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Mexico City's Stylish New Venues

The King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Mexico City.

Photo: Gregory Allen

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A posh crowd lunches at seafood specialist Contramar (lunch for two $70) in the historic Roma neighborhood northeast of Condesa. Get to this standard-bearer for the tuna tostadas and fluke ceviche before the restaurant closes at 7:30 p.m. Rosetta (dinner for two $61), also in Roma, is where the glitterati head for local celebrity chef Elena Reygadas’s Italian fare (octopus carpaccio; asparagus risotto), served in a restored Belle Époque mansion. In Polanco, the minimalist interior of Biko (dinner for two $115) sets the stage for a Basque-inspired menu that contrasts classic dishes—sea bass in clam sauce—with such experimental interpretations as boneless short rib de la olla, slowly cooked with raisins, piñon, and cinnamon. If you’re in the mood for good old-fashioned frijoles or pork-topped tacos al pastor, don’t miss Condesa’s Taquería El Califa (dinner for two $20), which serves some of the best Mexican comfort food around.

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