From L.A. to London, the hottest tables encourage lingering via either riveting settings or chef-driven cocktails. 

Chef José Andrés adds a cocktail companion to his minibar restaurant in the new 23-seat BARMINI in Washington, D.C. Seasonal drinks ranging from the Scandinavian Cup made with a Viking-era sugar recipe to the moonshine-based Jersey Lightning come in antique glasses with hand-sawn ice and bar snacks like gourmet cheesesteaks.

In Chicago, SUMI ROBATA BAR takes its name from the Japanese term for charcoal. Fourteen seats edge the 26-foot-long exhibition grill where chef Gene Kato turns out veggies, seafood, and meat with some unusual options such as pork jowl. Downstairs, the 11-seat Charcoal Bar spotlights mixology.

In London, hit trendy Hoxton for BEAGLE, a new restaurant, bar, and coffee shop built into three historic railway arches. Chef James Ferguson turns out produce-led British fare in daily changing menus that might include pig’s head croquette and wood-grilled sea bass. See and be seen on the outdoor terrace.

Atop the Herzog & de Meuron-designed garage on Miami’s Lincoln Road, the year-old JUVIA has all the sizzle you come to South Beach for in a 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor penthouse with a lush vertical garden. The global menu draws on French, Asian, and Peruvian foods.

Housed in an 1883-vintage English Stick-style carriage house in Portland, Oregon, RAVEN & ROSE refines Euro-centric farmhouse cookery in dishes like braised duck with semolina noodles and rabbit with creamed kale. Sip a cocktail over a game of pool in the upstairs Rookery bar.

Los Angeles chef David Myers of Comme Ça fame recently launched HINOKI & THE BIRD, anchoring the ground floor of a near-Beverly Hills high-rise in rustic woody interiors. Comfort food hits the Silk Road in dishes like chili crab toast, lobster roll with green curry and Thai basil, and caramel braised pork with radish and mustard greens.