New York, US
Take the lift to the 63rd floor of this art deco Financial District landmark to discover haute cuisine inspired by the culinary language of nostalgia, New York City and global travels. A recent follow-on from James Kent, the man behind the lauded Crown Shy (found on the ground floor), dining at Saga sways to the rhythm of a seasonal, multi-course degustation menu featuring a number of centrepiece plates for the table to share. Start with a cocktail on the sky-high heated terrace before settling in to the intimate Mad Men-esque dining room, where scenic city vistas and pared-back interiors of warm terracotta, marble and plush velvet provide a quiet backdrop for the intricate plates that are unveiled. Elegant, sometimes playful, presentation is par for the course – see the two-tier, boat-like vessel that offers fluke served five ways – while service treads a familiar fine-dining path – formally friendly, lots of detail. Dishes like king asparagus with green almonds and mole; ribeye and sunchoke tagine and porcini custard with fine-dining mainstays, foie gras and black truffle keep things interesting.
70 Pine St, 63rd Floor, Financial District, New York, New York, NY 10005