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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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Aux Lyonnais

 Recommended by: Jay Fielden (Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country), Joshua Boissy (Co-Owner/Director of Operations, Maison Premiere), Valerie Steele (Curator, FIT)

Aux Lyonnais is a charming Lyon-style bistro by Alain Ducasse, which originally opened in 1890. It features appropriately old-fashioned decor and the slightly contemporary cuisine maintains its traditional heartiness.  Town & Country’s editor-in-chief Jay Fielden tells us he would finish up his ideal food day here for dinner. www.auxlyonnais.com

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Cibus

Recommended by: Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer)

A charming little Italian spot with only 15 seats, Cibus is oozing in authenticity and offers only the freshest fare daily, as transcribed onto the petite chalkboard menu. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate meal and some Italian hospitality.

Frenchie

Frenchie

Recommended by: David Myers (Chef/Owner, Hinoki & The Bird), Dominique Crenn (Chef/Owner, Atelier Crenn), Roopal Patel (Founder/Owner, Roopal Patel Consulting), Michele Promaulayko (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Health), Todd English (Chef/Owner, Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza), Carla Gugino (Actress)

The incredibly petite bistro features the inventive market-fresh dishes of chef Grégory Marchand. At Frenchie, the interior is modern and industrial with a wall of exposed brick, and it is famously impossible to score a reservation. www.frenchie-restaurant.com

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Le Grand Véfour

Recommended by: Joshua Boissy (Co-Owner/Director of Operations, Maison Premiere), Aurelie Bidermann (Jewelry Designer), Thalia (Singer)

As the first grand restaurant in Paris, Le Grand Véfour epitomizes Parisian luxury and serves only the best of French gourmet.  Large mirrors in gilded frames deck the walls of the incredibly ornate neoclassical dining room, where Maison Premiere’s Josh Boissy would sit “for a four hour lunch with Champagne and some Burgundy”. “I’m in love with [...]

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Les Mauvais Garçons

Recommended by: Alex Guarnaschelli (Top Chef)

This little gem is the epitome of the Parisian neighborhood eatery, and is a favorite amongst locals. For tourists who wish to experience Paris like the true Parisians do – this place is for you. On cold nights, dine in the simple and cozy main room. When the sun’s out, grab a table on the [...]

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Nanashi

Recommended by: Carla Gugino (Actress)

Combining health and freshness with Franco-Japanese flavors, Nanashi has become a favorite amongst those who appreciate good food at reasonable prices. The restaurant’s large, bright room carries Brooklyn-esque vibes, and mixes vintage chairs with fancy chandeliers. Meat, fish, and veggie bento boxes are the speciality here, with a favorite being th vegetarian bento with grilled [...]

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Spring

Recommended by: Daniel Corey (Chef, Luce), Reece Solomon (Handbag Designer), Ingrid Hoffmann (Chef/Host, Simply Delicioso), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler), Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen), Andrew Carmellini (Chef/Owner, The Dutch), Linda Wells (Editor-in-Chief, Allure), Carla Gugino (Actress)

At Spring, American chef Daniel Rose’s multi-course menu changes regularly, reflecting the seasonal nature of fresh market ingredients, which are meticulously prepared from the open kitchen. Refined and polished with a casual elegance, this modern French restaurant is the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion and is well-worth the difficulty of winning a reservation. [...]

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Toraya

Recommended by: Rose Carrarini (Chef/Owner, Rose Bakery)

This Japanese tea room is a lovely spot to visit for afternoon tea and pastries while in Paris. Popular amongst locals, it’s a great spot to experience authentic and unique Japanese pastries and baked goods – such as Japanese macarons – that you can’t often find anywhere else. www.toraya-group.co

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Yam’Tcha

Recommended by: Lela Rose (Fashion Designer)

This Franco-Chinois fusion bistro serves inspiring dishes in the Cantonese style, as well as a plethora of delicious teas. Chef Adeline Grattard incorporates traditional French and Cantonese cooking techniques and ingredients into flavor-filled, prix fixe menus. Her menus also offer the choice to come with matched teas, which her husband and co-owner curates. The peaceful [...]