Fine Dining

Meals at the 12-table Aubergine begin with Champagne and an amuse bouche and proceed through an odyssey of full-flavored courses that are not much larger. Specialties: A version of Tournedos Rossini...
Jean Georges Vongerichten has honed a style of contemporary French cuisine that showcases aromatic, but not heavy, broths and sauces. Many dishes are assembled table-side. Specialties: Young garlic...
When culinary innovator Thomas Keller purchased a restaurant that was operating in a century-old Napa Valley building in 1994, he kept its unusual name, which refers to a French steam laundry that...
Mario Batali’s showplace restaurant features high-luxury Italian on the fringe of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Del Posto offers several dishes designed for couples and foursomes, as well as...
Clio’s chef, Ken Oringer, is known for artfully pairing untraditional tastes and turning a meal into an adventure. Specialties: Oringer’s 8-to-10-course tasting menu might feature dishes accented...
CityZen’s setting is as sleek and dramatic as its name suggests, and Eric Ziebold’s six-course tasting menu, featuring modern American cuisine, is impeccable. Specialties: Sautéed Chesapeake Bay soft...
Charlie Trotter is renowned for creating elaborately prepared dishes: His nightly multicourse vegetable menu could include a pyramid of Brussels sprouts covering Italian chickpeas and shaved black...
In 1918, Arnaud Cazenave opened his New Orleans restaurant, which is the birthplace of oysters Bienville, a dish that includes shrimp, green onions, mushrooms, and white wine. Specialties: Creole...
Chef Grant Achatz's first restaurant is one of the most ambitious and original in the US. It recently received three Michelin stars for its exquisite, ever-changing dining experience: Achatz retires...
Missy Robbins has adeptly taken over the kitchen at this contemporary Italian restaurant that now, in addition to its downtown location on Madison Square Park, has a larger uptown presence...
The dining experience at this unprepossessing roadhouse is unlike that at Thomas Keller’s flagship establishment, the French Laundry. The informal Ad Hoc features a $49-per-person prix fixe menu,...
Michel Richard’s witty trompe l’oeil creations—like a room-service tray covered with desserts that resemble eggs, bacon, buttered toast, and hash browns—taste as good as they look. Specialties: A...
Executive chef Truman Jones has composed a cuisine he calls "California rustic elegance," featuring organic ingredients from local farms and from the property's private garden. Ventana's menu is...
Michael Cimarusti’s genius lies in is his finely nuanced understanding of seafood, showcased in exquisite dishes that bring out its natural delicacy. Specialties: Smoked-salmon risotto; Maine lobster...
Chef Georges Perrier opened Le Bec-Fin in 1970, and 40 years later, the restaurant still maintains its French fare and intimate ambiance. Signature dining options include the Grande Degustation ($185...
Chef-owner Frank McClelland serves 70 diners in three rooms in this 127-year-old three-story townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Specialties: A daily menu of juices, which can include pear...
Anita Lo’s beloved Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa is back on track after a closing as the result of fire a year ago. The decade-old establishment reopened in the same space in April with new...
Chef Ray Garcia of FIG in Santa Monica, California, is fast becoming known for more than just his cooking. He’s also gaining recognition for his widespread efforts to promote sustainability and local...
Masa Takayama, the Michelin three-star chef and master behind New York’s artisanal sushi bar Bar Masa, has opened a two-prong dining venue in the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas’ City Center...
Pierre Gagnaire, the Michelin three-star chef with an eponymous Parisian restaurant and head chef at Sketch in London, has opened Twist by Pierre Gagnaire in Las Vegas’ City Center—his first American...
To be won over by a small ball of rice might sound preposterous. And yet, all it takes is one blissful bite-size arancini and you will wish Bar Pleiades was your own neighborhood go-to for cocktails...
Critics and assorted culinary pundits cite chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft as a restaurant that altered the way we ate when it opened in 2001. It marked a shift away from heavy sauces and high-concept...
Before the flight of courses begins, the truffle butter that accompanies the bread service will endear you to SHO Shaun Hergatt and raise your expectations for the excellent meal to come. Be advised...
Is there anything better than looking out over Central Park while sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on prosciutto di Parma and other assorted house-made salumi? Perhaps enjoying all that with an...
New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer is celebrated for his successful dining venues Union Square Cafe and 11 Madison Park, as well as the expansion of his quality-driven, mod take on fast food, the...
This spring, famed chef Daniel Boulud will take his cuisine from New York--where he has lived and created a gastronomic name for himself since 1982--across the pond to London and open Bar Boulud,...
London staple Le Caprice restaurant has christened a second branch in Manhattan’s newly renovated Pierre Hotel. The new space is a sleek, Art Deco vision in black and white; a well-executed...
Former Central Park South resident San Domenico has reopened as SD26 on East 26th Street facing Madison Square Park, and the location reveals another dimension to the family-owned restaurant. Under...
It’s a risky proposition, taking over and remodeling a popular restaurant and city landmark. In the case of Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, the duo behind Manhattan’s popular Sant Ambroeus...
When chef Timothy Hollingsworth took over the helm at The French Laundry (TFL, to insiders) one might have expected some anxiety on his part. Since he’s spent a decade honing his culinary skills at...

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