Where to eat like Bourdain in the Big Apple.
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There are a lot of people we'd take a restaurant recommendation from, but Anthony Bourdain tops the list.

Not only has the man traveled around the world enjoying meals in some of the best restaurants, but he's also got a great habit of finding the downright delicious in unexpected spots.

Bourdain shared his favorite New York City restaurants with The Daily Beast, and his top five are a mix of casual city institutions and high-end eateries that deserve a coveted spot on your “must-eat” list.

Shake Shack

Danny Meyer's endeavor has captured the hearts of burger fans around the world—Bourdain included. In the interview with The Daily Beast, he shares the extent of his admiration.

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“Chances are, the first thing I’m doing when I get back if I’ve been away for 12 days—I’m exhausted, I’ve flown from Japan or South America and I arrive at my apartment and I’m just destroyed—I’m calling Seamless to get me some Shake Shack.”

Proof that some celebrities really are just like us.

Russ & Daughters

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Bourdain's order at this New York City hotspot is a true dream: bialys, smoked salmon, chopped liver, cream cheese, fish eggs, and sturgeon. Yum.

Mission Chinese Food

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Bourdain heads to this Sichuan restaurant for one thing, and one thing only: fun.

“At Mission Chinese I drink cocktails with food,“ he said. “My judgment is destroyed by the time the appetizers arrive there. They do these lethal drinks that you would never in your right mind drink in any other circumstance. Mai Tais, really? Why not?”

Osteria Morini

This spot in Lower Manhattan is known for their Emilia-Romagna cuisine, and is regarded as a more casual and inexpensive sister to Marea.

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Pro tip: Bourdain noted it as another great spot for carb loading.


Bourdain heads to this spot just for the pasta.

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In fact, he shared that he's been known to try three or four different pastas in one sitting.