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New York City: Morimoto
88 Tenth Ave.; 212-989-8883

Bursting with culinary and design talent, New York puts on the greatest food show on earth. A new restaurant seems to open every second, so deciding where to eat can be traumatic.

Opened last winter in Chelsea, the theatrical Eurasian restaurant Morimoto is a collaboration of Philadelphia's celebrity restaurateur Stephen Starr, chef Masaharu Morimoto (known as one of the Japanese Iron Chefs) and Pritzker-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The space is elegant, with white tented canvas and a shimmering wall of water bottles. As for the food, expect exquisitely balanced inventive fusion: a gorgeous tuna tartare and lamb carpaccio accented with Asian seasoning, plenty of sushi, and Kobe beef. Dinner for two, $195.