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Al Capriolo

Ski season in Europe has almost come to an end – spend your last snow-filled days at the exclusive ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy. Outside the town of Cortina you will find the amazing wild game restaurant Al Capriolo, which is definitely worth a visit. The interior is warm and inviting, with hunting trophies, roe deer (capriolo) antlers and wine bottles throughout the space. The restaurant has been managed by the same family for over a century and they really set the standard for quality regional cuisine. There is a great selection of wines to complement the awesome game dishes; treat yourself Italian style!

Al Capriolo Vodo di Cadore / Cortina Al Capriolo Michelin

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Brasserie Les Halles

New York with a hint of Paris: entrez-vous Brasserie Les Halles for a classic French meal in a fun setting. This Park Avenue location (there is another one downtown) opened in 1990 and operates continuously from 7:30am to midnight, seven days a week. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, but gets loud and boisterous at night – just like a true French brasserie! The setting is unpretentious and resembles a Parisian brasserie is every way: scarred wooden tables, tiled floors, stiff white table cloths and a waiting staff that’s friendly, but rushed. French classics such as onion soup, steak tartare, and foie gras are served with a simple salad or pommes frites. Thanks to celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who ruled the Les Halles kitchen for over a decade (and is still referred to as the restaurant’s “Chef-at-large”), we can even try to prepare these dishes ourselves with the help of his cookbook.

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La Gelateria Frigidarium

Ice cream lovers, seek no further! Everyone knows Italian ice cream is the best in the world so when in Rome…do as the Romans do. The Romans’ favorite place to get their gelato is by far La Gelateria Frigidarium, a little place close to Piazza Navona. The choices are endless, the prices are reasonable and the ice cream is just to-die-for. What about fondante dark chocolate, creamy pistachio or their specialty Bacio, meaning “kiss”? Expect to stand in line around certain times but that just makes the whole experience so much better. (What is it about standing in line that makes us want it even more??)

  

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Het Pomphuis

The famous quote “location, location, location” definitely applies to het Pomphuis. This unique piece of history is located in Antwerp’s harbour, which has been the biggest harbour of Europe for centuries. The early 20th century construction has been used as a pump house for decades, draining water from the next door dry-dock where large vessels were repaired. Het Pomphuis (Flemish for “pump house”) has been there since 2002 and offers breathtaking views of the river “De Schelde” and all harbour activities. They did a truly amazing job at turning the old pump house into a classy restaurant whilst preserving all industrial elements – even in the restrooms! The dining room feels exceptionally spacious with huge windows and 30 foot high ceilings. The basement, which is visible from the main floor, still holds three authentic pumps. Amidst all this historical heritage, your food just tastes so much better! Don’t expect hearty Belgium food however; the portions at Het Pomphuis are small in size with complex mixtures of ingredients and a matching price tag. This is not a restaurant for cosy family gatherings or a casual Belgian beer; it is however the perfect place for special occasions, business lunches or a posh & elegant dining experience.

 

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Eataly

Zagat’s survey 2011 research showed that Italian food is by far the most popular among New Yorkers. No wonder Eataly‘s founders decided to create a 50,000 square foot Italian food market place – or mecca if you like – in New York City’s Flatiron District. Eataly is the city’s perfect destination for (Italian) food lovers to find Italian delicacies and wines, a culinary educational center and a range of high quality eateries. But don’t even dare calling it a giant food court! One of the owners Mario Batali explains: “This isn’t a selection of restaurants under one roof. This is a retail store where we peddle the greatest of Italian gastronomy to people who want to eat it and know how to appreciate it.” Besides a great shopping experience, Eataly does offer several places to sit down. For a formal dining experience you can get a table at Manzo, which offers both traditional and modern Italian meat dishes. Or meet up with friends at Eataly’s enoteca La Piazza, with marble bars and standing tables where you can enjoy a glass of fine wine paired with delicious meats and cheeses. The most recently opened restaurant is Birreria, a laid back rooftop restaurant/beer brewery with a wide range of specialty beers and complimenting dishes. Buon appetito!

Besides New York, Eataly has stores in Italy and Japan, check the website for store locations!

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The Waverly Inn

This ordinary-looking restaurant seems to have the greatest appeal to everyone cool and famous. Why? – We’re not sure. Location: townhouse on a quiet street in Greenwich Village. Food: delicious but simple American specialties. Interior:  a lot of wood, chandeliers, paintings and a crackling fireplace to create a cozy atmosphere. One of the owners once explained: “The Waverly Inn is a neighborhood joint. Many of our neighbors just happen to be famous.”  At first glance, The Waverly Inn doesn’t appear to be the town’s most fashionable hot spot. However, if you manage to get a table you will instantly feel part of an exclusive dining club. This might be the reason why everyone from A-list celebrities to captains of industry have been fighting over reservations since the beginning. Luckily for us “rabble” it’s now possible to book a table online. The pricey menu is totally justified: anyone who fancies up a good old mac ‘n’ cheese with truffle deserves something extra!

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Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete is the perfect escape from all Rambla tourist traps. After shaking off all persistent – if not aggressive – restaurant owners you quickly flee into this quiet little street to discover tradional dishes in a great old-school decor. Most seating is directly at the bar, which forms the heart of the very long and very narrow restaurant. The lack of tourists just makes everything so much better. High quality food, the friendliest staff of all Barcelona and a perfectly organized chaos. Although at the bar you’re not able to look directly at the rest of your party, there are so many other details that catch your gaze. All dishes are tapas size and are prepared right in front of you where you have a full view of the kitchen. Their specialty is (shell)fish but the few meat dishes they serve are mouth-watering too. No wonder this place has become one of the most popular Barcelona restaurants in such a short time!


 


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Roest

Roest just recently opened in June 2011: an old, empty, industrial barn turned into cafe/theatre/beachclub/exhibition space. Over 200 years ago VOC ships were build on this territory, but now it’s just empty, industrial premises by the waterfront. It’s almost as if you are entering New York’s Meatpacking District. What better place to think of to open Amsterdam’s newest hangout? Roest aimes to combine creativity, music, theatre, catering and relaxation. Meaning it’s not just a cafe, but also a festivity location. Especially during the summer it’s all fun and play at Roest. Think of open air movie nights, Friday night barbecue’s, art expositions, bonfire’s and nice beats from the DJ-booth. However, just chilling on the beach, sipping a cocktail, is also something worth considering. But other than a very friendly cocktail-shaker, don’t expect there to be a bar or serving personnel. Roest came up with the idea of ‘supermarket-cafe’. Grab a shopping basket, pick up your drinks from the fridge, and pay at the cash register. Very inventive.

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