CuisineSeafood, Southern U.S. or soul
FeaturesRomantic, Foodie magnet, Notable chef, Formal, Perfect for a special occasion
In the late 1930s, this downtown building was a fabulous Art Deco bus terminal. It’s been through a few incarnations since then, and now it’s an award-winning bistro run by Johno Morisano and chef Mashama Bailey. During lunchtime, sample her dishes at the diner bar in the front, which serves an edited version of the main menu—including the famous blue-plate special. The menu is contemporary Southern, with a raw bar and a European wine list. Reserve in advance for the main dining room, which looks resplendent in leather and dark woods and has various remnants of the original bus terminal still intact. The staff is passionate and eager, making this one of the city’s best dining experiences.