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Chicago Restaurant Week 2013

Chef BlogChicago has long held the reputation of being a foodie town — from casual eateries to upscale dining, it’s a city that feeds visitors well. Want to see what all the hype is about first-hand? There isn’t a better time to taste the town than during Chicago Restaurant Week. From February 1-10, 2013 over 250 Windy City eateries will offer diners the chance to taste their culinary creations for a fraction of the regular price. Participating restaurants offer special prix fixe menus (often multi-course) for either lunch or dinner ($22 for the former or $33-$44 for the latter). From homestyle Italian to upscale French cuisine to sushi, curry and beyond, Chicago Restaurant Week has something for even the pickiest palate. Reservations aren’t required, but are certainly recommended. For a list of participating restaurants or to make reservations online, check out

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Toy in the Hotel Gansevoort

In a city full of cool neighborhoods and bustling boroughs, New York City’s Meatpacking District continues to be one of Manhattan’s most fashionable spots. It’s a place where old meets new, savvy travelers meet locals, and shopping meets the city’s best dining and nightlife.

Hotel Gansevoort continues to be one the Meatpacking District’s best hotels and features an incredible new spot that’s sure to change the landscape of the area. TOY is the brainchild of legendary NYC party planners Daniel and Derek Koch. The twins have been throwing some of the Big Apple’s best bashes, and never do anything half-heartedly.

TOY’s cuisine is best described as modern Chinese with Japanese influences, and is already garnering rave reviews. Executive chef Doron Wong’s dishes reflect the incredible space itself―transition, adventure, and the spirit of New York City. The bi-level main dining room features a private room if needed, while there’s an indoor/outdoor raw bar right in the hotel lobby. But the best view of all is courtesy of the outdoor dining terrace that looks out over Hudson Street.

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Perfection? PER SE, Thomas Keller’s New York restaurant overlooking Central Park has been drawing the moneyed and gastronomic élite in droves for a reason. Perfection may be it. Recently named the Sixth Best Restaurant In The World and the Best Restaurant In North America, gastronomes globally have given a nod to the near perfect execution and flavour experience Thomas Keller offers at PER SE. As stated in its mission statement, PER SE is an urban interpretation of The French Laundry, Keller’s California restaurant long-touted as the finest in the United States. So, the accolades really come as no surprise. Nor does Keller’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Faultless delivery and relentless scrutiny of each dish ensures that the daily-changing menu never grows flaccid or stale. The service, wine list and quiet luxury of the space is impeccable and deeply considered, as is the remarkable food. In the end, all the marvelous views, plush pews, sharply tailored wait staff, blue-aproned kitchen staff, roaring fireplaces and foxtail lilies mean nothing unless the food comes through with flying colours. And it does, in a big way.

The nine-course vegetable tasting features such sublime creations as Armando Manni Olive Oil “Royale”, a vivacious blend of pale green almonds, tender herbs and Meyer lemon “aigre -doux.” Other vegetable delights include a Green Tomato Sherbet served with a pumpernickel tea sandwich, and Austrian White Asparagus Veronique. The brilliant nine-course chef’s tasting includes the famous Oysters and Pearls (one of the mercurial menu’s mainstays), and Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster, a dish that should be served in Heaven if it isn’t.

Designer Adam Tihany has moodily toned the main dining room in muted gray and browns. There’s also a salon, bar, wine cellar, and a private room for 10 and another that accommodates 60 people. The wait staff wear stiff dark suits and Armani ties, and perform as silently as mimes. There’s nothing reticent about the food, however, which is beautiful, elegant and polyglot. That said, the Coffee and Doughnuts (when listed) are loud and proud.

PER SE 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 (212) 823-9335 (We suggest you book at least 2 months in advance)

If You Love Decadent Dining Then Stay at,

At the Trump International Hotel New York, a culinary feast awaits at 5 star and 3 Michelin starred international restaurant, Jean-Georges. This 5 star hotel is the pinnacle of modern luxury, combining beautiful accommodations with intuitive service. Located near Lincoln Center and Fifth Avenue shopping, the 5 star Trump enjoys the best of east and west.

The Setai Fifth Avenue is sculptural lines and a modern aesthetic, combined with an Asian-inspired simplicity that brings out the “Zen” in guests. At the 5 star Setai NYC, guests are moments from world-class shopping on Fifth Avenue, which hosts retailers ranging from Macy’s to Tiffany’s, and everything in between. Enjoy exquisite Mediterranean cuisine at Ai Fiorim, a Michelin star restaurant.


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ADOUR, the new Alain Ducasse restaurant in the St. Regis New York Hotel, has returned back to basics with a new Nature menu—perhaps with a nod to Ducasse’s new book, Nature: Simple, Healthy and Good. Ducasse has made a name for himself preparing bold, natural ingredients in a French Style and developed to be served with wines. The normal vegetarian tasting will be augmented by a health-conscious five-course menu. Ducasse contends that the ideal dietary balance is 80% vegetable/grain and 20% protein. While it’s good to enjoy tasting menus loaded with cream, butter and foie gras, people can’t eat this way on a regular basis.

Ducasse believes that quality ingredients are the most essential element in creating a memorable dish, following his famed mantra of 60% ingredients and 40% technique. Adour’s menu lives up to the Chef’s commitment and ardor, offering such delicate appetizers as Sea Urchin Homemade Pasta (in fennel, garlic and creamy uni sauce), and a sparkling Meyer Lemon Marinated Hamachi (with daikon fresh yuzu and espellette pepper). The entrees of the pared down but solid menu range from Diver Sea Scallops (with savoy cabbage and black truffle) to côte de bœuf for two, all prepared with specific wine-pairings in mind.

Tasting menus are offered, including a white truffle tasting menu as decadent as it sounds. Try Pumpkin Velouté (with walnut, chestnut, raisin whipped cream) or the beautiful White Vegetable Carpaccio (with apples and pickled shallots), or for something truly original, Contemporary Exotic Vacherin, made with mango marmalade and a passion fruit emulsion.

Ducasse has successfully brought his vision of healthy eating choices and excellent wine pairings to fruition with this elegant addition to the St. Regis New York Hotel, complementing the refined, linen-clad dining experience of Astor Court.

Two East 55th Street, at Fifth Avenue New York, New York 1002. (212) 710-2277

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