The tables to book in your favorite places around the world.
Azure, Hong Kong
Scene A "floating" glass dining room atop a boutique hotel, with 270-degree views.
Must-Order Salade terroir—smoked duck breast, foie gras, tomatoes, and quail eggs.
Where 33 Wyndham St.; 852/3518-9330; dinner for two $130.
Scene Bejeweled, campy salon filled with the capital’s nouveau monde.
Must-Order Zucchini soup with langoustine and a glass of Bâtard-Montrachet from the fantastically flashy wine list.
Where 4 Yakimanskaya Embankment, Bldg. 1; 7-495/737-8008; dinner for two $150.
Scene Country comes to town: dark wood, leather, and large communal tables.
Must-Order Classic Sunday roast with Yorkshire pudding and a selection of single malts from the whiskey sommelier.
Where 209 Westbourne Park Rd.; 44-207/243-9818; dinner for two $150.
Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, Calif.
Scene Brick walls, soaring beamed ceilings, and a mammoth wood oven.
Must-Order Grilled baby leeks with parsley-pancetta vinaigrette.
Where Dolores St., between Ocean and 7th; 831/625-6500; dinner for two $60.