Midtown East, Manhattan, New York City
In 2008, internationally acclaimed Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse opened his new signature restaurant, Adour, at the St. Regis. Fancy and French, the restaurant has received critical acclaim for both its food, earning three stars from the New York Times, and its decor, having been nominated for a James Beard award for "Outstanding Restaurant Design." Naturally, such accolades don't come cheaply. This is a special occasion sort of place, with appetizers averaging in the mid-$20s and main courses ranging from olive oil poached Gloucester cod ($35) to beef tenderloin "au sautoir" ($49). A five-course, $110 tasting menu is also available.