Knife & Fork

  By Alexander Lobrano Tinkering with a neighborhood institution is always risky, but the new version of Vins des Pyrénées is a solid success. Why? Truth be told, this wonderful old hole-in-the-wall that’s been open in one guise another since 1906 is actually more appealing now than it’s ever been, with much

  By Alexander Lobrano Named for his signature dish–a composition of smoked eel with reglisse  (liquorice root), apples and hazelnuts, Restaurants Eels is the best new table of La Rentree (the Fall season) in Paris. The solid allure of this place is foremost due to the superbly witty, inventive and assured cooking of chef Adrien Ferrand,

By Alexander Lobrano With a striking redesign by British designer Tom Dixon and a tempting new menu by three-star chef Eric Frechon, the legendary Le Drugstore at the top of the Champs-Élysées once again offers a good reason to stroll up the most famous avenue in Paris. This is good news, too, since

By Ruth J. Katz If these walls could talk… We are referring to the walls of the chic restaurant The Leopard at des Artistes, located in the legendary Hôtel des Artistes, 1 West 67th Street, in New York City.  The walls are awash with nine panels, the first of which was

By Rochelle Lash The enduring allure of Quebec City is that whatever is conspicuously old and venerable also is remarkably new and avant-garde. And when we say old, we really mean old. Here, cobblestones and convents date to the 1600s. And when we say new, we mean progressive bistronomy by

By Alexander Lobrano With a menu of artisanally made pastas napped with vibrant Asian inspired sauces and a sidewalk terrace on the quieter end of Boulevard Saint Germain in the 5th Arrondissement, chef William Ledeuil’s restaurant Kitchen Ter(re) is the best new restaurant in Paris this summer. Ledeuil, one of the most

By Julie Snyder My husband, Joe, who happily leaves travel planning in my hands, had just two requests for our recent stopover in Paris. Predictably, one of them involved books and the other, cocktails. The literary destination? Shakespeare & Company. The cocktail venue? (You can probably see where this is

In the summer of 1999, I sat along the shores of Lake Geneva in the bucolic Swiss city of Vevey — along with a couple of thousand other spectators — and watched a spectacle that celebrated the glories of wine. This was no ordinary bacchanal but the Fête des Vignerons,

by Kim D. McHugh I’m 30 minutes into a 40-minute wait to get my hands on one of what I’ve been told is the best gyro in Ohio—and maybe the United States—at Steve’s Gyros. Opened in 1989 the walk-up stand—one of over 100 inside Cleveland’s West Side Market—is undeniably popular

By Alexander Lobrano In Paris, Arnaud Nicolas, 34, has launched a spectacularly succulent revolution at the new restaurant and boutique that bears his name on the leafy Avenue de la Bourdonnais in the ever so discreetly chic 7th Arrondissement. Stopping by this elegant pair of rooms with oak parquet floors,