Every weekday, we're highlighting a blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Who: Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, of Immaculate Infatuation
Where: New York City, New York
We have been friends since we met in college, when both of us were in the embryonic stage of careers in the music business. Here we are now, eight years deep and holding down full-time jobs at Warner Music Group. With those jobs comes a very social lifestyle - we’re out all the time, going to shows and taking artists out to dinner. We both also happen to be obsessed with food, and eating out as much as we do leads to a pretty good handle on what New York City has to offer. So after years of being the guys that our friends turn to for restaurant recommendations, we felt it was time to go public. The world was in need of an unpretentious, unapologetic restaurant review website with a difficult name. Immaculate Infatuation was born.
There are a few things you should know about Immaculate Infatuation. We're not the blog that is going to tell you where to find the best dim sum in Queens, or how to make a killer pierogi. There are some really great sites that cover that, and it's just not our thing. We also won’t be using words like "toothsome" to describe the food we eat. That kind of professional food critic jargon is best left to the New York Times. We’re here for when you need a fail-proof recommendation for a "First/Early in the Game Date," "Girls' Night Out" or some "Action at the Bar." It's a big city, and people have a lot of choices. We just want to make sure you don't spend your hard-earned money on a meal that sucks.
Since our launch, we have grown fast and have had a few lucky breaks. We're now producing original video content that brings our love of music and food together, like taking a rapper to a raw food restaurant or inviting a young rock band from Texas to evaluate BBQ in Brooklyn. Life has become quite a bit busier since this whole thing started, and we’re enjoying the ride. At the end of the day, we're still the ones that our friends turn to when in need of a good restaurant recommendation ... we just have a lot more friends now.
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Haya haya... I do for instance Robin Williams.
gotta say, immaculate infatuation.com is the real deal for nyc restaurant rec's. what else could you want beside consistently witty and well written reviews? do yourself a favor and check it out.
They are always spot on with their recs.
they aren't players, they just crush a lot
I live in LA, and I still read these dudes. WTF is that about? THEY MUST BE GOOD.
some of the best!
I've been reading Immaculate Infatuation since the beginning. Love the reviews- they are all spot on.
I love reading their page and their tweets. I appreciate that they arent scared to piss people off (not that theyre mean at all!) Theyve responded to my questions on twitter and they have never led me astray. I trust them completely.
Would rather read their take on restaurants and bars any day over some stuffy newspaper critic. Good job spotlighting them, CNN.
I can respect a pair of dudes giving me a real, no BS review of NYC food. I like to hit up Immaculate if I find myself questioning an eatery anywhere in the city...they keep it real AND deliver quality content. Love what they do...keep up the good work boys.
Stang is hot
These guys make great suggestions in a tone that I can relate to. I frequently use as a resource to figure out date spots, and the "Browse by Venue" option is a perfect way for all of us NYC music fans to figure out where to eat before or after shows. Keep up the good work Immaculate!
I'm a frequent reader of Immaculate Infatuation. So glad to see these guys getting some recognition. They write real reviews for real people and never come across as pretentious foodies.
I don't live in New York anymore, but I still keep up with the guys of Immaculate Infatuation. They run a great blog that stands up to every other NY restaurant site. These guys are funny and definitely know their food. I always look forward to their reviews, and I'm never disappointed.
these guys are true to their world, good suggestions, great reviews!
Immaculate never disappoints. These guys have their finger on the pulse of NYC dining.
Great blog, great personality. I've been following Immaculate Infatuation for a long time now and they're always spot-on with their evaluations in a pithy, entertaining way.
look to them at least 2x a week on their blog and on twitter for reco's in NYC and elsewhere. love their reviews. keep up the great work!
Nobody mixes music and food together quite like Immaculate Infatuation.
Love you guys :-) I was just in NYC las week! Follow your twitter – a big fan ;-) Keep eating guys & posting your pix ;-)
Glad Immaculate Infatuation is getting the recognition it deserves. Way to be up on your beat, CNN.
HEY, they're handsome!!
their review of wildwood barbecue was spot on! good stuff.
A follower on Twitter. I've checked out a few of their suggestions and have never been disappointed.
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