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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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Anassa Taverna

Recommended by: Joe Schildhorn (BFA)

A spacious split-level dining option that aims to transport diners to the Greek coast through the decor and a focus on seafood dishes. Pop across the street after spending a day shopping at Bloomingdale’s for a rustic Mediterranean meal. Make a reservation. www.anassataverna.com

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Arlington Club

Recommended by: David Rabin (Partner, The Lamb’s Club)

From the guy who brought the city BLT Steak, comes Arlington Club – a steakhouse with an identity crisis.  The interior of the half sushi restaurant half steakhouse resembles a bustling two-story train station, and you may never make it to dessert once you get started on those famous complimentary popovers. Make a Reservation. www.arlingtonclubny.com

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Bella Blu

Recommended by: Francois Payard (Chef/Owner, Payard)

Brought to you by Enrico Proietti – the restaurateur who once ran Ciaobella – an 80’s IT spot, Bella Blu is a classic trattoria with a quirky aesthetic. The spot definitely has a neighborhood feel, the service being one of the best parts of the experience. Make a Reservation. Menu recommendations: Pizza with porcini mushrooms, [...]

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Crown

Recommended by: Kelly Rutherford (Actress)

With a dark and exclusive atmosphere, Crown is one of those new, New York spots where people go to see and be seen. It’s a fun scene – and a gorgeous restaurant – with a great contemporary American menu. Make a Reservation. www.crown81.com

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Daniel

Recommended by: George Mendes (Chef/Owner, Aldea), Bill Telepan (Chef/Owner, Telepan), Branden McRill (Co-Owner/General Manager, Pearl & Ash), Elisabeth Holder (President, Laduree), Dominique Ansel (Chef/Owner, Dominique Ansel Bakery), Jacques Pepin (Chef & Author), David Burtka (Actor), Stephanie March (Actress)

Daniel Boulud’s grandiose spot on the Upper East Side offers unparalleled fine dining – an ode to the very best French cuisine from the master himself. Popular for events, weddings or just a Friday night, Daniel is no doubt a very special New York restaurant experience from one of the country’s most notable restaurateurs. Make [...]

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Eleni’s Cookies

Recommended by: Kelly Rutherford (Actress)

With a location in Manhattan’s iconic Chelsea Market, as well as the Upper East Side, Eleni’s cookies is a delightfully playful bakery whose packaging is as delicious as the treats inside. With so many edgy dessert spots coming down the pipeline, it’s a relief to see Eleni’s unpretentious bright pastels, frosted cookies, and personalized favors. [...]

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FP Patisserie

Recommended by: Johnny Iuzzini (Pastry Chef)

Francois Payard’s bakeries make it easy to pick up a small pastry or treat. If you’re looking for something a little less sweet, they also have satisfying salad and sandwich options – but we totally understand why you’d want to have dessert first here. www.payard.com

Ginza, 800 Lexington Ave

Ginza

Recommended by: Joe Schildhorn (BFA)

Small and casual, this Japanese restaurant is best known for its affordable sushi lunch menu. It’s the perfect spot to grab a quick lunch before shopping at your favorite department store. www.ginzajapanesenyc.com