Exit the city to eat well? These three destination eateries warrant the trek.

NEW HOPE, Pennsylvania: Moonlight, 36 W. Mechanic St.; (215) 862-3100
Visitors to arty Bucks County, less than an hour’s drive from Philadelphia, sup in sophisticated style here. Up-and-coming chef Matthew Levin raises the bar with items such as foie gras over sour cherries and prosciutto-wrapped filet mignon — in short, big-city food. The colorful fare and black-clad waiters stand out against the all-white interior, decorated with 3-D sculptures of famed still lifes by Picasso, et al., dipped in Moonlight’s signature white paint.

WAINSCOTT, New York: Star Room, 378 Montauk Hwy.; (631) 537-3332
Many restaurants thrive on style alone in Long Island’s chic Hamptons resort area. The Star Room has that, plus substance in the cookery of Kevin Penner, formerly of nearby Della Femina. His Asian-accented American fare ranges from langoustines with spicy green papaya to lobster risotto. See and be seen in the airy, three-story space with floor-to-ceiling glass doors framing the courtyard that separates the eatery from sibling nightcrawler Club Swa.

WOODSIDE, California: The Village Pub, 2967 Woodside Rd.; (650) 851-9888
Though the name remains the same, the 75-year-old Village Pub changed hands, changed chefs, and changed identities when restaurateur Tim Stannard recently took over. Its Ralph Lauren-like makeover restored the mahogany bar and installed red mohair walls, weathered barn flooring, and fireside leather library chairs. Chef Mark Sullivan (late of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn) similarly upscaled the menu, which ranges from olive-oil-poached salmon to tapenade-topped lamb chops.