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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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15 East

Recommended by: Trish Goff (Model)

This Japanese restaurant gets back to the foundations with a no-frills sushi bar run by the talented sushi purist Masato Shimizu. The main dining room offers traditional and fusion dishes, but the feeling that you’ve stepped into a traditional Japanese spot never leaves you. The service is impeccable, and the fish is superbly fresh. Make a [...]

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Gotham Bar and Grill

Recommended by: Tom Colicchio (Head Judge, Top Chef), David Burke (Chef/Owner, David Burke Townhouse), Bill Telepan (Chef/Owner, Telepan), Ted Allen (Host, Chopped), Michael Esper (Actor)

Chef/Co-Owner Alfred Portale continues to perfect this American nouveau New York mainstay year after year. Famous for its consistency, Gotham Bar and Grill delivers high end cuisine at a high volume every single night, turning it into a timeless Manhattan favorite. Make a Reservation. “A New York restaurant that never goes out of style is Gotham [...]

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Liquiteria Union Square East

Recommended by: Veronica Swanson Beard (Fashion Designer), Jim Meehan (Mixologist/Owner, Please Don’t Tell), Lauren Bush Lauren (CEO & Co-Founder, FEED Projects), Janet Mock (Writer & TV Personality), Chris Stang (The Infatuation), Andrew Steinthal (The Infatuation)

Pioneers of NYC’s pressed juice scene, Liquiteria also offers superfood smoothies and healthy snacks galore. Try out one of their cleanses, or, if you’re looking for a wholesome treat, Jim Meehan of Please Don’t Tell is a self-proclaimed “sucker for the Bulldozer”. Menu Recommendations: All Greens juice and Asian Shaker salad – Veronica Swanson Beard (Fashion Designer) [...]

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Liquiteria Union Square West

Recommended by: Veronica Swanson Beard (Fashion Designer), Jim Meehan (Mixologist/Owner, Please Don’t Tell), Lauren Bush Lauren (CEO & Co-Founder, FEED Projects), Janet Mock (Writer & TV Personality), Chris Stang (The Infatuation), Andrew Steinthal (The Infatuation)

Pioneers of NYC’s pressed juice scene, Liquiteria also offers superfood smoothies and healthy snacks galore. Try out one of their cleanses, or, if you’re looking for a wholesome treat, Jim Meehan of Please Don’t Tell is a self-proclaimed “sucker for the Bulldozer”. Menu Recommendations: All Greens juice and Asian Shaker salad – Veronica Swanson Beard (Fashion Designer) [...]

Paradis-To-Go, 114 4th Ave, Recommended by Carla Gugino

Paradis-To-Go

Recommended by: Carla Gugino (Actress)

This petite takeout spot is the success story of an American culinary student who fell in love with a French butcher in Paris. The two got married and moved to New York with dreams of opening their own restaurant. The French-influenced fare at Paradis comes in the form of soups, sandwiches, salads, quiches and sweet treats. Fair-trade [...]

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The Coffee Shop

Recommended by: Melissa Fumero (Actress)

This neighborhood spot offers a plethora of outdoor seating best enjoyed during the city’s more mild months. The inexpensive, varied menu is perfect for any time of day, and the decor is reminiscent of an old-school diner. The food is consistent and there’s something for everyone whether you’re craving a milkshake or a mojito. Make a [...]