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    Zuka, South America

  Rua Dias Ferreira 233 B - Leblon - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
A grelha da chef Ludmilla Soeiro com 29 anos de idade, nunca para. Dividido em “do mar, da terra e do ar” o restaurante apresenta várias sugestões criativas. No ítem entradas as trouxinhas de queijo de cabra e nozes com salsa verde e mel de tomilho fazem grande sucesso. Entre os pratos principais, peixe Thai na folha de bananeira, a Kafta de picanha e o já famoso Zuka na Pedra servido para 3 pessoas. O Zuka é considerado um restaurante contemporâneo de culinária sofisticada.
    Nobu, North America
  105 Hudson Street - (Franklin Street) - New York, NY            
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Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been a pioneer for Japanese cuisine since its opening in 1994. Nobu partnered with actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper, restaurateur Drew Nieporent, and managing partner Richard Notar to bring his modern Japanese to Tribeca. Nobu draws upon his classical training at sushi bars in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world to create a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine. The resulting dishes, including Tiradito Nobu Style, Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Squid Pasta, and Black Cod with Miso, make Nobu the innovator of new style Japanese food.
    Rock Center Café, North America
  20 West 50th Street - New York, NY            
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With a stunning view of The Rink at Rockefeller Center in the winter months along with the spectacular Manhattan cityscape, Rock Center Café boasts a series of original Warhol prints in its popular bar and one of the most memorable settings imaginable for dining and entertaining. Serving an exceptional breakfast and an outstanding contemporary American lunch and dinner, it's a place you'll return to again and again. This stylish "workhorse" is open 365 days a year to serve your every need.
    Le Perigord, North America
  405 East 52nd Street - (1st Ave.) - New York, NY           
Le Périgord's fine appetizer display has lost none of its zip. A splendid plateful holds tangy terrines, various fish and shellfish and small salads--almost a meal.
The new kitchen team is as consistent as a Swiss watch, deft in meats as in seafood, and quickly developing a new dessert identity with pastry chef Serge Decrauzat. His light but lingering fruit-based specials augment Le Périgord's familiar and friendly trolley of tarts, mousses and floating islands. - Crain's New York
    Marius Carnes | Marius Crustáceos, South America
  Av. Atlântica, 290 - Leme - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
A localização do Marius Degustare, debruçada no final da praia do Leme, longe do burburinho das estridentes ruas da Zona Sul, proporciona de imediato aos clientes, em sua maioria turistas estrangeiros, um ambiente tranqüilo e acolhedor.
A Marius Churrascaria, oferece um serviço de boa qualidade para os mais exigentes clientes. A decoração foi ambientada em antigas fazendas com extremo bom gosto na escolha de peças e acessórios. O preço do rodízio Cr$ 110,00, bebidas à parte, é considerado justo pela excelência das carnes provenientes dos Programas Boi Verde e Boi Ecológico: picanha nobre, carneiro e carnes exóticas como javali e jacaré. Bufê com mais de 20 tipos de saladas, além de frios diversos, comida japonesa e frutos do mar. Farta variedade de entipastos.
Bem ao lado o Marius Crustáceos ou Restaurante Marius, como queiram chamar os privilegiados freqüentadores do local, que ao preço de Cr$ 125,00 p/pessoa, poderão saborear frutos de mar como camarões graúdos trazidos de selecionadas fazendas camaroneiras situadas no nordeste e sul do país, lagostas, lagostins, cavaquinhas, vieiras, lulas, ostras e peixes nobres. Não deixem de provar o delicioso salmão com alcaparras, carpaccio, além de outros pratos quentes e frios. Criativa decoração do local com peças de navios e embarcações, com direito a escotilhas, bússolas e acessórios do gênero.
    Fraunces Tavern Restaurant, North America
  54 Pearl Street - New York, NY            
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In 1762 an enterprising and ambitious innkeeper named Samuel Fraunces purchased a three-story brick mansion which had been built on one of Manhattan Island’s first landfills. Under Samuel Fraunces’ proprietorship the building became a well-known gathering place - - - a place for friends and strangers to meet, mingle and share a drink. But Mr. Fraunces tavern was frequented by the leaders of a revolution and thus became more than just a local watering hole.
    Wallsé, North America
  344 W. 11th St. - New York, NY           
While decidedly elegant, Chef Gutenbrunner avoided the hype associated with many New York restaurants, intending instead to allow Wallsé to develop a personality which was heavily contributed to by his clients. The restaurant quickly found its balance as both a destination for discerning diners and a neighborhood haunt for West Villagers.
Although it has been granted numerous rave reviews and awards, Chef Gutenbrunner takes the most pride in the stable base of customers who return to Wallsé again and again.
    Manekineko, South America
  Av. Ayrton Senna, 2150 Bl.F lj.J/K - Barra a Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
Criar, inovar, mudar. Esse é o conceito do Makineko Sushi, preservando a harmonia da culinária japonesa, mas cultivando novas tendências da era contemporânea. O clássico e o moderno presentes nas criações dos sushis, sashimis transados, sobremesas e combinados.Procurando sempre ajustar o cardápio ao nosso clima tropical, com receitas leves e saborosas. Credencia clientes preferenciais com o Cartão Fidelidade Makineko a usufruir uma série de vantagens. Delivery.
    Via Sete, South America
  Rua Garcia D'Ávila, 125 - Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
O Via Sete foi concebido para ser um oásis no centro urbano. O sabor da comida, o ambiente aconchegante e a valorização dos sentidos. Achamos que comer bem é mais que uma necessidade, é uma Via de Prazer. Antenado com as tendências da arte contemporânea, o Via Sete apresenta a cada 2 meses, no interior do restaurante de Ipanema, um painel artístico diferente, e na última quinta do mês realiza o 5º Lounge, com DJs e músicos convidados.
    Tantra Mongolian Grill, South America
  Av. São Camilo, 988 - Granja Viana - Cotia, SP            
No primeiro momento em que você entra no restaurante TANTRA, você encontra um ambiente exótico e sensual que imediatamente dispara três dos cincos sentidos: olfato, visão e a audição.
O Tantra oferece uma fusão do melhor da culinária asiática - "Exotic Asian Fusion Food”, e apesar de ser uma cozinha exclusiva, exótica e afrodisíaca, atende ao paladar de todos. Os pratos são inspirados no feng shui e são elaborados com uma seleção de ervas afrodisíacas, selvagens, frescas, algumas orgânicas e ingredientes exóticos conhecidos mundialmente pelas propriedades que beneficiam a saúde.
Combinando a visão da decoração relaxante e descontraída, a audição da música ambiente e o aroma da nossa comida exclusiva, adiciona-se o paladar que levará você a uma experiência original, a um êxtase culinário.
    Smith & Wollensky, North America
  797 Third Ave. - (49th Street) - New York, NY           
Smith & Wollensky is one of the most trafficked restaurants in New York and among the most celebrated steakhouses in the world. Specializing in fresh seafood and lobster and assorted steaks and chops, Smith & Wollensky is well recognized for its healthy portions, seasoned service staff and pop Americana ambience. The surnames, Smith and Wollensky, were chosen from the local telephone directory by the restaurant’s founder Alan Stillman, of T.G.I. Friday’s fame. Wollensky’s Grill, a small but spirited bar room installed in the side of the famed midtown restaurant, is open until 2 a.m. Catering to night owls, Wollensky Grill offers a late night bill of fare featuring lighter supper versions of items from the grander Smith & Wollensky steakhouse menu and plenty of high-end red wines by the glass to choose from.
    Nam Thai, South America
  Rua Rainha Guilhermina, 95-B - Leblon - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
O médico carioca David Zisman, numa viagem de férias em 1994, provou a cozinha tailandesa. “Foi amor a primeira mordida”, diz. Abandoou a carreira de clinico e se lançou de corpo e alma na gastronomia. Após concluir um curso de cozinha asiática nos Estados Unidos, decidiu-se por abrir um restaurante. Local escolhido: Itaipava. Logo após a casa foi transferida para o Rio. Hoje, Zisman ,respeitado restauranteur, já abriu filial em São Paulo, tornando-se um habitual “freguês” da ponte aérea.
    Borsalino, South America
  Av. Armando Lombardi, 633 lj.111 - Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
Em ambiente fino e aconchegante, localizado em frente a uma bucólica praça, com destaque para um chafariz de ferro fundido do século passado, o Restaurante foi projetado pela arquiteta Patrícia Anastassiadis com quatro ambientes de perfeita combinação entre o requinte e a descontração, onde há o salão principal com total de 120 lugares e um terraço para 60 pessoas, o mais apreciado por seu clima informal. O Chef Pietro Neroni, nativo da Região Marche, região Central da Itália, assina o cardápio de influência mediterrânea com destaque para massas, carnes, peixes e frutos do mar.
    Sparks Steak House, North America
  210 East 46th Street - New York, NY           
Sparks Steak House was established in 1966 on East 18th street by brothers Pat and Mike Cetta. They turned Spark's Pub into steak house and in 1977 they moved it to its current location. Sparks' worldwide reputation for great steaks and fabulous wine cellar was assured in 2001 when the New York Post rated them "the greatest steak house in Manhattan". Sparks' wine list, with its incredible range and reasonable prices, has been awarded the Wine Spectator magazine's Grand Award every year since 1981.
    Blue Water Grill, North America
  31 Union Square West - New York, NY            
Voted 11th Most Popular Restaurant in New York in the 2008 Zagat Survey and applauded as a restaurant that is "perfect for dates" and "never disappoints," Blue Water Grill is a dining destination in the heart of Union Square. Loyal guests and curious visitors are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space that features sexy, dimly-lit red chandeliers illuminating the intimate dining room, a spacious people-watching outdoor café and a cozy subterranean lounge featuring live jazz music.
    Estrela do Sul Churrascaria, South America
  Av. Maracanã, 649 - Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
O Grupo Estrela do Sul, desde 1972, vem oferecendo a seus clientes, com qualidade e o atendimento merecido, tudo o que há de melhor na gastronomia internacional. A Estrela do Sul, hoje é considerada uma das melhores e mais completas Churrascarias a Rodízio da América Latina. Outros endereços da Rede: Norte Shopping, Jacarepaguá, Rio Plaza Finnest Grill, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Praia de Botafogo e São Paulo.
    Aureole, North America
  34 E. 61st Street - (Park Madison-Aves.) - New York, NY             
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Charlie Palmer's unabashed, energetic signature Progressive American cuisine first took root in the original townhouse location of Aureole, where the chef made an early commitment to farm over factory food. Today, Aureole shines at the spectacular Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the most environmentally advanced skyscraper in the world.
    Gruta de Santo Antônio, South America
  Rua Silva Jardim, 148 - Ponta da Areia - Niterói, RJ            
A Gruta de Santo Antônio se encontra no bucólico bairro da Ponta da Areia, em Niterói. Quem atravessa a comprida entrada, logo descobre que está em uma casa portuguesa, onde chamam a atenção a cozinha aberta (de onde saem pratos saborosíssimos como os de bacalhau e de frutos do mar) e a atmosfera caseira. Os quitutes são elaborados pessoalmente pela matriarca, Dona Henriqueta Henriques.
    Locanda Della Mimosa, South America
   - Petrópolis, RJ           
Localizada em uma das regiões mais belas e tranqüilas da serra carioca, a Locanda della Mimosa integra toda a sofisticação e conforto de suas dependências à exuberante natureza local. Em seus seis quartos, é reproduzido o mais alto padrão de qualidade e conforto europeu, além da piscina, sauna, fitness center e um sala de chás. Tudo isso junto a um dos mais consagrado restaurante do Brasil.
    Casa da Suiça, South America
  Rua Cândido Mendes, 157 - Glória - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
A Casa da Suíça oferece não somente especialidades da culinária suíça, incluindo os famosos Fondues, como as boas opções da comida Internacional, com forte influência da gastronomia dos seus vizinhos: Itália, França, Alemanha e Áustria. Uma dessas opções é sem dúvida alguma a grande estrela da casa: os Flambados – que podem ser pratos principais e/ou sobremesas. A tradicional fondue é preparada de onze formas diferentes. Três delas são queijo emmenthal e gruyère Pratos preparados à mesa, com total maestria, pelo próprio Chef Volkmar ou um de seus dois fieis escudeiros, Aluízio e Arnaldo.
    Eleven Madison Park, North America
  11 Madison Ave. - New York, NY            
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Eleven Madison Park expresses the spirit of grand New York dining with a contemporary accent. Designed by architects Bentel & Bentel, with soaring 30-foot ceilings and windows overlooking beautiful Madison Square Park, the restaurant embodies an urbane sophistication that is at once relaxed and bustling. And the cuisine smartly follows suit. Executive chef Kerry Heffernan masterfully prepares French-inspired seasonal American food. Among his updated classics are Sweet Pea Flan, Tuna Cru, Prime-Aged Roast Beef for Two, Maine Lobster Pot au Feu, Terrine of Beef Shank and Foie Gras, Artic Char with Pea Shoots and Vinaigrette, and Seared Loin and Almond Crusted Shank of Lamb with Basquaise Peppers. Pastry chef Nicole Kaplan provides a sumptuous end to the meal with irresistible desserts such as her signature chocolate soufflé, chocolate dome, and an exquisite selection of cookies and confections. The award-winning, eclectic wine list offers 36 wines by the glass, available at your table or in the cozy wine bar set beneath a gold-leaded Art Deco ceiling. The bar also boasts a world-class selection of Calvados and an extensive array of cocktails. Opened in October 1998, the restaurant promptly earned a James Beard nomination as Best New Restaurant in America, and won a coveted spot in Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants. More recently, Eleven Madison Park won the 2004 James Beard Award for Outstanding Service in America.
    Ruth's Chris Steak House, North America
  148 West 51st Street - New York, NY           
What to expect at Ruth's Chris Steak House? First and foremost, an enthusiastic welcome. Then, the distinctive sizzle of tender, custom-aged U.S. prime beef, broiled to a turn and presented at your table with a flourish. You can expect to take your time and be perfectly pampered. After an unforgettable Ruth's Chris experience, the word "sizzle" will take on a new and delectable meaning.
    The Wright Restaurant & Bar, North America
  1071 Fifth Avenue - Guggenheim Museum - New York, NY           
Located in New York’s iconic Guggenheim museum and named in honor of the great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this intimate Upper East Side destination is located in an elegant and modern architectural space that is sure to dazzle trend-setters, fine diners, art lovers and world-travelers. Designed in white by architect Andre Kikoski -- who was inspired by the original Wright museum design for the Guggenheim -- the restaurant embraces the cosmopolitan excitement of today’s New York. A modern American menu created by David Bouley protégé, Rodolfo Contreras, features distinctive cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal, local and sustainable Ingredients. Additionally, a site-specific sculpture by British-born artist Liam Gillick was commissioned for the space, creating a truly unique dining experience.
    Aprazível, South America
  Rua Aprazível, 62 - Santa Teresa - Rio de Janeiro, RJ           
Um reduto de gastronomia em Santa Teresa onde a cidade ganha um ritmo mais suave, que passeia por receitas de família, mas não se acanha em apresentar novidades artesanalmente desenvolvidas por Ana Castilho. Cozinha brasileira original com toqes de requinte, combinada a um ambiente que lembra uma casa de campo. Cinco ambientes, jardim , primeiro pátio, gazebo, salão e vaanda.
    Quality Meats, North America
  57 West 58th Street - New York, NY           
The new restaurant created by Fourth Wall Restaurants and designed by AvroKO (PUBLIC, Stanton Social, Sapa), is open for business in midtown Manhattan. Chef Craig Koketsu presents a rustic New American menu. Koketsu distinguishes the menu and concept by creating modern interpretations of familiar dishes and flavor combinations, resulting in unique tastes, innovative presentations, and a distinctive Quality Meats style.
    L'Ecole Restaurant, North America
  462 Broadway - (Grand Street) - New York, NY             
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L'Ecole guests are always impressed by the scope and creativity of our menu selections. Their surprise turns to amazement, however, when they discover that every one of our spectacular dishes is prepared not by top New York chefs, but by our students. In a city where excellence is a price of entry, even the savviest diners have trouble believing that students could perform at such a high level. Dishes are contemporary French, and spiced with an array of ethnic influences that make each one especially memorable. Bon-appetit!
    Blue Hill Restaurant, North America
  75 Washington Place - New York, NY           
Blue Hill restaurant opened at the end of April 2000. Blue Hill is dedicated to creating a new category of neighborhood restaurant that maintains the classic attributes of warmth and affordability, while delivering superior food and service.
    Daniel Boulud Restaurant, North America
  20 East 76th St. - New York, NY            
The restaurant offers a menu and ambiance combining the best of French food and design in a casually elegant style. Named for the local cafe Daniel Boulud's family ran on their farm outside Lyon, France at the turn of the century, Cafe Boulud reflects the same spirit of conviviality that made the original spot a regular village meeting place.
    Ricardo Steak House, North America
  2145 2nd Avenue - Harlem, NY             
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The concept of Ricardo Steakhouse was born when brothers Jimmy Mateus and Eddie Mateus teamed up to open a new kind of venue. The first generation New Yorkers, have always dreamt of owning a place where they could gather with friends and family. Since they had just completed a 5 story residential building with ground floor commercial space they thought "why not" SPAHA (Spanish Harlem). It was here the concept of Ricardo Steak House was born. They sensed New Yorkers were starting to re-embrace "comfort food"; but where could they offer the public something special, something new.
The idea was to combine the "Theater" open kitchen restaurant that is a showcase of the outbursting flavors of the angus steaks and house seasonings, with a warm sexy non traditional Steak House, in effect creating a "New World" Latino Steak House offering excellent, gourmet, healthy food at affordable prices. With its upscale spacious interior, exposed kitchen, long, sweeping bar/dining counter area, and open -air terrace, Ricardo Steak House has become one of the in demand restaurant-lounge in the community and a Tri-State destination, helping to further generate the already booming development and renaissance that is currently taking place in Spanish Harlem.
    Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, North America
  155 W. 58th Street - Midtown East - New York, NY