WHY For the most beautiful outdoor dining on the eastside, with food that suits the setting; try the crab-stuffed squash blossoms, the amazing chicken liver terrine, and the diver scallops over risotto. Brunch is lovely, too.
WHAT We’d eat Arby’s fare in this setting—a hidden walled garden built around a massive ficus tree, with levels and nooks and, at night, flickering candles—so we’re all the more grateful that the food has gotten so much better lately under newish chef Vartan Abgaryan. The shocker is that the staff is actually nice—a place like this about ten miles west would be dripping with attitude. What was once an indoor dining room is now a bar lit by Moroccan chandeliers and fueled by cucumber margaritas.
WHO TV directors keeping a low profile and production assistants splurging on a big night out.