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You know the trusted friends you turn to when you need a restaurant suggestion? That’s us. We aren’t “professional” food critics, meaning you won’t hear any pretentious foodie hobnob from us. We also aren’t restaurant industry insiders, nor do we accept invites, comped meals, or solicited reservations. Ever.

What we are is a website and mobile app started in 2009 (then as Immaculate Infatuation) by two guys who wanted to help their friends find not only great restaurants, but the right restaurant to suit their needs on a particular evening. That’s still what The Infatuation is built on today. We strive to make the reviews that we write both entertaining and useful, so that you can find a restaurant that’s “Perfect For” whatever you need, be it some Action At The Bar, or Authentic Ethnic Eats. The only difference is that these days there are few more of us on the team, and we have a whole lot more friends.

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Chris Stang

Co-Founder & CEO
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Originally hailing from the great state of Colorado, Chris Stang moved to NYC in 2002 to chase down a dream job in the music business. After spending nearly twelve years in marketing at Atlantic Records, he now runs The Infatuation full time, spending most of his time writing, and coming up with names for the Golden Retriever he doesn’t have. Stang was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for his very real review of the very fake restaurant, Underfinger, which he someday hopes to bring to life as a food-themed amusement park in rural Scandinavia

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Andrew Steinthal

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Andrew Steinthal likes cereal, ice cream, and sneakers way more than the average person. Talk to him about Infatuation brand partnerships, the Knicks, and his favorite wings of all time at Candlelight Inn. #EEEEEATS

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Hillary Reinsberg

Editorial Director
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A native New Yorker and talented writer, editor, and human, Hillary Reinsberg was the third person to join The Infatuation full time. She came to us via BuzzFeed, where she held an editorial position in their News & Japanese Snacks Department. Just kidding. She does really love Japanese snacks though.

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Nell Potter

Community & Social Media Manager
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Nell Potter grew up in Tribeca, went to school in Nashville, and returned to New York City in the summer of 2015 to run social media for The Infatuation. Job offers she turned down before accepting said position include: Fuel Cell Engineer for the Hyperloop, Marine Biologist, CEO of some agency, and Vice President of the United States.

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Jackie Widmann

Community & Partnerships Manager
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Jackie Widmann started as an intern in 2015 and now we all report to her. A recent graduate of NYU, Jackie's full time role at The Infatuation is running point on partnerships of all shapes and sizes, and also advising the rest of us on what words to use so that young people like us. She originally hails from Westchester, but recently discovered Runyon Canyon and the sun and is considering a move to LA.

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Katherine Lewin

Associate Editor
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Katherine Lewin lives in Greenpoint, so she's definitely cooler than you are. She also grew up in Austin and went to college in Los Angeles, so she's also far more knowledgeable about BBQ and sushi than any of us can ever hope to be. Along with writing features and reviewing restaurants, Katherine's job at The Infatuation is to keep all of our other city editors in line, by any means necessary. Her previous roles include copywriting at J.Crew, and Drill Sergeant at Navy SEALS.

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Sam Faye

Chicago Editor
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Originally hailing from the great city of Detroit, Sam Faye has spent an immeasurable amount of time eating in Chicago’s greatest (and often most mediocre) restaurants. We are still figuring out when to tell people about his severe disdain for Chicago sports teams. Probably later.

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Brant Cox

LA Editor
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Born and raised in Illinois, Brant moved to LA 6 years ago because except for Tilda Swinton, humans don’t naturally belong in winter. In his spare time, Brant enjoys tweeting about the chaos of Trader Joe’s parking lots and attending Corgi social gatherings throughout the region.

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Taylor Abrams

San Francisco Writer & Reviewer
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Taylor, after years of being a loyal Infatuation reader, finally convinced us to let her write restaurant reviews. Best decision ever. These days, you’re more likely to see her around the Marina eating tacos than in a yoga class, unless said yoga class offers tacos. She also moonlights at a new start up called “Instagram.”

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Max Child

San Francisco Writer & Reviewer, iOS Developer
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Also known around The Infatuation office as “Boy Genius” and “Kid Karate,” Max can best be described as the guy who has a season pass to the Chicago restaurant Next, even though he lives in San Francisco. Max’s passion for food and being smart is unrivaled, which is why we hired him.

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Michael Burke

Los Angeles Writer & Reviewer
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Burke is a fan of 3 things: hot wings, hot wings, and his beloved pet fish named Hot Wings. Midwesterner by birth, west coaster by yoga prowess, Burke has spent his last 6 years eating and writing his way though Los Angeles. He and his beard reside in LA’s eastside, which he is quite sure is better than the other sides.

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Amanda Williamson

LA Writer & Reviewer
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Originally from Virginia, Amanda spent 8 years in NYC and relocated to Santa Monica in 2013. A self described pop culture fanatic and pimento cheese connoisseur, she also won best dressed cowgirl in the 1987 “little buckaroo rodeo” in Clovis, New Mexico.

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Jarod Ballentine

Denver Editor
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Born and raised on the eastern plains of Colorado, Jarod went to CSU and now lives in The Highlands and eats things for fun. He is also the first ever person to use #EEEEEATS hashtag, which pretty much makes him the Ben Franklin of Instagram.

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Aaron Drew

Denver Writer & Reviewer
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There are a lot of things we can tell you about Aaron Drew. He's a Denver native, CSU grad, Broncos fan, prolific writer, and skilled eater. But all you really need to know is that he owns a Golden Retriever named Salty. And you trust a man who owns a Golden Retriever named Salty.

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Calais Zagarow

New York Writer & Reviewer
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Calais is The Infatuation’s resident sports expert and also New York restaurant reviewer. BLT’s are her favorite food group, Charles Barkley is her hero, and she once wore a shirt that read “Will dance for food,” to dance class every night of the week. The mantra still stands.

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Ben Kopelman

New York Writer & Reviewer
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Ben is the New York dude in charge of all things cheap eats, ethnic cuisine, and the outer boroughs. You know that amazing jerk chicken place out in Queens? Well, he does, so be friends with him.

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Eric Lane

LA Writer & Reviewer
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Eric eats dumplings + tacos + noodles + miscellaneous meats. He sometimes takes a break between bites to breathe.

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