T+L Reports: Hot Spots
Published: April 2009
Book now to get a seat at one of these four European newcomers—their names will be on everyone's lips in the coming months.
Crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf trim—it's Versailles writ red at this 475-seat pan-Asian restaurant near Pushkin Square. A-listers mingle with politicos over abalone sushi and Peking duck. 26 Tverskaya Blvd., Bldg. 5; 7-495/739-0011; dinner for two $240.
ALLE MURATE, FLORENCE
Italian ladies who lunch nibble on tapenade-coated branzino beneath the centuries-old frescoes in this 14th-century palace while archaeologists excavate the ancient Roman site belowground. 16 Via del Proconsolo; 39-055/240-618; dinner for two $168.
In Finland's newest temple of cool, consulting chef Marcus Samuelsson recasts classic Scandinavian flavors: smoked reindeer steak is topped with a black teainfused onion compote; lingonberries turn up in a silky panna cotta. 24 Bulevardi; 358-20/770- 4714; dinner for two $140.
Young Brits dig into duck shepherd's pie in this converted clothing factory with soaring ceilings, then head to the clubby bar to sip Chambord martinis. 2327 Wadeson St.; 44-20/8983-7900; dinner for two $140.