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Despite its Midtown Manhattan location, Ai Fiori from the Altamarea Group (which also includes Marea, Vaucluse, Osteria Morini, etc.) manages to transport you directly to the French and Italian Riviera; this is an oasis for foodies amid the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, and with famed chef Michael White at the helm, you know your appetite is in good hands. The sights and smells of the Mediterranean prove to be Ai Fiori’s muse, permeating the seasonal menu and the design of the space, including the swanky bar outfitted with photographs of various French and Italian scenes. Chef Michael White, encouraged and inspired by his love of Italian food and his connection to the South of France, seamlessly combines the culture and cuisine of both countries for a culinary concept that takes traditional dishes and adds a contemporary twist.

Nosh on starters such as cauliflower panna cotta with sea urchin, lemon and Parmesan or pasta plates such as ricotta and mascarpone ravioli with sottocenere and a red wine glaze that will simply melt in your mouth. Portions at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant are perfectly plated to balance the richness of a dish so you can save plenty of room for tasty desserts such as a dark chocolate tartaletta with anise crema, grapefruit and hazelnut gelato. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or not, there’s no denying the impressive laundry list of wine on offer, covering a wide range of regions that takes you from Provence and Burgundy to Liguria and Tuscany. From start to finish, it’s a sweet slice of the Riviera in the middle of New York City.

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