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Best of the Best 2012: Dining: Geist

With its long, brushed-steel bar and sleek tables, Copenhagen’s Geist (+45.33.13.37.13, http://www.restaurantgeist.dk) does not look like the typically austere New Nordic restaurant. Nor, with its buzzy atmosphere, does it feel like one. But chef Bo Bech—who at his previous restaurant Paustian began highlighting pristine local products the same year Noma did—shows the same dedication to […]

Dining: Toque of the Town

Paris has waited a long time for Thierry Marx. For 10 years he ran the kitchen at Château Cordeillan-Bages in Gironde, where he made a name for himself as one of France’s most progressive chefs. Yet with two Michelin stars and daring dishes like risotto made of soy sprouts, he always seemed a little too […]

Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Squeezed in among Hermès, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent storefronts, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, made its debut on the narrow shopping street of rue Saint-Honoré in June. Though quite stylish itself, the hotel presents a comforting contrast to the crowded street outside. Visible upon entry to the 1930s-era building, the Mandarin Oriental’s interior courtyard is […]

New Capitals of Cuisine: Scandinavia: The Landscape Artist

“We have to go see Mr. Duck,” says Magnus Nilsson. I have just arrived in Jämtland, located about halfway up Sweden’s western coast, and have only begun to acquaint myself with this young chef who looks like a Malibu surfer but wears a Russian fur hat and packs a rifle in the back of his […]