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Joanne Wilson

Whenever there's something new in New York - whether that's a new company or a new restaurant - there's a good shot Joanne Wilson knows about it. Joanne is an angel investor constantly looking for companies that people love, and following that judgment she's invested in companies from Kitchensurfing to Blue Bottle to She's also a major advocate for female startup founders, having founded the Women's Entrepreneur Festival and with a large number of women-led startups in her portfolio.

In addition to investing, Joanne has also been blogging on her site Gotham Gal since before most people knew how to use the internet. She weighs in on startups and tech trends there, but she also writes about her frequent restaurant adventures. And guess what? She knows what's up.

So check out her picks, an excellent selection of classics you should revisit and hotspots you should check out. Definitely #EEEEEATS Approved.

Joanne's "Perfect for" picks

Cafe Cluny Perfect For: Chronic Brunch 284 West 12th St.

“When I meet someone for breakfast, it’s always at Cafe Cluny. I just love the place. It feels good all year round, and there’s a local charm to the place. I admit that I order the same thing about 90% of the time, soft boiled eggs with multi-grain soldiers. You can’t go wrong with anything there for breakfast including the daily special juice.”

Santina Perfect For: Date Night 820 Washington St.

“I admit I’m always one to try the latest and greatest when it comes to dinner. My favorite pick of the moment right now is Santina. Santina feels as if I’m on a short beach vacation when I am there. The food is really good and the pastas are over the top.”

Cosme Perfect For: Girls Night Out 35 E. 21st St.

“If you can get into Cosme, go. I loved Mexico City, and found the food there so inspiring and different from the classic Mexican fare in NYC. Cosme’s chef comes from Mexico City. I have been back a handful of times and have enjoyed every bite.”

Gramercy Tavern Perfect For: Classic NYC Establishment 42 E. 20th St.

“It never gets old walking into Gramercy Tavern. The flowers, the bar, the kitchen and the mural always make me smile. I love the couch seats. The service there is over the top, and no matter who you are or where you come from you are treated with respect. The vibe is wonderful and the food is always good. There have been a few different chefs over the years but they have all been stellar and kept up the original dining concept.”

Perry Street Perfect For: Lunch 176 Perry St

“If I am meeting someone where we need to really hear each other speak, I choose Perry Street. The lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu but the portions are just smaller. You can pretty much always get a seat, too. The room is simple and modern with insane amounts of light. A sophisticated little gem in the West Village.”

The Spotted Pig Perfect For: Lunch 314 W. 11th St.

“The Spotted Pig is never that crowded at lunch so you can always get a table. The menu changes daily but the burger remains on the menu no matter what.”

Momofuku Ko Perfect For: Unique Dining Experience 8 Extra Pl.

“The new Ko is definitely worth getting into as well…all David Chang restaurants in NYC are winners.”

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