Ina Garten's 7 favorite NYC restaurants

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Ina Garten's taste is, of course, impeccable. So, naturally, we wondered where the beloved host and cookbook author dines when the cameras are off and she and her husband, Jeffrey, want to enjoy a weeknight dinner in New York City. Fortunately, we were able to get some special intel directly from the culinary queen herself. And with her recent purchase of an apartment in Manhattan, you can now dream a little dream of sharing a meal—or at least sitting in the same dining room. (Consider this our formal invitation, Ina.)

Union Square Cafe: Garten is a self-proclaimed fan of all of Danny Meyer's restaurants, and this longtime gem comes in at the top of her list. After the iconic space shuttered due to a rent hike, the wait is almost over: Word on the street is that Union Square Cafe will be reopening sometime in November.

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The Mark: Garten. She's just like us. Despite having an entire city to explore, Garten often prefers to stick close to home. When she's staying at her Upper East Side apartment, that means heading to this Jean-Georges Vongerichten (another one of her favorite restaurateurs) establishment. Garten loves to post up at the bar; we can just imagine running into her with a glass of red and a whole roast chicken.

Roasted Organic Free Range Chicken

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Vaucluse: In the words of Mrs. Garten, "Oh, it's fabulous." One look at the photos of Michael White's Upper East Side French brasserie, and you'll be inclined to agree. (As if you'd argue with anything Ina says in the first place.)

Coeurs d’ Artichauts et Fenouil. Say that three times fast. Now say it with a mouthful of artichoke

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Dying to know where else Garten frequents when she's not #CookingforJeffrey? Check out the full list in DINE.

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