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  1. L'Artusi
    9.0

    L’Artusi

    228 W 10th St., West Village, NY 10014

    L’Artusi can officially go on our list of favorite restaurants in this town. A few things stand out as qualifications for such an honor – outstanding and consistent food, great service, good music, and some ancillary entertainment that comes in the form of great people watching.

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  2. Babbo
    8.9

    Babbo

    110 Waverly Place, Greenwich Village, NY 10011

    Of all the Batali restaurants, Babbo is the one most aligned with the Infatuation ideals for good eating. Del Posto, Lupa, Otto and Eataly have a tendency to be filled with faux-New Yorkers, which Stang covered in depth in the Lupa review. Babbo (and Casa Mono) are where the real motherf*ckers are at. When we […]

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  3. Perla
    8.9

    Perla

    24 Minetta Ln., Greenwich Village, NY 10012

    All too often, we find ourselves playing the role of hype-squashers, injecting some much needed reality into a situation when people are falling over themselves because a celebrity chef just opened a restaurant with a master pizzaiolo and an indoor water slide. We don’t particularly like being the ones to point out flaws amidst adoring […]

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  4. Marea
    8.8

    Marea

    240 Central Park S, Columbus Circle, NY 10019

    Marea definitely needs some good Infatuation press…they haven’t gotten much love lately. Makes you wonder if people around these parts have even heard of it. I mean, it’s only been awarded Best New Restaurant in America by the James Beard Foundation. While we haven’t yet logged enough hours on the road to make that kind […]

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  5. Torrisi
    8.7

    Torrisi Italian Specialties

    250 Mulberry St., Nolita, NY 10012

    Restaurants like Torrisi are the reason that we spend all of our free time eating and writing about food. If you enjoy consuming as much as we do and aren’t held down by underdeveloped taste buds, allergies or religious beliefs, you’re going to love Torrisi Italian Specialties. By day, Torrisi is the best new sandwich […]

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  6. Maialino
    8.7

    Maialino

    2 Lexington Ave., Gramercy, NY 10010

    About a year and a half ago, we wrote up a less than glowing review of Danny Meyer’s then brand new Roman trattoria, Maialino. We had high expectations due to Meyer’s flawless record, but flaws were found, and verdict was levied accordingly. Steinthal actually compared the place to every great band’s worst album. Ouch. But […]

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  7. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
    8.7

    Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

    53 Great Jones St., NoHo, NY 10012

    We love it when people get up in arms over a restaurant review. “How dare the New York Times give a Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria three stars? It’s a sandwich shop! Who do they think they are? That’s how many Adour by Alain Ducasse has!” Those aren’t real quotes, but that’s the “people who […]

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  8. Locanda Verde
    8.6

    Locanda Verde

    377 Greenwich St., Tribeca, NY 10013

    An Infatuation favorite, Locanda Verde is a very good restaurant, and it is so because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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  9. Topping Rose
    8.6

    Topping Rose House

    One Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike, Long Island, NY 11932

    We’ve spent a lot of time on this site, and others, discussing The Hamptons and its food scene. While the local produce and seafood are as good as it gets, that hasn’t translated into a more refined dining scene worthy of your big bucks. We love Lunch, Estia’s Little Kitchen and Round Swamp Farm as […]

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  10. Carbone
    8.5

    Carbone

    181 Thompson St., Greenwich Village, NY 10012

    In case you haven’t figured this out already, Immaculate Infatuation loves a good time. We’ll go to extreme lengths to find one, too, although usually not at the dinner table. Sadly, we rarely come back from a restaurant amped on adrenaline and exhausted from laughing. Going out to dinner is supposed to be fun. Yet, […]

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