Top Special-Occasion Restaurants

From old-world glamour to new-school innovations, these eateries are celebrations in and of themselves.

E. Laingel
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Adour, New York

New Yorkers are notoriously discerning diners, and for good reason. In a city with more than 21,000 restaurants, there is no need to settle for anything less than the best. And the best may very well be had at Adour, Alain Ducasse’s contemporary midtown eatery (its sister location is in Washington, D.C.). The menu is a delicate spin on French classics, like Maine lobster broth with chestnuts and porcini royale, and roasted duck breast with Taggiasche olives and turnips. The restaurant’s famous tasse chocolat, a dark-chocolate sorbet with coffee granité and caramelized brioche croutons, tops things off beautifully. The St. Regis New York, 2 E. 55th St.; 212-710-2277; adour-stregis.com.