To travel is to see the world through your eyes. To eat is to see the world through travel. Whether you’re traveling the 50 states or seeking the unknown in another country, there’s a restaurant you’ll never forget. Before booking your next trip, consider these U.S. restaurants that are worth planning your travels around:
The Dining Room at Blantyre. Dressing up for dinner is a forgotten formality, but at Blantyre, it’s required. Just don’t mistake the dress code for stuffiness. This crystal-and-brass candelabra-lit room, adorned in fresh bouquets and set with antique crystal, transcends time and reminds us that luxury exists in all forms. Our suggestion: Plan a trip during the summer months when the Boston Pops are playing at Tanglewood. Make a reservation at The Dining Room at Blantyre, and get dressed up for a night of Five-Star food and entertainment.
No. 9 Park. If you only come to Boston in the winter for one thing, let it be No. 9 Park. You’ll forget all about the weather once you’re cozied up in the candle-lit dining room overlooking Beacon Hill as the snow falls against the copper-domed capitol building. Savor the fresh-made pasta that chef Barbara Lynch is known for, and sip on an earthy red wine as you people-watch.
Naoe. Give up a night on South Beach for this restaurant located behind an alley in Sunny Isles. The reality is that Four-Star Naoe is one of the best things about South Florida…if you can find it. Chef Kevin Cory’s 17-seat restaurant offers the closest thing to Japanese food you’ll find outside of Japan. The menu changes daily, the sake and soy sauce is homemade, and the experience is like nothing you’ve see on South Beach.
Seasons. At the turn of the 20th century, the Ocean House was the summer home for America’s wealthiest vacationers. While no one expects you to waltz into the stunning Watch Hill mansion with butlers and chauffeurs in tow today, Ocean House still exudes pieces of its past throughout the grand estate. Book a table at Seasons during the summer months when fresh lobster, shucked oysters and farm-fresh vegetables and fruits are at their peak. Get a seat at the chef’s bar and nibble on last-minute creations from the kitchen team.
Tony’s. St. Louis is synonymous with the Arch, the Lewis & Clark trail and Grant’s Farm, but when it comes to food, most people are left wondering where to eat. Enter Tony’s, the landmark restaurant that has been around longer than some of St. Louis’ favorite tourist attractions. Generations of families have celebrated big events at Tony’s — why not book your table here and start a new tradition that will bring you back to St. Louis?
Culina at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This restaurant is the secret spot of those in the know. Hidden behind flowering trees and high shrubs, Culina is the secret hideaway for Hollywood foodies. Privacy is the unspoken rule here, but you’re welcome to rave about the things you see on your plate. (Tip: Don’t miss a plate from the crudo bar to start.)
International Bonus: Tin Lung Heen at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. This restaurant has a waiting list as high as the hotel itself. Open since March 2011, the Cantonese-inspired restaurant is worth traveling across the Pacific to get to. Don’t miss the traditional dim sum and barbeque pork buns. Finish off your meal with a traditional Chinese tea while you admire the views from the 103rd floor of the hotel.