Upper West Side
Opened in 2001 in New York City's Upper West Side, Ouest Restaurant serves up Nouveau American cuisine. Inside the well-lit dining room, red-and-white-striped pendant lamps hang from the vaulted ceiling, and circular red leather booths create an intimate experience. Executive chef and owner Tom Valenti creates dishes like house-smoked duck breast and his signature braised short ribs with horseradish spätzle and beets. The extensive wine list includes French, Italian, and Napa Valley vineyards, and desserts such as an iced cappuccino with semifreddo (semi-frozen) espresso and caramel sauce finish the meal perfectly.