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  1. Gato
    9.0

    Gato

    324 Lafayette St., NoHo, NY 10012

    Don’t worry about the fact that it’s a celebrity chef’s restaurant. Gato will remind you why Bobby Flay became famous in the first place – because he can f*cking cook.

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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. Cafe Habana
    8.6

    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
    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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  5. Pure Food And WIne
    8.6

    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
    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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  7. Russ & Daughters
    8.6

    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. CasaMono_2598
    8.6

    Casa Mono

    52 Irving Place, Gramercy, NY 10003

    Mario Batali’s Spanish tapas haven. This is one of those rare places that, if you sample a lot of things, enjoy a bottle of wine or three, and listen to what your waiter suggests, you will have a complete and satisfying dining experience.

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  9. The Spotted Pig
    8.5

    The Spotted Pig

    314 W. 11th St., West Village, NY 10014

    Possibly New York’s most famous “gastro-pub”, The Spotted Pig is ideal for evenings where you’re looking to mix it up, throw a couple down, and see where the night takes you.

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  10. Barbuto
    8.5

    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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