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Restaurants Perfect For Dinner with the Parents

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  1. L'Artusi


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

    An updated review for an absolute classic. It hardly gets better than L’Artusi, and that’s been the case for a long time.

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  2. 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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  3. Mas

    Mas (farmhouse)

    39 Downing St., West Village, NY 10014

    One of our go-to destinations for Fine Dining in NYC. Mas is incredible.

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  4. 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. Charlie Bird - NYC

    Charlie Bird

    5 King St., SoHo, NY 10012

    Charlie Bird means New York. Or at least that’s what the introduction on the restaurant’s website says. There’s a Beastie Boys quote up there too, just in case you needed some extra convincing as to just how New Yorky this place is. Tough to argue with that. Now, obviously, no one thing can truly embody […]

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  6. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

    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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  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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  8. Betony


    41 W. 57th St., Midtown, NY 10019

    God, we’re getting fancy. Not long ago we would have prefaced this review with a “you know, we don’t typically eat like this” disclaimer, followed by some remark about how Momofuku is awesome or something. These days, I’m not sure we can get away with that. Too many tweets from Daniel, and let’s just all […]

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  9. BLT Prime

    BLT Prime

    111 E 22nd St., Gramercy, NY 10010

    This is not your grandfather’s steakhouse. The crowd is buzzing with return customers, most of them young, lower Manhattan types wearing jeans and button downs who prefer BLT Prime’s modern take on the steakhouse to the more traditional spots uptown.

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  10. The Grocery

    The Grocery

    288 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Even in an age of conceptual gimmicks and celebrity chefs, there’s still room for the little guys who give good kitchen. Most have been driven out of town. Not The Grocery. Carroll Gardens is a hotbed for culinary buzz and new restaurants these days. It’s filled with a plethora of Infatuation approved destinations like Prime […]

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