Chef Alain Passard is famous in foodie circles, and L'Arpege makes our list primarily to satisfy athletic-minded travelers seeking a gourmet and unique meal that is not traditionally French. It's also best suited for those who don't mind spending a lot of cashola on a meal. L'Arpege also makes our cut due to its reliance on organic ingredients, creative use of veggies and plenty of vegetarian dishes. Mr. Passard truly values the vegetable. Hooray! The décor is contemporary and streamlined. Think stylish minimalism and elegant.
Because the Chef cultivates his own veggies, expect each dish to feature unique vegetable preparations. The menu changes all the time. Examples of dishes include cous cous of veggies and shellfish, braised monkfish in a mustard sauce, pan roasted scallops, assorted roasted baby vegetables from the Chef's garden, celery root tagliatelle with mustard and herb sauce, roasted beet with chocolate sauce and sea salt.
Open for lunch Mon to Fri from 12:30p to 2:30p, and dinner Mon to Fri from 8p to 10:30p
Note: Hours tend to be rather flexible, however – diners have been known to sit in the restaurant, for one meal, anywhere between 2 and 5 hours.