London and New York are home to some of the best restaurants on the planet, so we picked some of our favourite openings- new and not so new- that are definitely worth a visit next time you're in town.
The Gilbert Scott
If dining in a grand setting is your idea of a great night out, it really doesn't get much better than The Gilbert Scott. Devised by the multi-award winning and two-Michelin starred Marcus Wareing, the Gilbert Scott is situated in the stunning St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The astronomically high ceilings upheld with marble pillars, form the perfect backdrop to the simple, but stunning elevated English fare.
Sample roasted halibut with crab and scallop ravioli, 35 day dry-aged Shorthorn sirloin with roasted bone marrow bernaise, peppercorn or truffle sauce and finish off with pistachio semifreddo and cherries.
The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR.
Italian restaurants aren't hard to find in London, so it takes something pretty special, to stand out amongst the noise. 'O ver, situated in trendy Borough, aims to do this with the help of Pure Sea Water, to help bring their unique blend of Neapolitan street food.
They continue to twist classics with the likes of: veal meatballs with organic Bronte pistachios and Sorrento lemon rind and twice baked wholewheat bread soaked in pure sea water, dressed with cherry buffalo mozzarella from Santa Maria Capua Venere, green olives from Vesuvio and wild oregano from Monte Saro; and bring authentic Italy to Southwark Street in the form of small deep fried pizzas and the delicious sounding deep fried creamy mash, with pecorino cheese, black pepper and smoked mozzarella from Sorrento. Oh and they do pizza!
'O ver, 44 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN
When we heard that Hus Vedat, a former chef at Jamie Oliver's exceptionally tasty Barbecoa, was the Executive Chef at newly opened Yosma, we knew it would be good. Vedat tapped into his Turkish roots, to reignite one of London's favourite cuisines. A self-described 'Meyhane, Mangal and Raki Bar', Yosma isn't solely concerned with delicious mini plates of Karides, Biftek and Borek, but also aims to put Raki on the map as the city's hot new spirit. Cocktails such as Ya Sonra, combines Raki with olive, fennel pollen and sparkling wine, whilst the Yosma signature pairs pomegranate vermouth with Turkish apple tea vodka and Raki spices.
The whole turbot and super juicy king prawns are simply stunning and have already amassed quite the following on Instagram; we've no doubt the same fate will soon follow for Yosma.
Yosma, 50 Baker Street, London, W1U 7BT
A pizza that makes you feel healthy will always be a winner with us, and it doesn't get much healthier than organic flour high in fibre and low in carbs. For us that's a serious win, so first of all thank you PN.
Not only are PN's flours healthier and better for the planet, they're imported from Parma, so are authentic too. These self-titled Black Sheep (PN is short for Pecore Nere) like to do things differently, with eight doughs ranging from the waist-friendly organic wholewheat, to the seriously-good-for-you multigrain: blended with rye, barley, rice and oats.
Toppings vary from the lavish Tartufo: topped with black truffle puree, pancetta, tuscan pecorino cheese, mozzarella and arugola to the classic margherita, given a fresh spin with tomato pulp, fresh mozzarella and basil.
PN Pizza, 2 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001
Situated in NY's Brooklyn, Rider had to be seriously cool to even stand a chance. Thankfully it's not at all style over substance, even though it is very stylish. Rider walks the line between serious and frivolous with chicken nuggets to start and steak tartare to follow. With their fun take on fine dining, Rider manage to satisfy the seasoned foodie, with light moreish dishes like the cucumber and cantaloupe salad, roasted veg with shishito, asparagus, scallion, celery hearts, tomato and bagna caud, the duck breast with nduja stuffed dates, parsnip, pekmez and hazelnuts and the delectable soft egg with foie croutons, sweet sherry yogurt and caviar.
The impressive cocktail menu with lol names like 'upgraded to middle class' and 'mixed signals' are no laughing matter, with yummy ingredients ranging from tequila and fennel, to jamaican rum, pisco and thai basil. And don't even get us started on the doughnuts!
Rider, Williamsburg, 80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
With a name like Faun, you expect two things: a little foliage and probably some goat on the menu. Whilst they don't have the latter (perhaps it was too close to home?) Faun boasts the type of backyard you wish was yours. The type of garden your friend managed to bag with her rental for $600 a month. Whilst we may be slightly envious, we'll get over it, because, first of all Faun is a super-friendly neighbourhood restaurant and secondly, we can go there whenever we want.
Faun's wine list is twice the size of it's food menu, which is dangerous and reassruing at the same time. When it comes to food they like to keep things simple and down to earth. Perhaps this is because Faun pays homage to its Italian roots at every turn. The wine list is fantastic (ok we're slightly obsessed,) as is the menu, with combinations like: mezze maniche, duck ragu, green olive and pecorino; octopus and lemon and cresto di gallo, with swordfish, eggplant, tomato and pine nuts. They only source food that is sustainable and ecologically responsible, hate tipping and have a superstar chef. We're sold.
Faun, 606 Venderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238