“One of the coolest restaurant concepts I have been to. It was like walking into another world. A Christian Louboutin boutique greets you next to the hostess, there’s a DJ in the bathroom most nights, and the menu was a fusion of cultures. I recommend going with a group and ordering an Indian, Thai, Chinese and Japanese dish to fully experience the flavors.”
High-concept Israeli chef Eyal Shani brings his made-for-sharing Mediterranean cuisine to the Venetian Resort Las Vegas with HaSalon, and it’s a perfect match. Go for the “vegetable creature” appetizers and hummus topped with lamb ragu; stay for the post-dinner dancing on the tables.
This wine bar opened in the trendy and historic Clinton Hill neighborhood in 2022 and is “one of the best meals in Brooklyn at the moment,” says Ivy Mix. “It is by the Michelin-starred team from Oxalis, but it is more approachable and delicious.”
A master of Central Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, winemaker Greg Brewer has crafted an instant classic with this new-for-2023 release. The Perilune vineyard, in California’s Santa Rita Hills appellation, is highly varied in both soil type and elevation, offering a natural complexity to the wine. Combined with Brewer’s subtle touch, the site has produced a velvety Pinot Noir that pairs well with everything from pasta to pâté.
Kingdom readers and staff enjoyed an exclusive first tasting of this new blended malt from master distiller Stephanie Macleod at the 2023 Kingdom Cup. “The nose, taste and finish are superb, and it comes with a couple Baccarat crystal tumblers,” notes Roger Steele. “An amazing drinking experience and an elite addition to any whisky collection.”
A wild dining experience is ensured at this surreal and spectacular restaurant on a 280,000-acre private reserve in South Africa. Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has created a culinary adventure (complete with a visit to a subterranean “root cellar” buried beneath the desert sands) that is reflective of the remote setting in the semi-arid Kalahari. Expect endemic ingredients, wildlife sightings and very few fellow patrons—the massive Tswalu Kalahari accommodates a maximum of only 40 guests at a time at its three luxury safari lodges.
In a city bursting with great bars, this new jewel box at the Capella Bangkok hotel stands out for its Chao Phraya–front setting, elegant interior (complete with a life-sized white peacock perched under a dazzling chandelier) and delicious drinks (beef old-fashioned, anyone?) served by velvet blazer–clad waiters. A perfect spot to start or end a night in Bangkok.
Opened last year in an early 20th-century caretaker’s residence, this pint-sized bar quickly earned worldwide acclaim for its cocktails and pub snacks. “It is a fantastic bar … one of the few bars that I have gone to in recent history that I thought was actually worth the hype,” says Ivy Mix. “It’s awesome.”
“Far and away the best dining experience I have ever experienced. Service and food were the best I have ever encountered. Celebrity chef Jeremy Ford is masterful.”
Chef Daniel Boulud’s flagship fine-dining restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary this year—an impressive stretch for a New York City eatery to stay on top. But stay among Manhattan’s best the restaurant does, thanks to Boulud’s diligent updating of its four- and seven-course menus, cocktail program and wine list. The Michelin-starred chef recently created a new bar and lounge area featuring the handiwork of Paris’s Lalique Interior Design Studio.