John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

Long-standing favorites and iconic venues that withstand the changing tides of fashion.

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Hong Kong
On the seventh floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Amber has captured two Michelin stars for its prix-fixe menus of innovative French contemporary cuisine by Dutch-born chef Richard Ekkebus, conceptualized with a focus on sustainability and served in a dramatic room designed in elegant beige and gold tones.

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The Berghoff
Outstanding, authentic German cuisine is served at The Berghoff, a Chicago institution for 122 years. Named for the family that has owned the restaurant since it opened, The Berghoff serves the mini brats, Reuben sandwich and Wiener schnitzel you’re craving in a historic Adams Street location in the Loop.

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The Busy Bee
Open since 1947, the aptly named Busy Bee is always bustling. Fans flock to this downtown restaurant because it routinely earns top marks for serving the best fried chicken in Atlanta. The comfort-driven menu also includes barbecued ribs, center-cut pork chops, black-eyed peas and other Southern favorites.

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Le Clarence
Located in a 19th-century Parisian town house, this elegant restaurant is a feast for both the eyes and palate, from its view of the Grand Palais’ glass-topped roof to the artful dishes by chef Christophe Pelé. A menu of land and sea offerings and an exceptional wine list have earned Le Clarence two Michelin stars.

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Gramercy Tavern
New York City
Danny Meyer’s iconic Gramercy Tavern was a hot reservation from the moment it opened in 1994, and it’s never let up. The restaurant has earned no less than nine James Beard Awards for its contemporary American cuisine, which ranges from a prix-fix menu in the dining room to its famed burger at the bar.

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Le Grand Véfour
How historic is Le Grand Véfour? Consider that it opened in the arcades of the Palais-Royal nine years before Marie Antoinette met her fate at the guillotine. This dazzling restaurant remains a must-visit for fans of gastronomie, with celebrated chef Guy Martin’s modern-meets-classic French dishes almost too beautiful to eat.

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Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, Alabama
Mouthwatering Southern fare, prepared using French cooking techniques and locally sourced ingredients, earned chef Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar & Grill the title of Outstanding U.S. Restaurant at 2018’s James Beard Awards. Enjoy pheasant prepared two ways, stone-ground baked grits with country ham, and the restaurant’s famed oysters in a 1920s-inspired dining room.

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The Inn at Little Washington
Washington, Virginia
Refined American cuisine, which once again earned three Michelin stars in 2020, has been prepared since 1978 by Patrick O’Connell, the legendary chef and proprietor of this boutique five-star hotel and restaurant. Book a coveted kitchen table for an up close look at O’Connell’s preparation of tuna and foie gras confit or pepper-crusted duck breast.

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Mexico City

Routinely earning the title of Mexico City’s best restaurant, Pujol is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Chef/owner Enrique Olvera offers innovative takes on Mexican cuisine, from a kampachi ceviche that’s part of a tasting menu to an omakase experience that includes a grilled octopus taco, all in a relaxed but sophisticated space.

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Hollywood, California

This Hollywood Hills landmark originated as a private estate in 1914 and didn’t become a restaurant until the 1960s. Served amid Japanese gardens and koi ponds, the menu is a blend of cultures, ranging from yellowtail sashimi and soy ginger pork ribs to grilled marrow bruschetta and a Wagyu cheeseburger.

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