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

Lunch at Quintonil in Mexico City

embarking on a long and leisurely lunch at quintonil

I left the fate of my lunch at Quintonil in the hands of my friends Alejandro and Liz, two Mexico City insiders who I was confident would steer me towards the right dishes. While the menu was in English, there were too many unfamiliar Spanish words highlighted in quotations that I just didn’t recognize. Terms like “escamoles”, “cuitlacoche” and “cegueza” were beyond my scope of “tortilla”, “mole” and “tacos”. So rather than try to translate everything, I let the locals do their job while I nursed my lovely avocado mezcal cocktail.Read More

Dinner at Pujol, Mexico’s Top Restaurant

breaking the seal on our dinner menu at pujol

The excitement is palpable outside the doors of Pujol. A crowd of diners, mostly foreigners, are patiently waiting the first dinner seating at 6:30 pm. Most have probably seen the profile of Chef Enrique Olvera on Netflix’s Chef’s Table and are undoubtedly excited to experience his cooking in the flesh, thus subjecting themselves to an ungodly early hour for dinner by Mexican standards. These are the things you have to put up with for a seat at a restaurant that is ranked No. 25 on the Top 50 San Pellegrino list.

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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