With outposts of such celebrity chefs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud, New York has long been hailed as one of the world's most distinguished culinary capitals. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée
is set conveniently between the Upper East Side and Midtown, home to some of Big Apple's most traditional favorites, like Jean-Georges, Daniel, Le Bernardin and La Grenouille. Arabelle, the Plaza Athénée's own elegant restaurant, is considered one of the neighborhood's best and the seductively lit Bar Seine is a popular cocktail lounge, ideal for beginning or ending a big night out.
Between endless glasses of Champagne on red carpets and continuous celebrity juice crazes, Angelenos are famous for preferring their meals in liquid form. It comes as no surprise that the artisan bartenders at Mr. C Beverly Hills
, with its connections to the legendary Cipriani family, know a thing or two about perfecting beverages. (They invented the Bellini). Guests of the sexy hotel can sip cocktails (the Mr. C
with mandarin orange juice is a favorite) poolside, at the rosewood-lined lobby lounge or over dinner at the elegant Italian hotel restaurant.
The farm-to-table craze is surging ahead in the city by the bay, buoyed by its significant hipster generation. Flour + Water has long been a staple destination restaurant, and the brand has recently branched out with Rich Table in über cool Hayes Valley, and now with Central Kitchen. The Michelin
-starred restaurant at the Taj Campton Place
, under the guidance of executive chef Srijith Gopinathan, produces contemporary Californian cuisine inspired by local ingredients and the chef's influences from the spice route.