The NYC Restaurant Horoscope Guide
Your curated August restaurant recommendations are here, based on the zodiac.
Hello and welcome to the Infatuation NYC Restaurant Horoscope Guide. What is The Infatuation NYC Restaurant Horoscope Guide, exactly? We’re so glad you asked. 🔮
Each month, we analyze the stars and find out where your cosmic life intends to lead you. Where should a Leo eat on their birthday? How should Virgos approach the mid-month full moon? And what NYC restaurant could possibly satisfy a Sagittarius’s thirst for adventure? Let the universe (and us) guide you. No word from the skies about whether you’ll get a reservation, though.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)
The Blue Light Speak Cheesy
Introspection isn’t usually your thing, Aries, but you're in the mood to get it together this month. Now’s the time to set a new routine with a new regular spot. Make that spot The Blue Light Speak Cheesy, a breakfast speakeasy housed in Greenpoint’s zero-proof cocktail bar, Getaway. Their double-decker breakfast tacos feel truly different from other NYC tacos, both breakfast and otherwise, and we’re obsessed with their bagels and burritos too.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)
Mắm is permanently closed
Prioritize pleasure this month as Mercury, the planet of communication, enters Virgo. Grab a stool at Mắm and enjoy some funky, pungent Vietnamese street food. They specialize in bún đậu mắm tôm, and their “special” version comes with all the fixings: rice noodles, shrimp paste, crispy intestine, juicy tofu, silky pork belly, sausages, and a pile of herbs worthy of a parfumier.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 21)
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You might as well become a motivational speaker after this month, Gemini. Once Mars, the planet that revs up your ambition, enters your sign on August 20, you’ll have enough energy to create a franchise bigger than Fast & Furious. Keep that buzz alive at Vineapple. On weekdays, they keep a whole section of tables for laptops, so you won’t feel like you’re intruding if you use their space as a satellite office. We love the cold brew slushie as an afternoon pick-me-up, and they also serve full menus for dinner and brunch. We see you liking those hashtag-hustle memes online, but we’ll excuse it this time, Little Miss Warren Buffet.
CANCER (JUNE 22-JULY 22)
photo credit: Teddy Wolff
Expand your mind, man. You’re feeling open to new inspiration this month, and you can find it at the sushi speakeasy Studio 151. This East Village sushi speakeasy is the perfect place to go if you’re tired of predictable dining. You’ll enter through a black door—marked with a single red light bulb and a tiny square window—into what feels like a house party where they take their sushi seriously. On one visit, shots of sake were dropped with our check, along with an invite to check out the saxophonist at the music club downstairs.
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)
Happy Birthday! Leo season has arrived, and your only job is to figure out where you and your friends are going to be seen celebrating all month. Try LouLou if want a photogenic restaurant that’s actually good. Yes, this influencer-friendly spot is a little on the nose. But the over-the-top, fairy light-covered floral arch looks like a birthday party set up just for you, and there are animal-shaped cocktail glasses that look like they came out of an upgraded Party City.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)
August is all about new perspectives, ideas, and intellectual musings. You need to book a table at HAGS, ASAP. Eating at this tiny East Village spot—billed as “by queer people, for all people”—is like taking a walk through Alice’s looking glass and coming out the other side. After a meal here, you’ll have a new perspective not only on what fine dining can be, but what a restaurant can do for its community. Every dish is flawlessly executed and each component has a backstory.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)
photo credit: Noah Devereaux
August will be a lot calmer for you than fiery July. It's time for a bit of solitude. Take this to the extreme at Ichiran, where you can enjoy a big bowl of ramen alone in "flavor concentration booths" with wood panels separating you from other patrons. You don’t even have to talk to the waitstaff—just mark what you want on a form, push the button to order, then slide the form under the partition between you and the kitchen.
SCORPIO (OCT. 23 -NOV. 21)
photo credit: Emily Schindler
Dog Day Afternoon
This month is going to get dramatique, but it is Leo season. You might have to wade through some tension with family and friends for a bit, but it’ll be a good time to “find your joy,” somewhere like Dog Day Afternoon, a Windsor Terrace spot that makes excellent Chicago-style hot dogs and sandwiches. Customers, neighborhood folks, staff (who knows, really; the lines here are blurry) will lounge on lawn chairs scattered along the sidewalk between the storefront and the street.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)
"Delayed gratification." Take a deep breath and repeat that every morning for the first half of this month, because you’re going to be experiencing some growing pains in your relationships and your career. On August 25th, Mercury moves into Libra, and it’s time to let loose at Arthur and Sons. With its charming red-and-white color palette and Frank Sinatra soundtrack, this West Village Italian restaurant winks at you with red sauce traditions—but it still feels fresh, and everyone here is always having a good time.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)
photo credit: Aya Kishimoto
You’re feeling brand new this month and open to exploring new creative or romantic worlds. Do that at L’Abeille. The innovative Japanese-influenced French food is the main reason why you should come here. The $185 tasting menu at L’Abeille has six courses, and each one gives you a dog-eats-peanut-butter-for-the-first-time feeling of discovery. By the time the last dish arrives, you won’t want your meal to end.
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18)
photo credit: Carina Finn
Hi Food Cafe
If you feel burdened by extra emotional baggage this month, let go and leave some behind—because who wants to pay all of those absurd extra baggage fees? Take a breath and start anew with a trip to Hi Food Cafe in Brighton Beach. This place serves Armenian comfort food like lula kebabs and lahmajoun at its finest. Make sure to get a baked good straight out of the oven.
PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20)
photo credit: Melissa Hom
After a super social July, it’s time to pare down your social engagements and focus on your one-on-one relationships. This doesn’t necessarily just mean your romantic ones—though it can—but also those with your close friends, family, or even co-workers. Plan a night out at Deux Chats. Located under the Williamsburg Bridge, this Belle Époque-themed spot is perfect for an intimate get-together when you want to share some small plates or a giant seafood platter.