Three new spinoffs from a trio of top chefs:
LONDON: Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Brook Street, 011-44-20-7629-8860
London’s only three-star Michelin chef, Gordon Ram-say, brings his light French touch to the stoves at the venerable Claridge’s hotel in tony Mayfair. Celebrated interior designer/architect Thierry Despont revived the grand dining room while preserving many of its existing art deco features, providing digs that live up to the fare. Expect to blow a bundle, but expect, too, for it to be worth every penny.
NEW ORLEANS: Cobalt, 333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 565-5595
After a decade of raves at Bayona and a casual encore at Herbsaint, Crescent City chef Susan Spicer expands her culinary scope, cooking up coast-to-coast regional American dishes at her new restaurant, Cobalt. Five-spice duck and Southwestern pork chops with hominy, red beans, and peppers meet roasted Louisiana oysters on the well-traveled menu. With adjoining piano and oyster bars, Cobalt serves champagne-to-casual occasions.
NEW YORK: Medi, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, (212) 399-8888
Save yourself the trek, if you must, to Roger Vergé’s Le Moulin de Mougins on the French Riviera. The famed chef makes another stateside foray in Mid-town’s Medi. Partnering with the Milan-based Bice restaurants, Vergé designed a Tuscany-meets-Provence menu that includes hits such as monkfish terrine and beef filet with pepper-brandy-raisin sauce. The sunny yellow and blue room recalls the Mediterranean even as it overlooks Rockefeller Plaza’s enormous Christmas tree.