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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. Momofuku Ssam
    8.8

    Momofuku Ssäm Bar

    207 2nd Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    Believe the hype. This is an all time Infatuation favorite. Be prepared to eat an unhealthy amount of pork and be very, very happy about it.

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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. 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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  8. 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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  9. Motorino
    8.7

    Motorino

    349 E. 12th St., East Village, NY 10009

    Is this the best pizza in New York City? We’re not dumb enough to make that bold claim. This is, however, our most frequented pizza joint in town. Motorino is incredible.

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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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