spice market, new york city
jacques garcia (best known for the hotel costes in paris) used artifacts from india, burma, and malaysia to transform a meatpacking district warehouse into this fantastical asian cocoon for four-star chef jean-georges vongerichten. (212) 675-2322

four seasons restaurant, new york city
considered one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world, it opened in 1959 (and was built at a cost of $4.3 million) by ludwig mies van der rohe and philip johnson. it's the only nyc restaurant interior to have landmark status. (212) 754-9494, www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com

wish, the hotel, miami beach
good luck finding a more enchantingly romantic spot than the todd oldham-designed dining garden at wish in the deco district. don't miss the electronic cocktails with their glowing ice cubes. (305) 674-9474, www.wishrestaurant.com

picasso, bellagio, las vegas
a beam-and-brick ceiling, $35 million worth of original picasso oils and ceramics, and great bursts of flowers transport you to the south of france, as will the french-mediterranean cuisine of chef jul­ian serrano. (702) 693-7223, www.bellagio.com

prime steakhouse, bellagio, las vegas
powder-blue marble floors, velvet drapes, baccarat chandeliers, and a lush blue-and-brown color scheme in a steakhouse created for world-renowned chef jean-georges vongerichten. (702) 693-7223, www.bellagio.com

craftsteak, mgm grand, las vegas
opened in 2002 by chef tom colicchio, who made his name at new york's gramercy tavern, this striking leather-and-wood room, designed by bentel & bentel architects, keeps raking in awards for food, service, and decor. (702) 891-7318, www.mgmgrand.com