Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong

Dim sum is never the type of meal where men need to be in smart attire. But at Lung King Heen, the restaurant at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, proper pants are required. Our friend Terrence learned this the hard way when he arrived at the restaurant wearing shorts and was denied entry. But despite the angry protests, he had to either accept a loaner pair of pants or borrow one of ours. Terrence had to put on his big boy pants for this meal.Read More

Jitlada in East Hollywood, Los Angeles

jitlada in east hollywood, los angeles

The ethnic food in Los Angeles is always excellent, which is why I was especially excited to have lunch at Jitlada, a Thai restaurant in East Hollywood that was a favorite of late food critic Jonathan Gold and was described by Bon Appetit as having the best Thai food in LA and likely the whole country. As we drove through East Hollywood and into the heart of Thai Town, I grew more excited as I saw the colorful, foreign-language signs dot the boulevard. This was going to be an authentic experience with nothing watered down, explosive fireworks of heat and flavors at every turn.Read More

Kismet in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

kismet in los feliz, los angeles

California has perfected the bright and airy all-day cafe concept, and Kismet in Los Feliz is a shining example. The space has the sort of clean, white lines and wooden seats that are reminiscent of the new Nordic aesthetic that is highly attractive to many people. And this being California, the vibe here of course is a little sunnier and more laid back than even your typical cafe. You can even taste it in the food, which is Middle Eastern in influence, only the hummus and feta taste like they’ve been kissed by lemons and sunshine.Read More

Gjusta in Venice, Los Angeles

smoked fish plate, chef’s choice at gjusta in venice, los angeles

If Russ & Daughters ever packed her bags for a new life in California, her West Coast version of herself would be Gjusta, a laid-back deli and bakery in Venice. Gone are the high strung New Yorkers fighting for a table, replaced by people who don’t seem too stressed about anything, much less finding a place to sit down and eat. Maybe it’s because a lot of them aren’t working, as I noted on a Friday afternoon the large number of people who were here and not working at some sort of day job. No wonder everyone is so happy out West.Read More

La Mercerie in Soho

la mercerie in soho

La Mercerie in Soho is such a beautiful restaurant that it could just coast by on its looks and be successful. The space is quite stunning, as it serves double duty as a dining room and as a showroom for exquisite and expensive home furnishings. You almost feel obligated to dress up a little so that you don’t ruin the look and feel of the place, which goes well with Gucci and Celine, less so with anything much more modest.Read More