Spice Market, New York
Renowned owner-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings Southeast Asian street fare to the gorgeous Spice Market in the Meatpacking District. One enters through an intricately carved wooden pagoda with lush red curtains. Every inch of the two-level restaurant is filled with antique carvings and screens, and accented with white leather as well as indigos, violets, ochres, and rich reds. Dishes are served family-style and include regional fish sauces, curries, and spices. Some favorites are the sweet mussels steamed in lemongrass, Thai basil, and coconut juice, and the chicken samosas with cilantro-flavored yogurt.