If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll appreciate that, no matter what city you find yourself in, there’s always a new and trendy restaurant/bar to check out. Here is the latest crop of hot spots.

In Lower Manhattan, expect a unique dining experience at Ninja New York, modeled after two eighteenth-century Japanese villages. Stone and wood accents abound, the staff are dressed as ninjas, and the menu is printed on a ceremonial scroll. Enjoy beautifully prepared fusion dishes such as wasabi-rubbed tuna steak and fluke sashimi in a tomato compote, plus many varieties of sake. 25 Hudson Street, (212) 274-8500, www.ninjanewyork.com — Jill Fergus

In Boston’s historic North End, everyone is talking about Mare, owned by Frank de Pasquale and Marisa Iocco (the team behind Bricco and Umbria). The cuisine is Italian/seafood, and most of the ingredients (and even the wines) are organic — dishes might include potato crème brûlée topped with marinated crayfish or Alaskan king salmon with grilled artichoke. 135 Richmond Street, (617) 723-6273, www.mareorganic.com — J.F.

In Washington, D.C., there’s a new place in town to conduct your next power meeting — Brazilian steak house (churrascaria) Fogo de Chão. Feast on slices of slow-roasted meats — including filet mignon, pork, lamb, and chicken — while closing the deal. You can also enjoy a full salad bar, traditional Brazilian side dishes like sweet fried bananas and garlic mashed potatoes, and caipirinha cocktails. 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, (202) 347-4668, www.fogodechao.com — J.F.

A branch of the super-popular RA Sushi has just opened in Houston. In addition to sushi, the stylish, two-story emporium with hip decor and cool music offers Pacific Rim dishes like apple-teriyaki salmon, yuzu-grilled halibut, and spicy garlic shrimp with tofu noodles. And don’t miss specialty drinks like the Tsunami Punch. 3908 Westheimer, (713) 621-5800, www.rasushi.com — J.F.

The latest food trend in Philadelphia is the upsurge in barbecue eateries, giving tried-and-true BBQ joints like the Rib Crib and Ron’s Ribs some (not so) healthy competition. The Smoked Joint (1420 Locust Street, 215-732-7500, www.smokedjoint.com) offers slow-smoked pulled-pork and beef-brisket sandwiches with horseradish sauce, while Tommy Gunns (www.tommygunns.net), with two locations (4901 Ridge Avenue, 215-508-1030; 630 South Street, 215-627-6160) serves up finger-lickin’ spareribs, brisket, and mouthwatering corn bread. And in northeast Philly, there is Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse (7500 State Road, 215-331-3112,
www.sweetlucys.com), owned by Brooke and Jim Higgins. This former trailer has grown into a sit-down restaurant with menu items including Texas beef brisket and pulled pork over hickory, accompanied by hearty sides like spicy collard greens and baked beans. — J.F.

When you walk in the door of Jet Vodka Lounge, located in Chicago’s Weed Street district, you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to when “stewardesses” looked more like go-go dancers and passengers actually dressed for travel — think ’60s chic, remixed with aviation decor (right down to the curved ceiling that’s reminiscent of being in a 777).

But unlike the type of flight the club brings to mind, Jet’s flights come by way of vodka samples (they offer more than 130 varieties) served in shot glasses made of ice. Wade through the red-velvet-rope crowd or book a private party complete with first-class catering. 1551 North Sheffield Avenue, (312) 440-9140, www.gojetgo.com — Michelle Reneau