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Restaurants Perfect For People Watching

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Sugarfish Brentwood
    8.6

    Sugarfish Brentwood

    11640 W San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    “Dude, this sushi isn’t even that incredible.” OK, spoiled LA friend, we get it. Your fish on rice is so much better than ours. I’m not sure what kind of gold studded toro our LA friends are used to eating on a regular basis, but where we come from the sushi at Sugarfish is about […]

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  4. Fedora
    8.6

    Fedora

    239 W. 4th St., West Village, NY 10014

    Just so you know, this restaurant is named for it’s previous owner and proprietor, a woman by the name of Fedora Dorado who ran the original establishment for over 50 years before Gabe Stulman took over and revamped it in November. So don’t go thinking it’s an invitation for you to bust out that ridiculous […]

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  5. Carbone
    8.5

    Carbone

    181 Thompson St., Greenwich Village, NY 10012

    In case you haven’t figured this out already, Immaculate Infatuation loves a good time. We’ll go to extreme lengths to find one, too, although usually not at the dinner table. Sadly, we rarely come back from a restaurant amped on adrenaline and exhausted from laughing. Going out to dinner is supposed to be fun. Yet, […]

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  6. Shack Shack Times Square
    8.5

    Shake Shack Times Square

    693 8th Ave., Midtown, NY 10036

    “Selling out” will always be a hotly debated topic. Growing up, my friends and I would spend hours arguing about whether or not our favorite bands were sellouts. Green Day, Rancid, Bad Religion, all bands that were supposed to be so punk, yet signed on with a major label at one point in their careers. […]

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  7. nobu
    8.4

    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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  8. ABC Kitchen
    8.4

    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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  9. Acme
    8.3

    Acme

    9 Great Jones St., NoHo, NY 10012

    From a marketing standpoint, what Acme has been able to accomplish in the few short months since it has re-opened is nothing short of incredible. Some of the more “seasoned” of you might remember Acme from its previous life as a divey, down and dirty Cajun eatery and music venue. Back in the day, Acme […]

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  10. Chuko
    8.3

    Chuko

    552 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Damn we love ramen, and we’re not snobs about it either. We frequent Ippudo, Totto, and the rest of the popular spots around town as much as the next guy, but we’re also not ashamed to add water and eat that sh*t out of a styrofoam cup either. How else do you think we can […]

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