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Gabriele’s of Westport, Westport, CT, USA
Seafood Risotto - Gabriele's Westport, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
Westport, Connecticut has a very tasty restaurant addition with the opening of Gabriele's of Westport where their culinary focus is Italian Steakhouse cuisine. Chef Dagobeto Turcio-Cruz is the talent in the kitchen at this elegantly attractive restaurant located next door to the Westport Country Playhouse.
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The Cottage, Greenwich. CT, USA
The Cottage - Greenwich, CT
Chef/Owner Brian Lewis has a new "baby" - The Cottage - Greenwich located in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Cottage - Greenwich is the fourth restaurant in his portfolio by the two-time James Beard Foundation Semi Finalist. We attended the opening celebration on March 8, 2022, at the attractive restaurant that is destined to become a culinary gem on prestigious Greenwich Avenue, where luxury abounds.
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Brasserie Memere, Closter, NJ, USA
Brasserie Memere, Closter, NJ
The French restaurant, Brasserie Mémère located in Closter, New Jersey and owned by Chef Thomas Ciszak is a bijou for traditional French classics. Chef Owner Thomas Ciszak, together with Sommelier Evelyn Ciszak, Executive Chef Kevin Takafuji, and Michael Chin, bring their impeccable culinary pedigrees and excellence to this charming and very attractive restaurant, which opened in December 2019.
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Crystal Tavern at Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ, USA
Short Rib of Beef - Crystal Tavern, Crystal Springs Resort - photo by Luxury Experience
We had a wonderful dinner at the Crystal Tavern located in the Grand Cascades Lodge at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, New Jersey, where Executive Chef Aishling Stevens is the talent in the kitchen. On the night we dined at the restaurant the excellent cuisine was complemented by an outstanding performance by the renowned guitarist/composer and Latin Grammy winner Hernan Romero
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TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, USA
Thai Sweet Spicy Shrimp Tao Restaurant
The new restaurant TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut is as visually stunning as the food on the menu. We had a fabulous dinner at the restaurant in late January 2022 where their focus is on Asian-inspired specialties, and Chinese, Japanese, and Thai techniques.
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Rhum Barbancourt Dinner at Rebel Restaurant and Bar, NYC, USA
Signature Barbancourt   Musselw - Rebel Restaurant and Bar - Photo by Luxury Experience
Rhum Barbancourt has a legacy of creating fine rums made in Haiti from crushed sugar cane juice since 1862. To showcase their line of Rhum Barbancourt, Crillon Importers, Ltd. held a private dinner at the Haitian restaurant, Rebel Restaurant and Bar in New York City for a spirited evening of excellent food to complement the Rhum Barbancourt exceptional rums, and Luxury Experience was there to learn more about the iconic rum brand.
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SAMBA Montclair, Montclair, NJ, USA
Camarao Na Moranga  - Samba Montclair -photo by Luxury Experience
We had an amazing dinner at SAMBA Montclair owned by Chef Ilson Gonçalves and located in Montclair, New Jersey where he took our palates on a fabulous "journey to Brazil" without the need for a passport! Chef Ilson Gonçalves deftly captures the flavors of his native Brazil at his gorgeous gluten-free restaurant, SAMBA Montclair, so If a trip to Brazil is not on the immediate horizon, you can still take your palate there by having lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch at the restaurant. 
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West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT, USA
Miso Glazed Salmon - West Street Grill, Litchfield, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
West Street Grill has been "Setting the Standard for Modern American Cuisine" in the charming and scenic town of Litchfield, Connecticut since 1990. Owned by James O'Shea, the restaurant is a gorgeous and welcoming beacon of hospitality with outstanding cuisine by Chef Stephen Murphy, the talent in the kitchen. Located in the historic section of Litchfield, the attractive restaurant first delights the eye with its charming décor, then delivers on the palate with its well-crafted cocktails, lovely selection of wines, and artfully and tastefully prepared cuisine. 
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1754 House Restaurant, Woodbury, CT, USA
New York Strip Steak - Photo by Luxury Experience
Chef/Owner Michael Bates-Walsh of 1754 House Inn, Restaurant, and Tavern in Woodbury, Connecticut brings his passion and years of culinary talent to create memorable dining experiences for his guests. He took possession of the keys in March 2020 and opened the property in June 2020. The restaurant's focus is American cuisine to complement the historic charm served up with gracious service. We had an excellent dinner at the restaurant at the end of November 2020, where they exceeded our high expectations.
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Claude's at Southampton Inn, Southampton, NY, USA
Claude's at Southampton Inn - Double Cut Veal Chop - photo by luxury experience Dinner at the restaurant Claude's at the luxury boutique Southampton Inn located in Southampton, New York provided a gracious respite during our stay in the fabled and historic Hamptons. A beautiful setting, excellent cuisine, and attentive and professional waitstaff made Claude's restaurant a highlight in Southampton.
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75 Main, Southampton, NY, USA
75 Main - Southampton, NY - Beef Hash - photo by Luxury Experience Some restaurants keep getting better with age. Having recently dined at the upscale restaurant, 75 Main owned by Zack Erdem, in the beginning of March 2020, we can confidently state that they are one of them. The Southampton, New York restaurant opened in 2010 and back when most restaurants in the famed Hamptons were only open seasonally, the charismatic and pioneer visionary Zach Erdem kept his restaurant open year-round. An inviting, comfortably chic and contemporary ambience and an excellent and diverse menu created by Chef Mark Militello makes the restaurant a winner.  
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AVA Social by Charlie Palmer, NYC, NY, USA
oysters - AVA Social - New York, NY - photo by Luxury Experience Acclaimed, award-winning chef Charlie Palmer has a new restaurant, AVA Social, located in the heart of the Fashion District in New York City inside the boutique Archer Hotel. The chic and contemporary environs is a nod to its fashionable location, where fashion photographs grace the walls in the cool and casual space, while the open kitchen allows foodies to watch the chefs in action. Luxury Experience was at the pre-opening party on Friday, February 21, 2020, and what a party it was!
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Hamilton Park, New Haven, CT, USA
Hamilton Park Restaurant - The Blake Hotel - New Haven, CT New Haven, Connecticut has another culinary reason to celebrate with the restaurant, Hamilton Park located at 9 High Street in The Blake Hotel. Chef Tyler Anderson is the talent in the creative, modern kitchen where the chic and contemporary décor are in perfect harmony with the culinary flair and creative cocktail menu. The restaurant's culinary focus is Modern, American Bistro with local ingredients and opened in June 2019. We had dinner at the restaurant in September 2019, and the food as well as the service were impeccable. Bon Appetit!   
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Revival Kitchen and Bar, Concord, NH, USA
Revival Kitchen and Bar - Concord, NH Award-winning Chef Owner Corey Fletcher has been turning foodies' heads since he opened his restaurant, Revival Kitchen & Bar in Concord, New Hampshire in January 2017. The name is a nod to the revival of the farm-to-table movement. The restaurant ambience is contemporary chic with copper clad tables, artwork graces the walls and cool music adds to the conversational humin the background.
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Granite Restaurant and Bar at The Centennial Hotel, Concord, NH, USA
Granite Restaurant and Bar at The Centennial Hotel - Concord, NH The culinary focus at the Granite Restaurant and Bar at The Centennial Hotel in Concord, New Hampshire is on New American cuisine with French, Mediterranean, and Asian influences and where we enjoyed a memorable evening of dining. The ambience was gracious and elegant with a large fireplace in the center of the dining room and tables dressed in pristine white tablecloths and Gerber daisies in vases. Executive Chef Daniel Dionne and Pastry Chef Stephanie Hackney are the talents in the kitchen and their inspired and well-crafted savory and dessert menus shine brightly.
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Bistro Napa Presents the El Fogonero Tequila Dinner, Reno, NV, USA
Bistro Napa - Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno, Nevada The award-winning El Fogonero Tequila provided the perfect inspiration for Chef de Cuisine Clayton Slieff and Master Mixologist Steven Sedillos of the fine dining restaurant, Bistro Napa at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada to create a delectable 5-course gastronomic pairing dinner of delectable cuisine and creative cocktails, as part of their Spirited Dining Series.
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Atlantis Steakhouse at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, Nevada, USA
Altantis Steakhouse dining room - Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, Nevada We had a memorable evening of fine dining at AAA Four Diamond Atlantis Steakhouse at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. Chef Darren Stanley is the talent for the restaurant where a gracious ambience complements the culinary delights of American steakhouse classics and the freshest of seafood. The restaurant features an impeccable wine list selected by Sommelier Christian O'Kuinghttons the "Somm" and creative cocktails by Master Mixologist Steven Sedillos. As expected, professional, knowledgeable, and attentive service made our dining experience there one to remember.
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The Chandler Steakhouse at the MGM Springfield, MA, USA
The Chandler Steakhouse at MGM Springfield, MA - photo by Luxury Experience We had an excellent dinner at The Chandler Steakhouse, an elegant fine dining restaurant at the MGM Springfield located in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the traditional décor and attentive professional service team created the perfect backdrop for the outstanding culinary experience created by Executive Chef Restaurant Kyle Beausoleil. Although the restaurant, which opened in August 2018, is a steakhouse, there are enough seafood items on the menu to appeal to both "surf" and "turf" appetites.
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Restaurante Marrua, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Marrua Hotel - Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil Memorable is the best word to describe our dining experience at Restaurante Marruá in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Set inside the upscale Marruá Hotel, the restaurant gets high marks for the quality of their kitchen and inspired cuisine from the talented Chef Sylvio Eduardo Trujillo. Attractive surroundings and attentive, professional service complement the inspired Contemporary and Regional cuisine from this gastronomic kitchen.
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Tapera Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Tapera Restaurant, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilTapera Restaurante is a charming restaurant located in the center of Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Once a part of the state of Mato Grosso, Mato Gross do Sul became a state in 1979, and the restaurant is one of the oldest in the state. A large tree grows in the center of the inviting outdoor dining space of the restaurant adding charm and character, and firmly establishes itself as a restaurant to stay. Owned by restauranteur and poet Antonio Carlos Silveira Soares the restaurant is a welcome respite in a city of great cuisine.
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Juanita Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Juanita Restaurante, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sol, Brazil For our first night in Bonito, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil we had a lovely dinner at the family-owned attractive Juanita Restaurante. For Chef Juanita, the restaurant is a childhood dream come true. Arriving in Bonito in 2006, she opened her eponymous restaurant in 2014. Having an ancestry of French, Italian, and Paraguayan, she brings a rich culinary background to the table.
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Restaurante Casa do Joao, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Casa do Joao, Bonito, Mato, Grosso do Sol, Brazil The family-owned Restaurante Casa do João located in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil opened in 2007, and is located steps away from the Praça da Liberdade with its large fish sculpture and the Aquário de Bonito. The charming restaurant has a lovely fruit-tree laden garden, a shop filled with artisanal gifts, and a whimsical museum where true antiquities are mixed with "recent museum items" such as cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, and even old computer monitors. The food is delicious, and the ambience is welcoming.
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Tuscany Steakhouse, New York, NY, USA
Tuscany Steakhouse, New York, NY - New York Sirloin Steak - photo by Luxuy Experience Tuscany Steakhouse where the culinary focus is American (Traditional) Steakhouse and Italian cuisine is the perfect blend for "land" and "seafood" dining. With 1-year under its culinary belt, the attractive, upscale restaurant located at 117 West 58th Street in Manhattan just steps away from Central Park and the Theatre District is garnering its share of attention from locals as well as visitors.
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The Boathouse Restaurant, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Oysters - The Boathouse - Kennebunkport, Maine - photo by Luxury Experience Maine is famous for its lobster and The Boathouse, part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, in Kennebunkport, Maine has a menu teaming with tempting lobster and seafood dishes along with "land-based" dishes to appeal to a wide variety of palates. The Boathouse opened in May 2018 on the banks of the Kennebunkport River, and if the restaurant was any closer to the water you would need to wear a flotation device while dining in this chic restaurant where Executive Chef John Shaw is the talent in the kitchen.
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Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar, New York, NY, USA
Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar - NY, NY, USA We took a "culinary tour" of Russia via dinner in New York City at the acclaimed Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar located at 256 West 52nd Street just off 8th Avenue in the heart of the theatre district. Since 1986, the Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar has attracted diners not only for the delcious traditional Russian cuisine and savory and sweet house infused vodkas, but also for the music.
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Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort and Spa, Mt. Tremper, NY, USA
Faroe Island Salmon - photo by Luxury Experience We had a lovely dinner at Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, where the restaurant's focus is on "Catskill Creative Cooking." The delectable Woodnotes Grille menu features many New York state and Catskill Mountain local products, a nice selection of New York State wines in addition to United States and international wines, well-crafted artisanal cocktails, and excellent service, which made our experience at the restaurant most pleasurable.
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Juniper at the Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown, USA
Cioppino - Juniper Restaurant - photo by Luxury ExperienceFairmont Hotels go to great lengths to distinguish themselves as luxury properties, and the Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown upholds that tradition of providing extra luxurious details in their restaurant Juniper by keeping bee hives on their rooftop and using the honey they gather in a few of their recipes. Executive Chef Jordi R. Gallardo and Chef Mitchell Eldridge are the talent in the kitchen where the restaurant's focus is on local, sustainable ingredients used in classic recipes with modern elements and beautiful presentations.
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OKO, Westport, CT, USA
Seared Sea Scallop - OKO Westport CT Fashionable Westport, Connecticut just got even more fashionable with Chef Brian Lewis' new restaurant, OKO, housed in the former Vigilant Firehouse. Cool industrial chic, clean lines, exposed brick and two large arched windows overlooking Wilton Road give the restaurant an airy yet intimate ambience to complement Chef Brian Lewis' Japanese-inspired menu. Attractive presentations followed by inspired palate-pleasing combinations make the dining experience most memorable. Attention to detail from the front-of-the-house staff complement the seamless efforts from the open kitchen. Bon Appetit!
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Il Gattopardo, New York, NY, USA
Il Gattopardo - New York City - photo by Luxury Experience The restaurant Il Gattopardo is located mere steps away from luxurious shopping on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and around the corner from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), but its culinary focus takes its fine dining clientele to Southern Italy with its delectable menu and attentive service. Owned by Gianfranco and Paula Sorrentino and Chef Partner Vito Gnazzo, Il Gattopardo is a delicious find in a city renowned for its restaurants.
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Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill - Spring Oyster Festival, NY, NY, USA
Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill - Oysters Rockerfeller - photo by Luxury ExperienceDocks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill in New York City, New York took diners on a "palate-inspired tour" of New Orleans during their 2017 Spring Oyster Festival with their New Orleans' themed event featuring a plethora of unlimited raw and cooked oysters, Creole Oyster Chowder, and Seafood Gumbo, along with shrimp cocktail, and New England Clam Chowder.
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