Dinner, Anyone?

One of the joys of living in New York City is the never-ending list of restaurants-good restaurants—available 24/7. I don’t eat out every night of the week, but dining in a great place (read: delicious food, great ambience) is one of my favorite ways to spend time with friends. When I’m traveling for shows and classes, I have even more opportunities to broaden my dining horizons; and I’m always taking note of great places so I can make recommendations to colleagues who are often on the road.

Today, I’ve got two to share: One in the Big Apple, one in Dallas. Both worth a visit!

A visit to this upper-east-side gem is like dining in Rome without ever leaving New York. The hand-rolled pastas, grilled meats, and excellent wine list are truly scrumptious; and the elegantly modern décor manages to avoid all the clichés of Chianti candlesticks and photos of the “old country.” 1295 Madison Avenue, NY, NY; 212-794-1890.

This eclectic restaurant, tucked inside the boutique Hotel ZaZa in the heart of Dallas, is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. With edgy lighting, cool photography, and a bar that steals the show, Dragonfly is one of those places that makes you forget you’re in a hotel restaurant. The lunch and dinner menus are fab; but even brunch is a treat, featuring everything from Chicken Fried Lobster Benedict to House Made Granola with Banana Brulée. 2332 Leonard Street, Dallas, TX; 214-468-8399.

Have any favorite eateries to share? I’m always looking for great places to visit on my travels…