Summer is now a distant memory and attention is starting to veer towards the holiday season. It is certainly a time to celebrate and that is reflected in this month’s curated list of the best places to eat in November.
From exciting new openings in New York to exclusive pop-up events at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Elite Traveler has scoured the globe to find the most exciting culinary experiences for the month ahead.
Il Fiorista – New York
An all-new restaurant concept recently arrived in New York in the shape of Il Fiorista. Located in Nomad, this restaurant doubles up as a florist with flowers incorporated into many of the drinks and menu items.
Executive chef Garrison Price has developed a seasonal menu centered on Mediterranean cuisine enhanced by the inclusion of edible flowers. Dishes are experimental to say the least, including the Montauk Fluke Crudo, which is cured with fermented and salted chrysanthemum leaves and fennel pollen.
Diners can double down on the flower power by partaking in one of the classes such as an ink-making masterclass. There is also a regular bouquet-making class that will teach you how to make the most Instagrammable of arrangements.
Le Club – New York
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Joël Robuchon sadly passed away last year, but the men and women that he entrusted with his legacy continue to work hard to ensure it remains as strong as ever. Last month, the West Chelsea restaurant L’Atelier has made way for a modern take on casual dining, Le Club. This beautifully furnished haunt has launched a new menu full of small plates and elevated cocktails.
It is a far cry from the ultra-fine-dining that Robuchon built his reputation on, but it has certainly proved a hit in its opening weeks in New York’s ever-evolving dining scene. The menu has been created by long-time Robuchon chef Christophe Bellanca and is devised of delectable dishes designed for sharing, which goes hand-in-hand with the speakeasy-style of the restaurant/bar.
Diners can choose from a curated selection of plates divided into three sections: Garden, Sea and Land. Highlights include Blue Point oysters served with fennel espuma and tapioca yuzu mignonette and the veal tartare with hazelnut, figs, Comté cheese and grilled country bread.
Pasjoli – Santa Monica
Having previously worked as an executive chef at the renowned Next Restaurant in Chicago, it is safe to say that Dave Beran knows his way around a tasting menu. So it came as a small surprise to see him veer into the realms of a la carte with his newest project, Pasjoli.
The new Santa Monica location opened in late September and has so far won rave reviews for its elevated take on classic French cuisine. The menu includes Beran’s own version of foie gras, made from chicken liver mousse instead of the traditional duck. The restaurant is still in its early phases and there are plans to roll out an exclusive caviar cart once Beran and his team have ironed out any teething problems.
The space has been designed by Rugo/Raff from Chicago, who are also responsible for the interior at Next Restaurant. A large emphasis has been placed on the bar, where guests can explore a curated wine menu dominated by French vintages or sip a cocktails curated by the beverage director Daniel Lovig.