10 Restaurants Worth Honeymooning To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009

Birthdays, promotions, anniversaries -- these are events that call for a culinary splurge. And when it comes to your honeymoon, you'll want to find a restaurant that matches the importance and joy of that occasion as well. Here, our list of the top 10 eating establishments around the world that are worth not only splurging on but planning your entire honeymoon around.

1. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
This combination working farm and restaurant takes the whole "farm to table" ethos literally. Located 30 miles up the Hudson River on the old Rockefeller estate, Blue Hill at Stone Barns highlights resources from their farm and other farms around the Hudson Valley. Turn your dining experience into a field trip and tour the farm after your meal.

2. El Bulli, Cala Montjoi, Roses, Spain
Located two hours north of Barcelona and up several small winding roads, El Bulli is often acclaimed as the best restaurant in the world. Chef Fernando Adria has been dubbed the "Salvador Dali of the kitchen," a more than apt description given that his avant-garde dishes often look surreal and taste like nothing you've ever eaten before.

3. The French Laundry, Napa, California
Chef Thomas Keller's crown jewel relies on fresher-than-fresh ingredients to inform its French-inspired cuisine. Set in the heart of Napa Valley, the restaurant resides in a charming, rustic stone house that was originally built in 1890 as a French steam laundry. Be sure to book this romantic haven early, as the intimate dining room has only 15 tables.

4. Bras, Laguiole, France
While Chef Michel Bras's establishment in southern France boasts a stunning vista of the hilly countryside, this unique restaurant is much more than a room with a view. From the fresh provincial fare to the stream running through the building, Bras is a restaurant deeply connected to the land.

5. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
Lung king heen, which means "view of the dragon," clearly refers to the restaurant's stunning views of the harbor. But don't let the panorama distract you for too long, as dinner or dim sum at Lung King Heen always features a delicious new take on classic Cantonese cuisine.

6. Ristorante Cracco, Milan, Italy
Who doesn't love brilliantly executed Italian food? Chef Carlo Cracco does this and more, infusing classic Italian dishes with new ingredients and techniques. This restaurant is everything it's cracked up to be.

7. Quay, Sydney, Australia
If you're able peel your eyes away from Quay's awesome views of Sydney's Harbor Bridge and Opera House, you're in for an extraordinary culinary treat. Sourcing its ingredients from local organic farms, Quay is intent on using unique and unusual produce to create exquisite and memorable meals.

8. Patagonia Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Campfire cooking is taken to a whole new level at Patagonia Sur. World-renowned Chef Francis Mallman uses wood fires and cast iron to create his elevated versions of traditional Argentinian fare. Be sure to pair your meal with an outstanding wine from its impressive list.

9. Alinea, Chicago, Illinois
Go beyond your culinary comfort zone and venture to Chicago's Alinea, where familiar foods and flavors are presented in unexpected forms. Alinea breaks all the rules, but the results resoundingly confirm that there is, indeed, a method to the madness.

10. Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
If you find yourself in the beautiful and romantic City of Lights, treat yourself to an equally beautiful and romantic meal at Pierre Gagnaire. The experience will cost a pretty euro, but it's well worth it; seasonally inspired, the menu is always fresh, innovative, and inventive.


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