Today we’d like to discuss a serious, polarizing subject: photographing your lunch.

The much-abused practice has gotten a bad rap, but here’s the thing: If it’s done right, it’s glorious. Everyone loves a beautiful shot of gooey cheese. You just need the right lighting with the prettiest setups.

Here are ten NYC spots that make it easy to get the best ’Gram.

russ daughters

RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE

Not only is this place NYC in a nutshell, but the red onions also really pop in “Hudson.”

marta

MARTA

You came for the pizza. You Instagrammed the salad plates.

bar primi

BAR PRIMI

A breakfast spaghetti is a terrible thing to waste. 

lobster pound

RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND

Inappropriate noises may occur.

root and bone

ROOT & BONE

It’s like taking a picture of Nana’s Sunday supper.

jacks wife freda

JACK’S WIFE FREDA

All the colors; none of the refined sugars. And you’re crazy if you don’t use “Valencia.”

levain

LEVAIN BAKERY

This is quite possibly the world’s most photographed cookie. (And for good reason.)

maman

CAFE MAMAN

Is #ihavethisthingwithcups a thing yet?

dimes

DIMES

Just your average acai-bowl heaven, with a side of black rice and pickled veggies.

cafe gitane

CAFE GITANE

We may have reached critical avocado-toast mass on the Internet. But this is the O.G.; therefore, it’s still OK to drool over.

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