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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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Annisa

Recommended by: Gail Simmons (Judge, Top Chef)

The American Nouveau/Asian-influenced spot is a gem from Anita Lo. Aesthetically it’s sleek and minimalist, complimented by the coziness of being tucked away in a small space in the West Village. Lo is always creating inventive and stimulating dishes – definitely worth a drop by for any dedicated foodie. Make a Reservation. www.annisarestaurant.com

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Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

Recommended by: Rachel Brosnahan (Actress)

When looking for heavy, hearty and messy pizza–in a circle, square or slice–Artichoke’s will fill anyone up. The menu is short and simple, but the flavors are outstanding and bring a slew of famous fans. Plus, as the name suggests, they’ve always got artichoke pizza. www.artichokepizza.com

Babbo, 110 Waverly Pl., Recommended by Chrissy Teigen

Babbo

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Spike Mendelsohn (Chef, Top Chef), Matthew Marden (Fashion Director, Details), Chrissy Teigen (Model), Ingrid Hoffmann (Chef/Host, Simply Delicioso), Veronica Miele Beard (Fashion Designer), David Burtka (Actor), Jennifer Morrison (Actress), Natalie Coughlin (Olympic Swimmer), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Actress), Karen Fairchild (Musician)

Many New Yorkers would argue Babbo is the best spot for refined Italian in the city. The thing is, they wouldn’t have many to argue with. Babbo celebrates the Italian lifestyle, brought to you by world-renowned restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Here’s an insider’s tip: reservations are impossible to get but the restaurant posts [...]

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Bantam Bagels

Recommended by: Mary Kate McGrath (Editor-in-Chief, PureWow)

Bantam reinvents the bagel, serving bite-sized bagel balls stuffed with any type of cream cheese imaginable, from pesto, to sweet walnut.  Boasting creations like the infamous Weekend Brunch (an everything bagel infused with lox, tomato and red onion cream cheese), Banta Bagels is causing a stir their fresh twist on the NYC staple. www.bantambagels.com

Bar Pitti,  268 Ave of the Americas, Recommended by Kim Dickens

Bar Pitti

Recommended by: Ocean Park Standoff (Musicians), Jeffrey Jah (Partner, The Lambs Club), Hal Rubenstein (Editor-at-Large, Instyle), Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Danielle Snyder (DANNIJO), Joe Zee (Creative Director, Elle Magazine), Misha Nonoo (Fashion Designer), Nanette Lepore (Fashion Designer), Reece Solomon (Handbag Designer), Ingrid Hoffmann (Chef/Host, Simply Delicioso), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Debi Mazar (Actress), Kim Dickens (Actress), Tracee Ellis Ross (Actress),

Bar Pitti may be the best outdoor seating in New York. It’s a neighborhood favorite for yummy Italian on a sidewalk adjacent to Da Silvano – where everyone wants to see and be seen. The best thing is, at Bar Pitti they can be without paying the Da Silvano prices. It’s definitely a well-priced go-to [...]

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Barbuto

Recommended by: Michael Symon (Chef, Iron Chef America), Scott Conant (Judge, Chopped), Aaron Sanchez (Judge, Chopped), Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante), James Oseland (Editor-in-Chief, Saveur), Ray Isle (Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine), Jimmy Bradley (Chef/Owner, The Red Cat), Jose Garces (Chef, Iron Chef), Molly Sims (Model), Linda Wells (Editor-in-Chief, Allure), Dirk Standen (Editor-in-Chief, Style.com), Jesse Schenker (Chef/Owner, Recette), Tia Mowry (Actress), Laura Brown (EIC, InStyle)

Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto is undeniably a favorite of ours. No doubt a neighborhood gem, Barbuto’s Italian-inspired cuisine happens in a sleek garage space, and in the spring and summer all the doors open and inside feels like outside. We deem the JW roast chicken the best in the city; an absolute must try. Make a [...]

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Bespoke Kitchen

Recommended by: Tamron Hall (News Anchor)

The concept at Bespoke Kitchen is a unique one: The diner selects ingredients from a list of fresh market vegetables and ingredients, and the chefs create a bespoke dish based on his or her preferences. A standing menu of appetizers and various entrees accompanies the list – for those who prefer a more traditional experience [...]

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Birch Coffee

Recommended by: Carla Gugino (Actress), Chris Stang (The Infatuation)

This Manhattan-based coffee chain operates with a farm-to-cup philosophy in mind, sourcing all of its brews locally in an eco-friendly manner. Birch’s iced coffee is its signature, and can be ordered by the jug and delivered anywhere in the city. Now you know how to become everyone’s favorite person at work. www.birchcoffee.com

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Blue Hill

Recommended by: Dominique Crenn (Chef/Owner, Atelier Crenn), Catherine McCord (Weelicious), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Martha Hunt (Model)

This hidden spot in Greenwich Village – from Blue Hill Farm’s Dan Barber – sources from local farms and focuses on fresh ingredients and seasonality. The aesthetic is sleek, and buzz words and phrases like “grass fed,” “local” and “pasture-raised” abound. At a time when everyone’s doing “farm to table” this is a spot that’s [...]

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Recommended by: Nate Berkus (Interior Designer), Lionel Ohayon (ICRAVE), Branden McRill (Co-Owner/General Manager, Pearl & Ash)

This original brasserie flagship from New York restaurant kings Eric and Bruce Bromberg is a favorite of ours. The cuisine doesn’t pigeonhole itself into one genre or theme, it’s just innovative food at nearly reasonable prices. Definitely a great date night spot, but expect to wait – they don’t take reservations for small parties.  www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

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Bluestone Lane

Recommended by: Natalia Dyer (Actress)

It is hard to resist the Balthazar toast, especially in the age of avocado toast, but this item lets customers choose avocado and more with toppings from vegemite to fresh ricotta. The Melbourne-style coffeeshops offer Australian favorites in aesthetically chic settings. The café makes sure a premium coffee experience is had in any and all [...]

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Buvette West Village

Recommended by: Geoffrey Zakarian (Judge, Chopped), Dominique Crenn (Chef/Owner, Atelier Crenn), Jen Causey (Simply Breakfast), Denise Porcaro (Owner, Flower Girl), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Adam Rapoport (Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit), Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler), Eden Grinshpan (Host, Eden Eats), Trish Goff (Model), Carla Gugino (Actress), Jud Mongell (Five Leaves), Tamron Hall (News Anchor)

This adorable hidden gem on Grove Street can only be described as French tapas (if there is such a thing). With a range of French small plates, fromages, charcuterie, and tartinettes – here you feel more like you’re eating in a small French country home on the outskirts of Paris rather than at a restaurant. [...]

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By Chloe

Recommended by: Becca Parrish (BeccaPR), Devon Windsor (Model)

This wildly popular vegan restaurant is worth the wait for a table – or easy to grab a bite to-go. Helmed by chef Chloe Coscarelli, the menu is proof that vegan food doesn’t need to be boring, tasteless, or too “healthy.” Some of our favorites include the Quinoa Taco Salad, The Guac Burger, and the [...]

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Café Cluny

Recommended by: Dana Veraldi (Deer Dana), Kevin Tekinel (Deer Dana), Matthew Marden (Fashion Director, Details), Whitney Port (Fashion Designer, TV Personality), Omar Hernandez (Restaurateur, Omar’s), Stephanie March (Actress), Becca Parrish (Founder, BeccaPR)

Café Cluny is a definite favorite of ours here at The New Potato. Another masterpiece started by New York restaurateur Keith McNally, it’s an always-dependable neighborhood mainstay where the servers wear St. James boat necks and the front room is just as cozy as the back. They happen to serve one of our favorite burgers [...]

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Café Gitane West Village

Recommended by: Karlie Kloss (Model), Peter Tunney (Artist, Peter Tunney Art), Jodie Snyder Morel (DANNIJO), Marta Milans (Actress), Reece Solomon (Handbag Designer), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor), Jud Mongell (Five Leaves), Emily Wickersham (Actress)

Possibly one of the chicest lunch spots you can go to, Café Gitane is all about the people-watching. Oh, and have we mentioned the food? We recommend it for brunch rather than dinner; you may have to wait awhile but the avocado toast will be worth it… “The avocado toast is life changing!” – Karlie Kloss [...]

Carbone, 181 Thompson St., Recommended by Ali Larter

Carbone

Recommended by: Bryan Grey Yambao (Bryanboy), Elisabeth Holder (President, Laduree), Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour), Bobbi Brown (Makeup Artist), Nicole Scherzinger (Performer/Singer), Ali Larter (Actress), Juan Pablo Raba (Actor), David X Prutting (BFA), Devon Windsor (Model)

This Italian restaurant in the West Village pays homage (very successfully we might add) to the Italian restaurants of mid-20th century New York. They’re well-known for their delicious Italian classics; fashion blogger Bryanboy highly recommends the Linguine Vongole. Make a Reservation. www.carbonenewyork.com

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Chalait

Recommended by: Franck Raharinosy (Founder, SPIN)

This bright West Village café is a great spot to start the day. From its extensive matcha menu and pulled espresso to its fresh and tasty pastries and sandwiches, there’s something for every time of day. www.chalait.com

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Charlie Bird

Recommended by: Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Branden McRill (Co-Owner/General Manager, Pearl & Ash), Nancy Novogrod (Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure), Bianca Duenas (Senior Director of Sales, Reed Krakoff), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Nicholas Jammet (Co-Founder, sweet green), Jonathan Groff (Actor)

Charlie Bird is a new rustic Italian spot that’s solved some of our qualms about where to eat dinner when blundering around West Houston after a day in Soho. With delicious pasta dishes, as well as innovative small plates like tripe on toast, it has something for everyone. Make a Reservation. “Charlie Bird is one [...]

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Chez Sardine

Recommended by: Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur)

This new spot from Gabriel Stulman is an innovative mix of American and Japanese cuisine. When items like foie gras grilled cheese and spicy tuna hand rolls are sharing a menu, you know something magical is going on. The atmosphere is sleek yet cozy, and the menu is perfect for lots of courses and sharing. [...]

Claudette, 24 5th Ave, Recommended by Stephanie March

Claudette

Recommended by: Stephanie March (Actress)

Just north of Washington Square Park, Claudette is a cheerful Provençal eatery where French doors open to Fifth Avenue’s sprawling sidewalks. The charming decor creates an appetizing atmosphere on both cold winter days and warm summer nights. Make a reservation. www.claudettenyc.com

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Cones

Recommended by: Kim Dickens (Actress)

This tiny little storefront on Bleeker Street offers some of the best artisinal made-from-scratch ice cream and sorbets in the city, with flavors such as hazelnut, sweet tiramisu, and yerba maté (a South American tea). What makes Cones stand out amongst the hundreds of other ice cream spots in the city is its Argentine-style ice cream, [...]

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Corner Bistro

Recommended by: David X Prutting (BFA)

Corner Bistro is a New York staple from a different West Village era. Famous for their huge messy burgers (that many boldly claim are the best in the city) and cheap beer, this spot is timeless and effortlessly cool. Slide into one of the sticky wooden booths, order your own plate of fries and stay a [...]