Shanghai

MERCATO – Shanghai

April 2013
MERCATO – Shanghai

The gorgeous space of Mercato is  created by Neri & Hu, bridges the organic and natural with elegance and emotive modernity. Reclaimed wood and warm leather tones serve as a gentle complement to the exposed steel, iron and glass to create an atmosphere that is polished yet warm and inviting.The inspired design imparts a...
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New York Restauarant

Landbrot Bakery Bar

March 2013
Landbrot bakery Bar

The cuisine of Northern Europe, especially the casual, currywurst class of continental comfort good, has been cutting edge for several years now-- appearing early in such foodie cult destinations as East LA's Würstküche (City Present February 2011) and in the sudden appearance of Dutch restaurants on gentrifying blocks, and Danish dishes on hipster menus....
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Boston Restaurant

Local 149

February 2013
Local 149 - Boston

South Boston, famous as an urban working-class waterfront community and bastion of immigrant heritage has been shifting from Irish outpost to up-and-coming neighborhood. As young professionals are priced out of Beacon Hill and Back Bay, The area’s hilly streets of 3-deckers have been converted to condos, and its commercial streets have gentrified remarkably. A...
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Amsterdam Brewery

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

January 2013
Brouwerij 't IJ - Amsterdam

Summer in Amsterdam is brief, hemmed in on either side by a June that can be as wet and freezing as a North American November, and an autumn that arrives whipping off the North Sea. Even in the middle of July, it can rain sideways and evening outing calls for a warm jacket. The Netherlands...
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Paris Café

Malongo Café Paris

October 2012
Malongo Café

Malongo is a well-known French coffee company, which has reached cult status with its high-standards and transparent reporting of its Fair Trade principals and practices, from workers' rights to environmental sensitivity, resting on a family tradition that began in Nice on the eve of World War II.
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London Gastropub

The Thomas Cubitt

September 2012
The Thomas Cubitt - London

Gastropub is now a term so overused as to be meaningless– every corner bar with a kitchen is suddenly infused with haute-cuisine, we are supposed to believe. However, there originally was, and is still, such a place as a Gastropub– a classic English watering hole offering fine, gourmet food. Perhaps fittingly, an excellent example...
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Los Angeles Restaurant

Umami Burger

August 2012
Umami Burger

In L.A., where hype is an industry, the universal acclaim showered on Adam Fleischman’s Umami Burger chain in its first two years of operation can be lost in a sea of hyperbole. But believe what you hear: Umami Burger may not only be the best burger in Los Angeles, in may even be the...
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London Restaurant

Bar Boulud Bistro

July 2012
Bar Boulud London

In the game of celebrichef Go Fish, London has traded one naked chef for one French chef with our friends across the pond. And from the looks of things, we’ve got the winner. Bar Boulud, the first London outpost from NYC phenom Daniel Boulud opens Thursday in Knightsbridge (although they’re taking reservations today). The...
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Washington D.C. Restaurant

Birch & Barley

June 2012
Birch & Barley

Washington still has many holes in its dining options, heavy on the hotel lobby haute-cuisine, with too many expense-account steakhouses and forgettable ethnic eateries. Thankfully, in recent years the city has started to get some serious culinary start-ups, and the City Present’s favorite restaurant in the nation’s capital is the incredible, absolutely unique Birch...
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New York Café

La Colombe Café

May 2012
La Colombe Café

Marching around downtown Manhattan, whether shopping in SoHo or gallery-hopping in NoLiTa requires regular intakes of caffeine. Luckily, the area has an abundance of boutique coffee bars, and the increasing number of La Colombe Cafés in the area have become the City Present’s favorite for a superior sip of flawless French Press or invigorating...
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