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.
Chris StangCo-Founder & CEO
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
Hillary ReinsbergEditorial Director
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.
Nell PotterCommunity & Social Media Manager
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.
Jackie WidmannCommunity & Partnerships Manager
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.
Katherine LewinAssociate Editor
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.
Sam FayeChicago Editor
Brant CoxLA Editor
Taylor AbramsSan Francisco Writer & Reviewer
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.”
Max ChildSan Francisco Writer & Reviewer, iOS Developer
Michael BurkeLos Angeles Writer & Reviewer
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.