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Point Grace Resort, the idyllic 35-suite (and growing) spot in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, is in the midst of a resort-wide renovation. Get a sense of the redesign via the recently unveiled Grace’s Cottage, featuring a new bar and lounge, Frenchinspired menu, and Bisazza glass-tile mosaic wall (above). Dine under the stars on conch chowder and jerk-spiced shrimp over spinach with a mango chutney. Total decadence: the grilled salmon topped with crab and hollandaise sauce. Pair with a carefully curated selection of Robert Parker–rated wine.

Wild Ink (above), in New York’s Hudson Yards, has a mellow yet energetic vibe— part Asian bamboo, part Western industrial. Exotic cocktail ingredients such as Thai whiskey and sesame-infused gin continue the East-meets-West theme. Must-try small plates: mapo tofu dumplings; shrimp and bacon siu mai; seared diver scallops paired with chunks of lardo and Indianstyle curried lentils. Large plates are perfectly seasoned, like the 20-ounce ribeye for two from Creekstone Farms. Leave room for the rich, homemade ice cream. 206 Summer 2019

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Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris launches pop-up Japanese restaurant Matsuhisa Niwa (below), an intimate, eight-seat dining experience in a Zen-like garden setting. Crafted with the collaboration of legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the sevencourse omakase menu is complemented by Maison Ruinart’s Champagnes. A must if you’re in Paris this summer.

Mott 32 in the Palazzo at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas brings refined Hong Kong cooking to the city’s already phenomenal gastronomic scene. Come here for the Peking duck, which is applewoodroasted, bursting with flavor, and sliced and served tableside with see-through thin steamed pancakes and an earthy hoisin sauce. Make a separate reservation for the dim sum as to not miss the soft-boiled, one-bite quail egg tucked inside a pork siu mai and topped with a speck of black truffle. Chef Stephanie Izard ate her way through Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa and called it “research.” The result: her fourth restaurant—Peruvian-inspired Cabra Cevicheria atop Chicago’s Hoxton Hotel. Request a spot at the six-seat bar to watch food prep—mouth-tingling ceviches and Japanese-Peruvian tiradito (like sashimi but with Peruvian sauces). The showstopper: a whole snapper cooked in Japanese-style curry.

Audrey at the Hammer (right) inside the Los Angeles Hammer Museum is both artistic and dramatic. Standout elements: Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo’s signature tiles and the multitude of lanterns suspended overhead. Regulars rave about chef Lisa Giffen’s Morro Bay black cod and mussels in a wipe-your-platedelicious saffron broth. The turmericroasted chicken is another crowd favorite. A nice selection of by-theglass wines from small producers, including Nortico Rosé from Minho, Portugal.

Neighborhood restaurant Small Town in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood specializes in the unexpected, including chicken liver mousse with strawberry preserves and pickled rhubarb on toast; sea bass with littleneck clams and green garlic aioli; and fried cabbage topped with bleu cheese and peppery buffalo sauce. But this place also understands the importance of putting fresh rolls—hot from the oven and still in the pan—on the table. Biodynamic wines from small, interesting wineries.

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