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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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‘Cesca

 Recommended by: Kate Mulgrew (Actress)

This Southern Italian trattoria is a frontrunner among the many casual upscale fine dining spots in the Upper West Side.  With an air of relaxed sophistication, ‘Cesca features hand-crafted pastas and a winning wine list. Make a Reservation. www.cescanyc.com

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Recommended by: Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew)

The Chew’s Daphne Oz loves this authentic Turkish spot in Columbus Circle for classics like fresh shepherd’s salad, labneh, hummus, grape leaves, lentil soup, and the doner kebab with pilaf. www.abarestaurant.com

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Barney Greengrass

Recommended by: David Rabin (Co-Owner, Cole’s, The Lamb’s Club), Adam Richman (Travel Channel Host), Lizzie Tisch (Suite 1521), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Inès de La Fressange (Designer)

This Jewish appetizers institution has been king when it comes to smoked fish and chicken liver since 1908. Perfect for Sunday lunch pickup or a delicious sit-down New York breakfast – Barney Greengrass has brought the very best Jewish delicacies to hungry New Yorkers for more than a century. “Barney Greengrass is a great delicatessen; [...]

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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Recommended by Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef), Curtis Stone (Host, Top Chef Masters), Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel (DANNIJO), Jill Herzig (Editor-in-Chief, Redbook), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Amy Odell (Editor, Cosmopolitan.com), Michael Esper (Actor), Isa Tapia (Designer), Jay Sean (Musician), Jon Glaser (Comedian), Laura Brown (EIC, InStyle)

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

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Boulud Sud

Recommended by: Marc Murphy (Judge, Chopped), Bill Telepan (Chef/Owner, Telepan), Jeff Lefcourt (Co-Owner, The Smith), Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef), Patrick Cappiello (Co-Owner/Wine Director, Pearl & Ash)

A sleek (fairly new) spot from Daniel Boulud on the Upper West Side, Boulud Sud is somewhere we suggest you get seafood. Definitely the place for a splurge, the atmosphere is refined and lustrous, and we personally love the bar for a glass of wine and great people watching. Make a Reservation. “We love the [...]

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Flor de Mayo

Recommended by: Adam Richman (Travel Channel Host)

At the top of the food chain in NYC’s Chinese-Latin restaurant scene, Flor de Mayo compiles an extensive selection of Spanish and Chinese favorites.  Where else can you snag a pollo a la brasa with a side of fried rice and be in and out within a half hour? www.flordemayo.com

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Gennaro

Recommended by: Martha Plimpton (Actress)

Gennaro is the staple Italian restaurant of the Upper West Side. Good, reasonably priced, authentic Italian food keeps families coming back. The tables are close together so prepare to enjoy your lamb chops and gnocchi right next to your neighbors. www.gennaronyc.com

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Jean Georges

Recommended by: Geoffrey Zakarian (Judge, Chopped), David Burke (Chef/Owner, David Burke Townhouse), Kurt Gutenbrunner (Chef/Owner, KG-NY), Richard Blais (Winner, Top Chef), Padma Lakshmi (Host, Top Chef), Chris Cannon (Restaurateur, All’onda), Jacques Pepin (Chef & Author), Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar)

Jean Georges at Columbus Circle is the diamond of Jean George Vongerichten’s empire. The absolute definition of fine dining, it’s an iconic spot with three Michelin stars under its belt, and a seasonal menu that’s ever-changing. With Asian, French and American influences the restaurant is hard-pressed to find customers that aren’t satisfied. And with those [...]

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Joe Coffee Upper West Side

Recommended by Francois Payard (Chef/Owner, Payard), Rachel Antonoff (Fashion Designer), Veronica Miele Beard (Fashion Designer)

This boutique coffee shop – with eight locations throughout Manhattan – is a welcome change from the impersonal Starbucks culture. With amazing baristas and top-notch coffee brewed to perfection, it’s hard to rationalize going anywhere else for your on-the-go morning fix. Menu recommendations: Roasted Coffee, Pistachio Cake – Francois Payard (Chef/Owner, Payard) www.joenewyork.com

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Juice Press Upper West Side

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 Upper West Side

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 [...]