As the holidays creep closer, we know all about the family visits and vacations. The pressure to impress extended family with unique meals and experiences mixed with the passion to celebrate each day in an exciting way. LAPALME has created a list of exquisite restaurants across the United States that are perfect to catch up with family and share those unique experiences we all long for.
Nerai (55 E. 54th Street)
In the heart of New York City, Nerai offers a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek dining. The restaurant, which is ranked one of the Top 100 in NYC according to TripAdvsor, has been frequented by Kim Kardashian and Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps. Nerai’s flavorful fresh seafood focused dishes from Executive Chef Moshe Grundman and layered cocktails are stripped down to their simple essence, revamped with a twist, then presented beautifully.
A Greek and Mediterranean inspired seafood restaurant located on the Hudson River at 1 Pershing Road in Weehawken, New Jersey. The cast of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and Dr. Oz have been spotted there taking in the unimaginably beautiful unobstructed views of Manhattan, while feeling worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.
Greene St. Kitchen
Created by Clique Hospitality, the dynamic, design-driven dining at Greene St. Kitchen pays homage to the artistic communities in New York’s SoHo neighborhood during the early ‘80s. Designed by Rockwell Group, the Greene St. Kitchen experience begins immediately upon arrival as guests enter a “speakeasy” video arcade with classic games lining the walls and a 1980’s 8-bit video-inspired tiled floor. A vending machine’s secretive “door” next leads through a tunnel and into the restaurant’s main bar and lounge.
Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar
The restaurant features a modern Japanese menu with a Korean-American twist. Guests are welcomed by an extraordinary ambience of raw natural woods, hammered steel accents and touches of red lacquer to compliment the dining experience. Kumi’s menu features Chef Akira Back’s signature Korean-American twist on traditional Japanese dishes. Constantly inspired by his childhood and global travels, menu items include a variety of shared plates such as Whitefish Carpaccio with hirame, dried shallot, Nanbanzu and Rock Shrimp Tempura with Sriracha ranch, micro celery.
Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles
The renowned Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles is a mainstay for revelry day and night, and offers unmatched stunning views of Los Angeles. Newly refreshed as part of the hotel’s $19Million dollar renovation, including a new floral accented archway that marks the entrance to the iconic poolside haven. The beautiful space hosts regular cultural events, pool parties, musical performances, and cocktail fetes all year round. Skybar features various signature programming to engage guests and Los Angeles tastemakers, such as their signature Night Market shopping nights, monthly poolside performances, daytime pool parties each weekend of summer, evening programming with live DJ music nightly, and more. Their extensive specialty cocktail menu and small + shared plate cuisine offerings will charm any guests’ taste buds. Skybar offers the perfect environment to sip an Aperol Spritz accompanied by a charcuterie and cheese board as the sun sets over Los Angeles.
Lionfish at Pendry San Diego
Opened in 2017, Lionfish is as social as the bustling neighborhood that surrounds it. The restaurant by Andy Masi’s Clique Hospitality offers modern coastal cuisine that features fresh-catch cooking and seasonal ingredients, all prepared with innovative twists by Executive chef and James Beard Smart Catch leader JoJo Ruiz.
Cleo Hollywood is located in the heart of Hollywood at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The restaurant features Cleo’s signature Mediterranean mezze style menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood-focused dishes and full raw bar to select from, creating an entirely new dining experience for guests. Designed by Dakota Development, a division of sbe led by President Joe Faust, the restaurant seats 120 guests. the decor emulates iconic Mediterranean design with rich velvet and jewel tone colors, lush tapestries and statement fixtures along with mixed metals and marble to create a vibrant and alluring space.
Norah is a neighborhood gem in the West Hollywood culinary scene. Executive Chef Mike Williams’s entirely made-from- scratch menu innovates and refines approachable flavors of Los Angeles, focusing on seasonal curation and local ingredients. The brunch, dinner, and tasting menus are complemented by a thoughtful selection of wines, as well as an inventive cocktail list that features seasonal variations on classic libations.