Fine Dining

Rick Bayless—the country’s foremost expert on Mexican cuisine—holds court not close to the border, but up north in Chicago. For lovingly prepared gourmet renditions of authentic regional Specialties...
Chef Marc Vetri is a bit of a well-kept secret. His eponymous contemporary Italian eatery is a favorite among America’s top chefs, particularly those who also specialize in this sort of food...
Born in Lucca, Edoardo Baldi brings the Tuscan dishes of his childhood to the West Coast. He pays homage to his mother and grandmothers with homemade pasta, and the seasonally driven, immaculately...
Innkeeper extraordinaire, proprietor, and chef Patrick O’Connell is a stickler for seamless service and locally harvested raw materials. Here, in the Virginia countryside, he works with local...
Although Los Angeles and Wolfgang Puck aren’t the first things that come to mind when one thinks of steak, Cut proves they should be. Choose from U.S.D.A. Prime, American Wagyu, or its Japanese...
Refreshingly unusual and rich combinations--gingerbread and foie gras or rabbit and cocoa beans, for example—emerge from this Australian talent’s kitchen just off Wall Street in the Setai residential...
You haven’t been to L.A. until you’ve had the Ivy experience. It’s an extension of a Hollywood exec’s office, where deals are born or closed. The food stands up to the high-profile scene. Sit outside...
The quintessential 1930s New York City chophouse has been restored to its former glory and then some. Full of life, it now has the coziness and polished charm of a brasserie in addition to what some...
An all-American Beverly Hills staple, this is where old-school insiders go for their lunchtime red-meat fix. Sure, filet mignon, lamb chops, and prime rib are obvious and delicious choices, but don’t...
With food, as with everything else, simplicity, done correctly, is unbeatable. Nowhere is that rule better demonstrated than at this Greek estiatorio, an all-white, space where the best of the sea’s...
José Andrés is a veritable Willy Wonka of the savory; he combines diverse global influences and techniques to present some of the most creative tapas around, including a deconstructed Caesar salad,...
Masa Takayama is an indisputable sushi virtuoso, and this is his concert hall where he performs etudes in toro, sea urchin, or whatever premium fish has just arrived from Japan. The setting has both...
Thomas Keller finally graced Beverly Hills with his Napa presence in fall 2009, bringing his traditional French bistro to town. If you want to see how frisée salad with lardons and the perfect...
Michael White is a formidable team when it comes to fine Italian dining. In a warm, modern space of generous proportions on the edge of Central Park South, his newest and most impressive project is...
It’s as though Angelenos had never tasted pizza until they tried Nancy Silverton’s version. Geography aside, she has produced a new benchmark for a universal favorite. It doesn’t hurt that she also...
The Last Man Standing of traditional, formal French restaurants in New York City, La Grenouille’s staying power is as much the result of the gorgeous, well-cared-for interior as of its immaculate...
Owner-chef Suzanne Goin is known as much for her informal, family-friendly Sunday suppers as for her thoughtful, complex layering of flavors—scallops share a stage with kabocha squash, bacon, golden...
A study in timeless elegance, this Mid-Century Modern institution was designed in 1958 by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, who are also responsible for the Seagram’s building in which the...
Brett Graham cooks his heart out to everyone’s benefit at this Notting Hill eatery that claims the same owners as its more staid older sister the Square, which people appear to be abandoning for this...
Maverick British talent Paul Liebrandt is a bit of a wild card, and he puts this to excellent use in the kitchen of this Tribeca destination. He’s as devoted to seasonal produce as he is to the...
After more than two decades in business, a slew of beloved cookbooks in its name, and a host of successful alumni like Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall spreading its gospel, Rose Gray and...
Chef Dan Barber was the first to bring the ingredient-forward aspect of California cuisine to New York City, and has made it his mission to embrace the farm-to-table ethos. After opening his...
When superstar French chef Claude Bosi decided to move his 7-year-old Shropshire restaurant to London, the city’s gastronomes were beside themselves with excitement. Three years later, they’re still...
In her tranquil West Village boîte, chef Anita Lo applies her French training to global ingredients in surprising ways. Never precious or overwrought, dishes like duck breast pan-seared with fava...
A swank and convivial oasis for London’s movers and shakers, Le Caprice feels like an Art Deco clubhouse of sorts. It’s oxymoronically glamorous and understated, a combo that’s reflected in the...
Charlie Palmer moved his townhouse charmer to a larger-scale glass-encased atrium but didn’t sacrifice any of the precision he applies to the plate. In order to see his vision properly executed in...
San Francisco’s Fifth Floor restaurant has a new menu designed by a new chef, David Bazirgan. His Mediterranean-influenced fare features local ingredients in tasting menus, a la carte, or bar menus...
The headquarters for power breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and teas, here stands an old-fashioned grand dining hall on the premises of a 1920s car showroom that became a Barclays bank. The menu reads...
A Prohibition-era speakeasy that has stood the test of time and will never go out of style, this townhouse boasts two restaurants (a downstairs bar room and a more formal upstairs salon), 10 private...
Before there was Auberge de Soleil the boutique resort, there was the restaurant, and it was one of the first Wine Country culinary destinations. Not much has changed—the setting is breathtaking and...

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