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Talisker on Main
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Making its debut during the star-studded Sundance 2010 and luring the likes of Mario Lopez and Paris Hilton, the chic new Park City, Utah, eatery Talisker on Main (above) is the first public offering of the ultra-insider Talisker Club. The idea is to provide diners with a “taste” of what life as a Talisker Club member can be. It’s bright and whimsical (think pressed-tin ceiling, sheepskin chair covers — more Ralph Lauren than Grizzly Adams) and features a lovely outdoor patio. Soon, regulars will be able to rent wine lockers to store their favorite vintages. taliskeronmain.com

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Hotel Gansevoort
Evenings at the Hotel Gansevoort (left), in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, are heating up with the opening of Provocateur Cafe, featuring European dollhouse-themed banquettes and a retractable glass roof, and Provocateur Nightclub, which features opulent chandeliers and a set of mythical Egyptian phoenix wings suspended 18 feet in the air above the bar. provocateurny.com

At Thomas Keller’s new classic-French-style bar, Bar Bouchon in Beverly Hills (directly across from the swank Montage hotel), you can sidle up to the massive pewter bar or grab a table on the outdoor patio to feast on a delicious medley of small plates (don’t miss the pâté de campagne). bouchonbistro.com

A new cozy Scottish gastropub in the heart of New York’s West Village (think brick walls, fireplace, stag’s head), Highlands serves local ingredients with a decidedly Scottish flair. Where else can you find Shetland Isles smoked salmon or Arran goat cheese with pickled beetroot, barley, and black walnuts? Note: The bar is a packed neighborhood haunt just about every night of the week. highlands-nyc.com

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Buster Crabs at The American Sector
Themed to USO and entertainers of the 1940s and with cuisine inspired by the home front, chef John Besh’s The American Sector is set inside New Orleans’ new wing of The National World War II Museum. Don’t miss the short rib “Sloppy Joe” on an onion Kaiser roll or the Buster Crabs (pictured left). nationalww2museum.org/american-sector