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Even if you’ve never heard of MS MR, you’ve definitely heard MS MR before. The unlikely rock stars had one of those songs you hear everywhere, without even realizing it. “Hurricane” was huge, and vaulted them from the cozy confines of the music blogosphere to the national spotlight. Lizzy Plapinger (vocals) and Max Hershenow (producer), NYC locals, and Vassar alumni, are MS MR, and they have a new album with an excellent new tune called “Painted” which Infatuation playlist subscribers will surely recognize.

Technically, this is Lizzy Plapinger’s second Friday Fives. You see, the fiery lead singer of MS MR is also one half of another dynamic music duo: trailblazing indie record label Neon Gold. Lizzy and her Neon Gold partner Derek Davies remain the “it” label for pop-leaning indie bands. They introduced artists like Passion Pit, Marina And The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, and Haim to the United States. Not only does Lizzy write great songs, but she has a great ear, AND excellent taste in restaurants. She’s a triple threat. Check out Lizzy and Max’s restaurant picks below, and make sure to catch MS MR on tour – they’ll be on the road for the foreseeable future.

ms mr's "perfect for" picks

Freda's Caribbean & Soul Cuisine Perfect For: Authentic Ethnic Eats 993 Columbus Ave

Probably the best Caribbean food I’ve ever had in my life. EVERYTHING is incredible but my go-to is jerk shrimp with collard greens and mac n’ cheese. Really great family-run operation and BYOB.”

The Commodore Perfect For: Brunch 366 Metropolitian Ave.

“Essentially our second home, on any given weekend you can find us downing hair of the dog cocktails and an Egg in the Window. Drink here until you feel better and just roll straight into lunch or dinner.”

Brooklyn Crab Perfect For: Big Groups 24 Reed St.

“Great for birthdays as well or if you’re dying to eat outside. There’s usually a bit of a wait but tons of outdoor games and beers to help pass the time. A fun hands-on delicious seafood dinner or lunch.”

Sud (Now Closed) Perfect For: Date Night 1102 Bedford Ave.

“Amazing handmade pasta and great service – Max took every man he dated over the four years he lived in Bed Stuy here, so it’s a tried and true date spot.”

Xixa Perfect For: Adventurous Eating 241 S 4th St.

“This is the place to go if you want a strange and delicious Mexican dining experience – get the prix fixe and let your waiter guide you through dishes like foie gras french toast and bone marrow spread on fresh tortillas.”

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