Where to Wear: Restaurants Archive

BOSTON

Aquitane
[Dark wooden floors, mirrored banquettes, menus chalked on blackboards, French bistro comfort food. What's not to like?]
569 Tremont Street
617.424.8577
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Bravo @ Museum of Fine Arts
[Tucked away on the 2nd floor of the Linde Family Wing, this quiet oasis surprised us very pleasantly with its fresh, well-prepared, locally grow lunch offerings, appealing presentation and lovely terrace.]
465 Huntington Avenue
617.369.3474
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Hamersley's Bistro
[A cheerful dining room, deft waitstaff, and lots of fresh, local options to choose from. Had it not been too hot to think about it, we might have tried dining al fresco here.]
553 Tremont Street
617.423-2700
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Oleana
[Certainly the most interesting and exciting food we enjoyed during our recent trip to Boston. We shared more than half a dozen mezze with friends and every one was delicious. With the amazing menu here, just close your eyes and point.]
134 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
617.661.0505
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NEW YORK CITY

Aurora
[If you're trekking over to this high-energy area of Brooklyn, the lovely little garden here is a charming retreat for lunch. Cash only.]
70 Grand St.
Williamsburg

718-388-5100
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Avra
[Grilled fish and other Greek specialties are delicious. Sit outside, if you can.]
141 E. 48th St.
212-759-8550
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Barbuto
[A lively spot for chef Jonathan Waxman's modern take on Italian food. As always be sure to try his roast chicken.]
775 Washington Street
212-924-9700
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Blue Hill
[Outstanding new American cuisine, seasonal and locally grown. The credo here is "Know thy farmer."]
75 Washington Pl.
212-539-1776
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Mas
[Exceptional new American cuisine rethought by a French-trained chef using seasonal and locally-grown ingredients.]
39 Downing St.
212-255-1790
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Sfoglia
[A real trattoria in the middle of Manhattan. It's tiny, so book ahead.]
1402 Lexington Avenue (@ 92nd Street)

212-881-1402
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CHICAGO

Blackbird
[From the street this restaurant looks much like the familiar "Nighthawks" painting you can visit just across town, but its sleek minimalism belies the carefully composed menu with its surprising and delicious juxtapositions of familiar and not-so-familiar ingredients.]
619 W. Randolph
312.715.0708
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Cafe Spiaggia
[The offspring of Chicago's most high-profile Italian restaurant, here even the rustic options, like pizza and pasta, are as refined as the sophisticated, big-city setting which looks down on the the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Lakeshore Dr., out toward the lake.]
980 N. Michigan Ave.
312.280.2750
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Henri
[The food here is "energetically American and French influenced" just like its namesake renowned Chicago architect Louis Henri Sullivan who designed the beautiful facade of the building that houses this elegant restaurant.]
181 S. Michigan Ave.
312.578.0763
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North Pond Restaurant
[Built in 1912, overlooking North Pond and formerly an ice skaters' warming room, the ambience of this lovely Arts and Crafts hideaway turns back the clock while its food is modern and locally grown. This is the perfect place for Sunday Brunch.]
2610 N. Cannon Dr. [Lincoln Park]
773.477.5845
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Pelago Ristorante
[Simple but careful preparations using the freshest ingredients are the hallmarks of Italian food and the kitchen here doesn't forget that. Our pasta and seafood choices were just right. The dining room is lovely, too, and on a warm summer night the outdoor terrace is even better.]
201 E. Delaware Place
312.280.0700
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Piccolo Sogno
[Rustic Italian food and a large shady courtyard for alfresco dining makes this restaurant extremely popular in warm weather.]
464 Halstead St.
312.421.0077
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Pops for Champagne
[With a list of nearly 200 champagnes and sparklers, a seasonal menu of small plates, and live jazz after 9 pm, this is a good place for drinks and a terrific alternative to yet another big restaurant meal.]
601 N. State St. @ Ohio St.
312.266.7678
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NEW ORLEANS

 

Gautreau's
[Take the St. Charles streetcar to Soniat St., then walk over a few blocks to this sophisticated neighborhood spot. Be sure you've got the address, since there's no sign at front.]
1728 Soniat St.
504-899-7397
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Domenica
[Gather a group to lunch at one of the long wooden tables here and everyone will be happy. It's one of those rare casual places that actually pays close attention to the food served: pizzas, pasta and panini.]
123 Baronne St.
504-648-6020
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Herbsaint
[Robust Southern classics dished up New Orleans-style and tweaked with a few lagniappes from France, Italy and Cajun country.]
701 St. Charles Ave.
504-524-4114
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Mila
[The Southern food of Mississippi and Louisiana (thus, MiLa) is the starting point here skillfully clarified and deftly refined by a pair of married chefs who hail from those very states. Hands down, the best "serious" meal we enjoyed on a recent eating binge in NO.]
817 Common St.
504-412-2580
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Polo Club Lounge
[A near-perfect spot for grownups to enjoy a cocktail while listening to a stellar nightly jazz lineup.]
300 Gravier St.
(in the Windsor Court Hotel)
504-523-6000
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Restaurant August
[Outside, 19th century New Orleans. Inside, polished wooden floors, old brick, crystal chandeliers, white tablecloths and a happy hubbub. Sophisticated local riffing on French cuisine. Should've started coming here a long time ago.]
301 Tchoupitoulas St.
504-299-9777
www.restaurantaugust.com

Sazarac Bar
[Newly recreated as part of the massive renovation of the storied Roosevelt Hotel, this handsome bar originated the eponymous cocktail. Visit at an off-hour, and you can chat with the bartender, but at cocktail time it's standing-room-only and painfully noisy.]
123 Baronne St.
(in the Roosevelt Hotel)
504-648-1200

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