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Restaurants Perfect For Celebrity Sightings

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  1. 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


    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. Cafe Habana

    Café Habana

    17 Prince St., Nolita, NY 10012

    An amazing little place that’s worth the wait. Quite possibly the coolest eatery in New York City.

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  4. Locanda Verde

    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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  5. Pure Food And WIne

    Pure Food And Wine

    54 Irving Place, Gramercy, NY 10003

    You obviously know by now that we’re not vegetarians. At times, this site feels like little more than a lengthy discussion about skirt steak and pork parts. Why then, are we giving so much love to a restaurant serving only raw food? Because while we may not be vegetarians, we are devoted hedonists, and Pure Food and Wine is all about pleasure.

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  6. Topping Rose

    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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  7. Russ & Daughters

    Russ & Daughters

    179 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, NY 10002

    When the lights went out and the water came flooding, we couldn’t help but wonder if this could be it. If Sandy were to permanently conquer lower Manhattan, what would we have missed the most? A bagel with belly lox, cream cheese, tomato and capers from Russ & Daughters, the LES institution of smoked fish […]

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  8. Barbuto


    775 Washington St., West Village, NY 10014

    A trendy spot, but for a more sedate group…not the hair gel and high heels crowd that you find a few blocks north in the meatpacking district. Simple food, top quality ingredients, a good wine and beer list – all the makings of an Immaculate Infatuation mainstay.

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  9. nobu


    105 Hudson St., Tribeca, NY 10013

    Some say Nobu is old news, but we say it’s still as good as Japanese food gets. Especially if someone else is paying.

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  10. ABC Kitchen

    ABC Kitchen

    35 East 18th St., Flatiron, NY 10003

    Jean-Georges kills it. We know this. The dude is one of the most inventive and creative chefs that’s ever lived. The locavore/farm to table movement that has recently taken hold of the New York dining scene is nothing new to J.G. – he’s been quietly playing that game for decades. That’s why it’s no surprise […]

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