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Restaurants Perfect For Impressing Out of Towners

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  1. Franklin Barbecue
    9.1

    Franklin Barbecue

    900 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78702

    As you can probably tell, we like to eat in Austin. A lot. And we’re not the only ones that feel that way. The past few years have seen Austin emerge as one of the more exciting food cities in the country, to the point where even the big food media outlets have started breaking […]

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  2. Picca
    9.0

    Picca

    9575 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

    Dining in Los Angeles is different than dining in New York. You probably don’t need us to tell you that, but every time we eat food in this town, we’re reminded of the fact that having a valet out in front of the restaurant is just about as essential as getting good press. Let’s just […]

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  3. 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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  4. Lucali
    8.9

    Lucali

    575 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Yes, it can be annoying to deal with an unpredictable situation, but for a pizza this good, we’re willing to deal with it. Lucali is incredible.

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  5. 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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  6. Mas
    8.8

    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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  7. Vinegar Hill House
    8.8

    Vinegar Hill House

    72 Hudson Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201

    One of our favorite restaurants that is 100% worth the trip to DUMBO.

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  8. Ippudo
    8.8

    Ippudo

    65 4th Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    In my dreams there is a Japanese Willy Wonka, and his factory looks like one giant Ippudo. I want to be the fat little German kid that drowns in a river of pork broth and noodles. This updated review of Ippudo is not here to mark a change in our opinion of the place. I […]

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  9. Kin Shop
    8.8

    Kin Shop

    469 6th Ave., West Village, NY 10011

    For some reason, I have always associated Thai food in New York City with faceless BYOB establishments that cater mostly to neighborhood takeout and post-grad dinners out on the cheap. That’s probably my fault, for having yet to make it out to some of the legendary places like Sripraphai, and also for living in Murray […]

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  10. Shake Shack
    8.7

    Shake Shack

    Madison Square Park, Flatiron, NY 10010

    I once saw a man at Shake Shack, dressed in a suit and setting a formal table. On the small metal table he placed a white tablecloth, fine silverware, a candle, and some flowers. For a moment, I was overcome with joy at the beautiful event that was about to unfold before me…this man was about to propose to a burger.

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