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Hong Kong's Stylish New Hotspots

Moustache co-owner Alex Daye outside the store in Hong Kong.

Photo: Philipp Engelhorn

Food

At the 16-seat counter at the industrial-chic Liberty Private Works (dinner for two $154), diners watch Jean Georges–trained chef Makoto Ono prepare a seven-course omakase meal in an open kitchen. The seasonal menu is devoted to Japanese-inflected French cuisine—think hamachi tartare, with daikon and grapefruit-ginger jelly, and wasabi-spiked poached salmon. Inside Hollywood Road’s equally pint-size TBLS (dinner for two $120), chef-owner Que Vinh Dang, who has worked for Rocco DiSpirito and Geoffrey Zakarian, injects playful Americana into his set menu with riffs on alphabet soup and sloppy joes. A more rollicking crowd can be found at 208 Duecento Otto (dinner for two $150), in Sheung Wan. Babbo alumnus Vinny Lauria serves hearty Italian standards—beef carpaccio; bucatini all’amatriciana; Neapolitan-style pizza—against a backdrop of toile-patterned walls and solid walnut floors. It’s a five-minute ride across the harbor on the Star Ferry to Kowloon’s Nanhai No. 1 (dinner for two $70). Try Cantonese classics such as tea-smoked chicken and barbecued pork belly in the sleek, harbor-facing dining room.

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