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  1. The understated red-and-black band of Tatuaje Fausto ( www.tatuajecigars.com , $8 to $8.75) gives no hint of the strength that lurks within its Ecuadoran Habano maduro wrapper. But combined with a...
  2. With its spicy Sumatran binder and Honduran and Panamanian filler, Alec Bradley Black Market ( www.alecbradley.com , $7.40 to $8) provides a smooth, creamy smoke that immediately grabs your attention...
  3. This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we suspect it will not be the last. With the well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the family’s farms...
  4. Last year, at the end of a black-tie dinner, Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 100 Years Geneva ( www.davidoff.com , $22) to its top domestic retailers. The presentation was surprisingly low-key,...
  5. The pigtailed Nicaraguan puro Domus Magnus ( www.sagimports.com , $8.95 to $9.95) —whose name derives from the Latin translation of Casa Magna, one of the Quesada family’s most popular brands—is...
  6. If there is proof that big things come in small packages, it is the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro ($6.75), a diminutive figurado measuring only 4 inches in length, with a ring gauge of...
  7. At L’Abeille (33.1.53.67.19.90, www.shangri-la.com ) , his plush new restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, chef Philippe Labbé proves that formal French fine dining can still be deliciously...
  8. For a time, Restaurant 1833 (831.643.1833, www.restaurant1833.com ) seemed unlikely to become a standard-bearer for today’s casual yet savvy approach to fine dining. Its debut was beset by long...
  9. With its long, brushed-steel bar and sleek tables, Copenhagen’s Geist (+45.33.13.37.13, www.restaurantgeist.dk ) does not look like the typically austere New Nordic restaurant. Nor, with its buzzy...
  10. Chef Eric Ripert’s temple to all that is piscine, Le Bernardin (212.554.1515, www.le-bernardin.com ) has been at the top of Manhattan’s food chain since it opened in 1986. But while Ripert has...

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