Without a doubt 1770 is one of the most romantic restaurants in the Hamptons. The small elegant and intimate dining room has beamed ceilings and fans and thick crown moldings above walls half painted beige and half covered with a subtle grass cloth. Wall sconces and antiques clocks adorn the walls and the dark hardwood... read more.
Set in a renovated Federal house in Georgetown, 1789 has always been a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Six separate dining areas are decorated in wonderful American antiques, equestrian and historical prints. My favorites are The John Carroll Room and the Pub. The John Carroll Room is decorated with Currier and Ives prints, early... read more.
Can a steak house be romantic? If it’s 22 Bowen’s it can be. A waterfront setting with great views, soft lighting, small dining alcoves, beamed ceilings, white linens, sparkling crystal, with great food and an amazing wine list, all add up to a superb experience. I love the Bubbles & Oysters to start with six... read more.
“Dramatic” only begins to describe 2941, a remarkable restaurant located in an unlikely spot, an office park, in Falls Church, Virginia. Picture palettes of rich blues, golds and browns, floor to ceiling windows, 30 ft. ceilings, soaring columns, fireplaces and views of a lake and waterfall. The walls are faux finished and topped with wood... read more.
45 Bistro was originally built in 1852 and completely renovated in 1992. The restaurant lies in the heart of town adjacent to the Marshall Hotel and is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The lively bar is the place to be for Happy Hour and a good start to your evening. Fun bartenders and... read more.
Scarcely a week goes by, particularly in season, without a mention of 75 Main in Page Six of the New York Post. A celebrity sighting, maybe there was a photo shoot, or perhaps someone got overserved. Whatever the reason, 75 Main is a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. I like it because it... read more.
A.R. Valentien was a talented 20th century California artist and is the namesake for the signature restaurant at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Many of the artist’s works are displayed throughout the restaurant. Serving regional San Diego cuisine, the timbered and elegant restaurant features both indoor and patio dining with views of... read more.
Addison, at the Fairmont Del Mar Resort, is San Diego’s most acclaimed restaurant earning two Michelin stars, AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Awards and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Chef William Bradley is a Grand Chef of Relais & Chateau and was the winner of the Culinary Master Competition. The formal dining room is... read more.
As the story goes, tapas style dining began when an 13th century Spanish king attributed his recovery from illness to eating small bites of food with wine between meals. So convinced was he of the merits of this style of dining that he decreed that no tabernas could serve wine without being accompanied with food.... read more.
The mood at The American Hotel is set with crisp linens, sparkling silver and crystal, soft candlelight and fresh flowers in four elegant rooms decorated in Empire and Victorian antiques and furnishings. What’s nice about this place is when you eat alone here, it has the feel of an old men’s club, comfortable and cozy.... read more.
Most restaurant owners toiled for others, honing their skills and working on the plan to open their own restaurant. This was true for Angele partners Bettina and Claude Rouas. Bettina started her career as a manager at The French Laundry restaurant and refined her skills as general manager of Bistro Jeanty and Bistro Don Giovanni.... read more.
Located just off the market, Anson’s is a sexy and romantic restaurant with hardwood floors, dark walls, chandeliers, crisp white table linens and sparkling taand pimento cheese.ware. beloved by locals and tourists alike, it is a must stop for your trip to Charleston Start with a drink at the handsome oak bar and sample one... read more.
Anton’s is located on the main floor of the historic Swan Hotel, just a few blocks from the center of Lambertville. A secluded, comfortable patio (on which you can enjoy cocktails) leads to a dark and cozy two tier bar area. The lower area has intimate tables along the paned window overlooking the patio. Antiques... read more.
The yellow flag on the white clapboard building above two bay windows on Duval means you have found one of the best Italian restaurants in Key West, Antonia’s. Owners Antonio Berto and Phillip Smith (also the chef) have created a comfortable, yet sophisticated restaurant in a candlelit wood paneled room with a cozy bar, creative... read more.
We have said often that the best dining experience is when food, ambiance and service come together to create a magical experience. That doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, but it did when we visited Arestsky’s Patroon in NYC. Two of our favorite authors, Stuart Woods and Linda Fairstein use Patroon in their books... read more.
The ’05 fire that claimed the main building, its restaurant, bar, wine cellar and wine collection was a blow to all who had enjoyed this magnificent restaurant on the banks of Lake Placid. My wife and I got engaged here just two months before the fire, so it had special meaning to us. How do... read more.
On my last visit to the Vineyard I was pleasantly surprised to find a new restaurant in Edgartown, the Atlantic Fish & Chophouse down at the end of Main Street. The ambiance, food, wine and entertainment were so enjoyable that I ended up eating there twice during my short stay. Created by restaurant veterans, Eli... read more.
The Auberge setting may be the best in the Valley, high atop a hill overlooking neighboring vineyards. It is the perfect place to watch the setting sun each day. I’m not sure which meal I enjoy more here. The food, wine and panoramic vistas lend themselves to long leisurely meals. The dining room has a kind of... read more.
Chef/owner John Besh is a nationally acclaimed chef and a certified rock star in New Orleans. He was named “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine Magazine, won the prestigious James Beard “Best Chef-Southeast” award and is a frequent guest on The Today Show. He owns no less than nine restaurants,... read more.
There’s a reason chefs become celebrities…they start out being very good at what they do and Charlie Palmer was no exception. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he cut his teeth at the River Cafe where he earned 3 stars from the New York Times. He then created a new style of cooking at... read more.
Towering ceilings and lots of windows make Avenue seem somewhat cavernous at first glance, but then you notice the warming fireplace, the long stainless bar, the booths in the bar area, a raw bar right out on the floor and of course, the amazing ocean views. The beige palette is soothing, the staff young and... read more.
Avra is a wonderful Greek gem on the East Side and a favorite for fresh Mediterranean seafood. The beautiful space is so cozy and warm you feel transported to a Greek Isle home. Whitewashed walls, limestone floors, fresh flowers everywhere, comfortable couches in the bar area, intimate booths, a bountiful raw bar, rough hewn woodwork... read more.
Balthazar is my favorite all around restaurant in the City. I have eaten every meal here, breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. When we are New York for the afternoon, we always stop for wine and a cheese platter or some delights from the raw bar. When we want really good bread, we get it from... read more.