Robert Lee Morris (Jewelry Designer)

This seafood mecca is a great neighborhood spot in SOHO for a casual atmosphere and a reliable meal. With items like Manhattan clam chowder, Lobster sandwiches and yellow fin tuna you can feel like you’re eating on the water when you’re actually planted in the heart of Manhattan. www.aquagrill.com

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Balthazar

Recommended by: Geoffrey Zakarian (Judge, Chopped), Graydon Carter (Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair), Alfred Portale (Chef/Co-Owner, Gotham Bar & Grill), Jeffrey Jah (Partner, The Lambs Club), Daniel Kafie (CEO, Vostu), Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef), Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (CEO, Gilt Groupe), Rob McIntosh (The Dapper Dude), Robert Farrell (Interior Designer), Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop), Derek Blasberg (Editor-at-Large, Harper’s Bazaar), Eric Ripert (Chef/Owner, Le Bernardin), Benjamin & Max Goldberg (Owners, Strategic Hospitality), Rebecca Taylor (Fashion Designer), Emelie Kihlstrom (Partner, Colonie), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler), Robert Lee Morris (Jewelry Designer), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Vinny Dotolo (Co-Chef/Co-Owner, Son of a Gun), Joe Isidori (Chef, Chalk Point Kitchen), Emma Heming Willis (First Time Mom), Jennifer Hyman (Founder, Rent the Runway)

You know how Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”? Well, it seems New Yorkers (when going to restaurants in other cities) say “There’s no place like Balthazar.” Yes, even when they’re at an authentic French brasserie in Paris. Keith McNally’s Soho French Brasserie-inspired spot is no doubt an iconic favorite among New Yorkers, and [...]

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Blue Ribbon Sushi

Recommended by: Curtis Stone (Host, Top Chef Masters), Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel (DANNIJO), Jill Herzig (Editor-in-Chief, Redbook), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Michelle Ochs (Fashion Designer), Jay Sean (Musician), Jon Glaser (Comedian)

Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg have created a New York restaurant empire with their Blue Ribbon Restaurants. This spot in particular serves up amazingly fresh sushi in a sleek, modern atmosphere in the West Village. They also offer classic specialties from their classic Blue Ribbon brasserie here as well – making it a killer combo [...]

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Boqueria Soho

Recommended by: Melissa Fumero (Actress)

This Spanish tapas joint offers a lively, cozy experience. Although it seems like it would be strictly a tapas bar, the menu also boasts a wide variety of delicious mid-size to large plates. The helpful staff make the whole experience smooth and enjoyable. www.boquerianyc.com 

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Burger & Barrel

Recommended by: Chris Santos (Judge, Chopped)

Burger & Barrel (B&B) is a gastropub in the heart of Soho – something we find surprisingly rare for the area. The spot serves up awesome variations on the burger – most notably the “bash style” (onion & bacon jam, pickles, American cheese and a special sauce). They also serve up small plates and twists [...]

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Cafe Select

Recommended by: Carly Cushnie (Fashion Designer)

This Swiss-inspired boite serves up delicious European fare in a small, chic space. Beloved by many for their fresh brunch options, this Soho gem also offers more traditional Swiss  items like a schnitzel sandwich and Roesti. Carly Cushnie would eat here for breakfast on her ideal food day, so you know it’s gotta be good! [...]

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Cocotte

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

Cocotte’s relaxed, European vibe gives you is the perfect venue to escape Manhattan’s hustle and bustle. They serve up petite portions of Basque-inspired French cuisine and of course wines offerings that beg to be lingered over. Make a reservation. www.cocotte-ny.com

Felix, 340 West Broadway, Recommended by Aymeline Valade

Felix

Recommended by: Aymeline Valade (Model)

This corner French bistro is a favorite amongst SoHo shoppers and tourists who seek a place to recover after a long day of strolling. The large and airy restaurant is packed daily, as diners sip on wine and enjoy French classics such as moules frites, country pâté with cornichons, Niçoise salad and steak tartare. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in floods [...]

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Ground Support Cafe

Recommended by: Joe Isidori (Chef, Chalk Point Kitchen)

Once a gallery, this now coffee shop has mastered the art form of delicious coffee and brews delicious Intelligentsia coffee. The picnic tables and zinc bar give the space a very high brow yet relaxed atmosphere. The baked goods, from artisanal bakers, are mouthwatering and the perfect accompaniment to your daily cup of joe.  “Ground [...]

Hampton Chutney Co, 143 Grand St., Recommended by Carla Gugino

Hampton Chutney Co

Recommended by: Carla Gugino (Actress)

South Indian dosas are probably the last thing you’d associate with the Hamptons, but since Hampton Chutney Co. set up shop back in 1997, it’s become a New York institution for thin rolled-up sour dough rice crepes filled with curries, chutneys and a variety of stewed veggies. The light and filling dosas also come with nontraditional fillings [...]

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Happy Bones

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

The goal is simple here: to make excellent coffee. However, you get much more than simply excellent coffee. The New Zealand owners have great baristas and exhibit beautiful local art throughout their spot. Bordering Little Italy, this spot is a sweet ode to its neighbor’s love of espresso and the coffee bean. This is Matt Levine’s (Owner of Chalk [...]

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Jack’s Wife Freda

Recommended by: Dana Veraldi (Deer Dana), Kevin Tekinel (Deer Dana), Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller), Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur), Piper Perabo (Actress), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Matt Levine (Restaurateur, Chalk Point Kitchen), Nicholas Jammet (Co-Founder, sweetgreen), Jeannie Mai (TV Personality), Brit Shaw (Actress), Emily Wickersham (Actress)

We can’t decide what we love most at Jack’s Wife Freda – the food, the scene or the prices. Drawing in an awesome young crowd, this café is a great late-night spot for great down home food with an urban twist. Menu recommendations from Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting): the grilled halloumi, and the Greek [...]

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Juice Press Soho

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 [...]

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Juice Press Soho

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 [...]

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L’asso Soho

Recommended by: Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur)

A great spot for pizza, L’asso boasts new creations on the menu every week, and their Margerita DOC is so popular and steeped in history – a law was recently created defining it’s preparation. This spot does so many different things with pizza, it’s pretty hard to get board with this classic American staple. www.lassonyc.com

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La Esquina

Recommended by: Eugene Remm (EMM Group), Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (CEO, Gilt Groupe), Hilary Rhoda (Model), David Rabin (Co-Owner, Cole’s, The Lamb’s Club), Steven Alan (Fashion Designer), Eric Helms (Juice Generation), Kim Kassel (Suite 1521), Nick Hatsatouris (Owner, Eveleigh), Bethenny Frankel (TV Personality), Bryan Greenberg (Actor), Garance Doré (Writer/Illustrator), Thalia (Singer), Scott Speedman (Actor)

This spot boasts market fresh Mexican food in three different settings. There’s the classic taqueria (small lunch counter), the 30-seat café and the brasserie and bar – a romantic basement lounge. Reservations for the brasserie are only taken three weeks in advance, so just “walking in” usually means a 3-hour cocktail filled wait. Not a [...]