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New York
Field Guide

We think of The Infatuation as our friends who always know where to eat. From guides to help you figure out where to eat with a third tier friend, to reviews of the best new restaurants, The Infatuation is your most trusted restaurant resource. Check out their New York picks below, and visit theinfatuation.com for more on where to eat and drink in New York.

EAT by The Infatuation

Lucali

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If any other city on earth wants to challenge New York for the throne, we’ll agree to settle it in the old way: our best pizza versus theirs. We’ll nominate the plain pie from Lucali. The BYOB spot in Carroll Gardens has perfectly charred crust and even more perfectly sweet tomato sauce. And we’ll win.

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Manhatta

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In some ways, Manhatta seems like a standard fine dining restaurant. It has very good French food, a textbook-sized wine list, and service that makes you feel like you’re here to accept a lifetime achievement award. But what makes it unique is that its 60 floors up, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the best views of the city aside from your descent into JFK.

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4 Charles is a small, dark steakhouse where you eat a hamburger as an appetizer and follow it with 20 ounces of prime rib, a hot bowl of creamed spinach, and about four bourbons.

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4 Charles Prime Rib

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This Long Island City restaurant is packed every night with loyal neighborhood regulars and smart destination eaters. Why? Because Casa Enrique is where you’ll find the absolute best Mexican food in New York City.

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Casa Enrique

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There are a select few recommendations that come without caveats – wear sunblock, get eight hours of sleep, and don’t bribe anyone to get your kid into college. We have one more to add: Go to Crown Shy.

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Crown Shy

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You could write a whole doctoral thesis on what makes the ideal New York City slice joint, or you could just go to Joe’s.

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Joe’s Pizza

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DRINK by The Infatuation

The Nomad Bar

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The Nomad Bar is our favorite hotel bar in the city because it’s not full of loud tourists and business people who fire other people for a living. This classic spot is fancy enough to warrant a sophisticated $19 cocktail, but it’s still the sort of relaxed place where New Yorkers hang out with their friends.

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169 Bar

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If you want to drink somewhere in Lower Manhattan that doesn’t take itself too seriously, try 169 Bar. This is the official divey clubhouse of the Lower East Side where you can text your drink order from your table, find a spot next to a fake fish tank, and get several plates of dumplings after making friends with your seat neighbors.

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If Mark Twain lived in Williamsburg, he’d hang out at Maison Premiere drinking whiskey every Friday night, and you probably should too.

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Maison Premiere

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Sake Bar Decibel is a hidden cocktail bar with a great sake selection, and it feels like the perfect place to plan your next tattoo.

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Sake Bar Decibel

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The backyard at Lavender Lake in Gowanus is one of the absolute best places to drink outside in Brooklyn, and we’d recommend going there anytime it’s not hailing.

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Lavender Lake

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Marie’s Crisis isn’t for everyone (it’s a cash-only piano bar in the West Village where everyone sings show tunes together), but if you want a unique drinking experience you won’t find anywhere else, study up on Les Mis lyrics and come here.

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Marie’s Crisis

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Snack

Happy Bones

Airy digs clad in white brick frame local art and international coffee at Nolita’s Happy Bones. Hoping to creatively inspire New York with European-style espresso, the café is the perfect place to workshop your next idea.

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Devoción

Sourcing beans from untamed, near-inaccessible Colombian terrain while establishing social and environmental relationships along the way, Devoción brews the freshest and most conscientious coffee in Brooklyn.

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City of Saints

At their Bushwick and East Village locations, City of Saints celebrates its communities with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. The café also roasts their own beans, which they sustainably source from around the world.

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Blank Slate is bringing all day eats from breakfast sandwiches and coffee to small plates and craft beers.

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Blank Slate

Serving updated Moroccan classics, this family owned East Village gem is a neighborhood favorite with their lovely terrace and award-winning brunch.

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Cafe Mogador

Try the classic salted chocolate chip cookies or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go with the blue cheese–pecan scones or spicy bacon-caramel popcorn.

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Fredericks & Mae

Darts, tassels, arrows, a citronella spiral, confetti cannons, olive oil soaps: it’s the summer camp of your dreams tucked into the most beautiful Brooklyn space. Open only on weekends (and weekdays by appointment), Fredericks & Mae recently opened their storefront to celebrate their 10-year brand anniversary.

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Bulletin

Walk through the doors of Bulletin’s bathed-in-pink Williamsburg home and enter the world you’d like to live in. A generous percentage of all sales goes to Planned Parenthood, featured products are made by female-led brands, staff is friendly and easygoing, prices are within budget. We’ll stay for a while.

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Mociun

World traveler and designer Caitlin Mociun’s brick and mortar offers sustainable jewelry as well as minimalist, aesthetic homewares. The store’s trademark of simple, unexpected elegance is at its best with one-of-a-kind stone cluster rings using antique diamonds and rare gemstones.

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Stop by 192 Books for a poetry reading or book signing, or stay a while longer and wade through their impressive curated selection, catering to a variety of subjects, from fiction to natural history.

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192 Books

Sip on a  cup of Sightglass Coffee or Bellocq Tea as you browse the beautiful trinkets, ceramics, flowers and plants of Greenpoint’s Homecoming.

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Homecoming

Friends is everything you want and need: vintage finds, home goods, jewelry and more.

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Friends

Soft music, a truly great book selection and a cozy place to sit: McNally Jackson Books just gets it.

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McNally Jackson Books

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Warhol at Whitney

The first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989 (!), head to The Whitney from Nov. 12, 2018–March 31, 2019 to view Andy Warhol works ranging from classic to obscure. The exhibit also promises new revelations about the iconic artist we all think we know, along with how his art has aged and influenced today’s creative landscape.

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Built atop an abandoned railway, The Highline is 1.45 miles of nature above the city. Stops along the path include the Whitney Museum, The Standard’s rooftop bar and Chelsea Market.

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The Highline

Founded in 1971, MoMA PS1 serves as an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, hosting burgeoning and established artists of all genres.

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MoMA PS1

From 90’s nights to Purple Rain Skate Parties, Dreamland Roller Rink–located in Prospect Park–is a sparkly disco dream come true.

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Dreamland Roller Rink