The New Eleven Madison Park 2017

After some summer fun in the Hamptons, it’s back to business for Eleven Madison Park, which has returned to its NYC address with some big changes in store. The first is the physical renovation, in which the black booths have been removed to make way for blue fabric banquettes that open up the dining room space and make things feel more like a lively but intimate parlor room. The bar has also expanded, which is good news for those who might want to walk-in or do the less fussy 5-course $155 bar tasting experience. Even the place settings have also undergone a makeover, which you can read about more here in the NY Times.Read More

La Chèvre d’Or Restaurant in Eze, France

La Chèvre d’Or, the flagship two Michelin star restaurant of Château de la Chèvre d’Or, a lovely Relais and Chateaux estate in the beautiful mountain town of Eze, is the type of place that serves a customer for whom price is no object. Immediately upon seating, the servers will place a small spoon next to your plate, because ordering caviar here is the norm, not the exception. A champagne cart will follow, as will a look of surprise if you decline a glass. If you are a woman dining with a man, you will be given a menu without the prices since it is presumed that the fairer sex would not be settling the bill. Not surprising at all given that Eze is in the posh part of the French Riviera, where its nearest island neighbor St Jean-Cap-Ferrat has bragging rights to being the second most expensive place to a buy a home in the worldRead More

Mirazur Restaurant in Menton, France

mirazur in menton, france

Menton is a third-tier city in the French Riviera that gets passed over in favor of its glitzier neighbors. But its one claim to fame is the fact that it is home to Mirazur, a two Michelin star restaurant that is apparently the 4th best restaurant in the world, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Cannes may have better looking people and beaches, but money can’t buy you a restaurant of this stature and class.Read More

Steirereck in Vienna

steirereck in stadtpark

Steirereck the restaurant exists as a world in itself, enclosed within steely glass walls on the grounds of Stadtpark, in isolation from the city center. As the only restaurant in Vienna on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, impressively cracking the top 10 at No. 9, and with two Michelin stars, it truly is in a league of its own. A meal here is a privilege, and it certainly feels that way as you walk into its magical Narnia like quarters.Read More

The Ledbury in London

the ledbury

If you only have one night to splurge on a meal in London, save it for dinner at The Ledbury, the two Michelin star restaurant that ranks No. 14 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The few fine dining meals that I had in London at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Clove Club were certainly impressive, but they don’t compare to the food at The Ledbury. This is the type of tasting experience where every dish blows you away and leaves you feeling like this is the best and most interesting version ever of whatever you’re eating.Read More