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30 Restaurants Where You Can Use Your Amex Gold Card And Get 2X Points

When we dine at restaurants, we use American Express. We're Amex Gold Card power users overhere at The Infatuation. Since we started the company six years ago, we’ve charged almost everything on our American Express cards. Amex recently added some new benefits to their enhanced Gold Cards, including 2X Membership Rewards points at US restaurants which is BIG. Especially if you eat out a lot, which we know you do.

Since two is better than one, we present to you the GoldEEEEEATS List, serving up restaurant pairings that should be on yours and every Gold Card Member’s must-try list. This list focuses on some of our top restaurant choices around the country, including restaurants popular with Amex Gold Card Members (lookfor the ⭐️ ).

Go out and eat at these restaurants in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, and get 2X Membership Rewards points. Tag your photos from them with #GoldEEEEEATS, #AmexGold, and #EEEEEATS on Instagram, and we’ll be reposting our favorites on @infatuation.

The post is promoted by the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, recently enhanced with a host of new benefits. Card Members now get more rewards like 2X Membership Rewards points at US restaurants, and a $100 airline fee credit on one airline for incidental charges like in-flight food and drink. Learn more here. This list wasselected by The Infatuation.


Perfect For: After-Work Drink & Bites

Santina Santina - Squash CarpaccioSantina is by far the best thing to happen to the Meatpacking District since actual meat, and it's got one of our favorite cocktail lists and eat-at-the-bar situations. Definitely order one of the drinks that come in a giant pineapple glass, and definitely order the squash carpaccio.

Read our full review. The Spotted Pig
If you're looking for a place to lift your spirits after a long day at work, look no further than The Spotted Pig. Good vibes are contagious here, and some of the best nights out we've had in this town started with beers and a burger at The Pig. It's a classic.

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Perfect For: Date Night

Oiji⭐️ Oiji Menu Pine Leaves Smoked MackerelGet Oiji on your date night radar. Oiji falls into the "modern" Korean category, and despite this being a popular category these days, it manages to feel incredibly fresh and original. We're really impressed by the food here, and highly recommend the smoked mackerel, beef tartare, and the fried chicken.

Read our full review.Gato⭐️ When you take your special someone on a big night out on the town, make it count. Gato will remind you why Bobby Flay became famous in the first place -the guy can seriously cook. And it shows at his newest Spanish-influenced restaurant in Noho. If you order right at Gato, you'll have a hard time eating better, anywhere.

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NYC's Best Burgers

Emily Emily, Brooklyn - Burger 1024x682Emily is our favorite new-style Brooklyn pizza, but that's not all this Clinton Hill spot does incredibly well. Enter: the Emmy Burger. You have not lived a hamburger-fulfilled life until you've tried this burger, which gets topped with charred onions, cheddar, and "Emmy sauce," which tastes like perfect buffalo wing sauce. Easily the best burger we've eaten all year. Get there immediately.

Read our full review.Shake Shack⭐️
Shake Shack is the burger by which all other New York City burgers are to be measured. It's incredible that regardless of how many Shack's they open, the quality never seems to waiver. Consistency is king at Shake Shack. Double Shack Burger with fries and a chocolate shake, please.
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Perfect For: Brunch (& Taking Pictures Of Brunch)Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack's Wife Freda green shakshukaGetyour camera (phone) ready, and prepare to breakfast with the pretty people.Jack's Wife Freda is a "cute" (though you're not actually allowed to use thatword) spot that's perfect for a brunch catch-up with friends over some green shakshuka or kale salad. They don't overdo it, and that's why we like this place.

Read our full review.Lafayette Move over Balthazar, Lafayette is now the quintessential French bistro of downtown NYC. It's a huge space with floor to ceiling windows and tons of natural light that will make that photo of poached eggs look excellent.

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Perfect For: Date Night

Sotto⭐️ Sotto Menu Spicy ClamsSotto is one of our go-to date night moves, and has become one of LA's best Italian restaurants. The menu is stacked with classic dishes like spicy clams with ‘nduja, squid ink bottarga, and spicy octopus spaghetti that'll keep everyone happy.

Read our full review.Alimento⭐️ Silver Lake is quickly elevating its status as a restaurant destination, and Alimento is certainly helping the cause. With a simple room, simple decor, excellent service, and absurdly good food, it's of our favorite date night spots in LA. The squid ink radiatori is special and the lamb shank could be one of the best cuts of meat in the city. The couple who chews on a lamb shank together, stays together.

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Perfect For: Lunch On The Run

ink.sack⭐️ Ink.Sack is home to delicious little sandwiches for a reasonable price in WestHollywood. Our favorites include the cold fried chicken and the vegetarian banh mi, but let's be real: all of these sandwiches are ridiculously good.

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Sweetfin⭐️ Sweetfin Poke Bowl LunchWe are fully on board with the whole LA poké explosion, and Sweetfin's among the best in the game. Mix some spicy sauce and quality ingredients into a bowl of tuna for a giant luau in your mouth. Santa Monica lunch has never been so good.
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Perfect For: Pizza, Pasta, Party Time

Bestia⭐️ Bestia Menu Beef MeatballsFrom its airy interior to its attentive wait staff, Bestia keeps things moving brilliantly. And that's why you’ll be so surprised when you look at the clock and two and half hours have passed. The pizzas, pastas, and meats are all incredible. You'll never want to leave.
Read our full review.Jon and Vinny’s All of Los Angeles was excited about the opening of Jon and Vinny’s, and it’s made good on its word for delivering well-priced, top-notch Italian food to the heart of the city, all day long. Also, the meatballs here might be the best in Los Angeles.
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Perfect For: Healthy Bowls & Beautiful People (Inside & Out) *Sqirl*
There's a reason people line up around the block for the food at Sqirl: all of it is amazing, and most of it is unlike what you'll find anywhere else. The tangy Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl topped with crazy fermented hot sauce has enough sustenance to get you through a whole week, and the ricotta and jam-topped giant slabs of toast are quickly becoming legendary.
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Backyard Bowls
Backyard Bowls Power BowlBackyard Bowls specializes in two things: tasty acai bowls and appealing to people who look like they're aging in reverse. Hopefully if we eat enough of these, we'll reap the benefits of their fountain of youth.
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Perfect For: Date Night

Tanta Tanta is a breath of fresh, exotic air, serving high-end Peruvian food that is perfect for date night. Order some pisco sours, ceviche, and the massive fried rice stone bowl.
Read our full review.Parachute Parachute Bi Bim BopOut on a quiet street in Avondale, the modern Korean-American food at Parachute will make for one of the best meals you can find in Chicago right now. Be sure to split an order of the ridiculous Bing bread and the bibimbop with your date.
Read our full review. * * *Chicago's Best Burgers

Au Cheval⭐️
We're not the first to make this claim, and we won't be the last: Au Cheval is the best burger in town. Simplicity is the key ingredient here, and Au Cheval still blows our mind every single time. We dare you to disagree.
Read our full review.Kuma’s Corner If simplicity doesn't do it for you, hit Kuma's Corner for some crazy burger combinations. If a patty with onion, pancetta, brie, and bourbon poached pear isn't already one of the better ideas you've ever heard, consider the fact that burgers at Kuma's are named after heavy metal bands such as Lair of the Minotaur.

Perfect For: Brunch (& Taking Pictures Of Brunch)Hoosier Mama Pie Co. Hoosier Mama Pie Co. is a casual bakery in Noble Square that we hit frequently for AM indulgence. Treat yourself to a banana custard pie or a mushroom gruyere quiche and get your camera ready, because if you don’t take a photo of your brunch, did it even happen?

Baker Miller Baker Miller is another brunch spot we love. This place pays attention to details, and everything is homemade. Simple items like oatmeal, toast, and breakfast sandwiches are unrivaled, and the sweet baked goods are just as delicious. You’ll want to hang out in the bright, cozy space for a while.

Perfect For: After-Work Drinks & Bites

Bar Siena Bar Siena Menu Fireball Pepperoni PizzaBar Siena is a one-stop shop for your after-work hang. Go heavy on the pizza and pastas. And drinks. You're going to want those too.
Read our full review.Charlatan Charlatan keeps things interesting with an extensive beer list, and menu items like oxtail and pig head. The place itself is begging you to eat and drink too much, but after a long day in the office, we're not opposed. In fact, we strongly approve.
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Perfect For: Unique Dining Experience

The Progress⭐️ From the six amuse-bouches — fried mussels and jerky are among the highlights — to the "floating island," a meal at The Progress is always fun and always inventive.
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Liholiho Yacht Club⭐️ Liholiho Tuna PokeLiholiho Yacht Club is a Hawaiian yacht club-themed restaurant in the Tenderloin. Yes, this place actually exists. And the food happens to be excellent.
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Perfect For: Oysters With A View

Hog Island Oyster Bar Hog Island Oyster Bar OystersHog Island Oyster Bar is one of the greats in San Francisco for two reasons: The oysters are fresh and delicious, and the view is truly world-class. We've spent plenty of evenings here, and each time we're reminded of why we love San Francisco.
Read our full review.Mission Rock Resort How do we like to spend our Sundays? Oysters on the deck overlooking the bay, Bloody Mary in hand at Mission Rock Resort. This place has a killer raw bar, and offers one of the few on-water dining experiences in the city. It's best for brunch, especially when it isn't so cold out.

Perfect For: Coffee, Breakfast (& Taking Pictures Of It)Tartine Bakery Tartine Bakery is one of our favorite brunch spots of all time. You'll have to wait for a table, but after you taste their bread you'll quickly realize it was worth it. Their baked goods are technical masterpieces that will benefit your tastebuds and probably also your Instagram feed.
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Craftsman and Wolves craftsman wolves rebel withinCraftsman and Wolves serves up the coolest pastry case in town. The ethos is captured in their most famous item: the Rebel Within. An egg inside a sausage-cheese-onion muffin, it's practically begging for you to take a photo.
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Perfect For: Being Rewarded For Waiting In Line

Plow the plowPlow is notorious for their 45 minute wait times, but there's a reason why people are fine with spending their significant chunks of free time on one of the few Potrero street corners that doesn't offer an amazing view of the city - because Plow has the best breakfast in town. Get plowed with a full Plow breakfast, with eggs, bacon, potatoes, and a couple pancakes for good measure.

Read our full review.Bi-Rite Creamery
San Francisco is scoop-loaded and cone crazy, with arguably the best ice cream game in the entire country. Everyone knows Bi-Rite is one of the elite, and the Creamery seems to have a permanent 50 person line all weekend long. Good things come to those who wait.

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