Need an Excuse to Travel? These Three New Eateries Warrant the Trek

Anguilla:
Altamer Restaurant
Shoal Bay West
(264) 498-4040
Renting the modernist-luxe villa Altamer on Anguilla will run you more than $3,000 a night, but a seat at the new (and nearby) Altamer Restaurant provides a taste of the good life at within-your-means prices. Using Murano glass plates and Russian silver, dine on French-Caribbean cuisine (think crayfish ravioli and rack of New Zealand lamb) from the daily menu. A pianist enthralls the dining room while chef Maurice Leduc entertains eaters at the coveted six-seat kitchen table.

New Orleans
Muriel’s Jackson Square
801 Chartres St.
(504) 568-1885
Palm Springs’ star-magnet supper club expands to the city that lives to live it up, New Orleans. Occupying 19th-century French Quarter quarters, the two-story Muriel’s serves a repertoire of bistro dishes devised by Palm Springs chef Doug-las Brown. Instead of the live entertainment that distinguishes its California kin, the spinoff revels in Old World atmosphere, serving food and drink on a balcony overlooking Jackson Square, or in a courtyard, in the formal dining room, or in the nocturnally themed Seance Lounge.

Philadelphia
Le Mas Perrier
503 W. Lancaster Ave. Wayne
(610) 964-2588
Famed chef/restaurateur Georges Perrier follows the success of Le Bec-Fin and Brasserie Perrier with Le Mas Perrier, a new outpost named for the ex-urban farmhouses — or les mas — of Provence. Guests only have to go to a Philly suburb; Le Mas Perrier takes them the rest of the way to France via 12-foot vaulted ceilings, oversize stone fireplaces, and exposed wood beams. Chef Pascal Valero worked with French master Alain Ducasse before lighting up Le Mas stoves.