VOLANTE Lola Cristall travels across the US east coast—to Baltimore, Washington, New York and Boston—to experience some of the country’s luxurious and stylish spots
Lola Cristall is Paris editor of Lucire.
Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton
The divine views, marvellous interior décor and a warm welcome make Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton a true home away from home. The property consists of 66 rooms, giving a boutique-like feel in the centre of the city. Featured in a private section of Baltimore’s stunning Inner Harbor, guests are only steps away from the city’s main attractions, including the vast National Aquarium. A water taxi ride can take you a bit further to your most desired restaurant, shop or attraction. The fresh breeze, the water views and floral design add a touch of extra beauty.
Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore guests can choose to dine at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, or they can indulge in Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for USDA Prime steaks on the property’s waterfront deck. The hotel’s two ballrooms and four meeting rooms make it a delight for a wedding, reunion or another gathering, with its breathtaking views.
Guests may also decide to enjoy the local Maryland Athletic Club fitness and aquatic centre, where they can unwind and plunge into one of four salt water pools.
Whether familiar with Baltimore or not, the friendly concierge provides guests with one-on-one assistance.
Gunther & Co.
Gunther & Co. in Baltimore embraces fresh foods and appetizing cuisine in an alluring, vast interior. Executive chef Jerry Trice and director of operations Nancy Hart bring a sense of elegance to the table. With years of experience in the culinary and restaurant industries, Trice and Hart ensure that guests fully quench their thirst and satiate their appetite as well as their visual senses. From brunch and lunch to dinner, there are farm-to-table dishes sure to satisfy. The tuscarora farm grilled squash and blossoms make for a delicious vegetarian dish that is just as delectable for meat-eaters. Tea-smoked duck breast, pan-roasted local rockfish and wood oven flatbread with roasted garlic, lava bean purée, pickled rhubarb, fresh mozzarella, spring lettuces and prosciutto immaculately explode with taste, flavours and texture. Celebrated for their fresh oysters packed with mouthwatering flavour, the wood oven-roasted variety here with smoky chilis, orange, butter, shallot and scallion beautifully comes together with an exquisite aroma and zesty flavours. Gunther & Co. is all about flavourful haute cuisine within a flawless setting.
Off the Record at the Hay-Adams
For a seductive escape, the Hay–Adams in Washington, DC is the place to be. Overlooking Lafayette Square, this discreet, historical building is captivating. Whether for business or pleasure, guests look forward to more. The ambiance, spectacular service and dining beautifully contribute to the overall experience. Its Off the Record bar takes you back into time with its dim lights, red décor and European-flavoured luxury. The walls and coasters are designed with caricatures of political figures, an appropriate touch for a place in the country’s capital.
Sakerum in Washington, DC provides a dining experience that brings good food (namely Latin and Asian-inspired cuisine) together with good music. There’s a small, intimate rooftop in addition to its spacious dining area. Among its small plates are its sweet miso-glaze Chilean sea bass, grilled octopus with lemon oil, orange and mango picante, as well as fried smelt with sweet and spicy aioli, combining delectable tastes and divine textures in each individual dish. For sushi and maki addicts, Sakerum’s sushi bar doesn’t disappoint.
New York City, NY
Philippe, in the heart of New York, returns with modern Chinese dining by executive chef John Villa, who has added traditional Beijing-style plates with a ‘modern twist.’ Philippe is divided into separate spaces: the Main Dining Room, separated into the Skylight Room and the Runway Room; the Bar and Lounge area; the Warrior Dining Rooms, each partitioned by sliding doors; as well as the Wine Cellar, giving extra privacy in the restaurant’s basement. Each setting has a different feel and ambiance. For that extra something special, Philippe offers hand-crafted teas including Mutan White, Hao Ya A and Lung China, with delicious tastes varying from slightly sweet to nutty. Philippe’s dishes are just as delicious and beautifully presented.
SakaMai in New York is an intimate izakaya and sake bar that embraces fine cuisine and traditional décor. Chef Akiyama’s savoury shishito peppers with smoked Maldon sea salt and lime are memorable; sea urchin, sturgeon caviar and scrambled egg as well as the green tea soba noodle with sesame soy dressing, walnuts and nori contain powerful flavours in each bite.
For traditional Puglian dishes, i Trulli in New York has a family-like ambiance, serving fresh ingredients and classic flavours. Nicola Marzovilla focuses on an all-Italian menu, with delectable wines and meals that include a simple grain of faro with summer vegetables, live sea scallop roasted on a half-shell, crispy seafood with herbs, as well as handmade pasta with a selection of ingredients from fresh vegetables to meaty sausage. I Trulli’s selection of desserts include mascarpone rich tiramisu, olive oil cake and nutella calzones.
While i Trulli makes for sophisticated dining, right next door is Sottosuolo, a more laid-back scene focusing on wood oven-prepared pizza.
Treadwell Park is a fascinating, upbeat and delightful place for entertainment, food and drink. With two different locations to choose from in New York, you can look forward to a dozen big-screen TVs, a ping-pong table and pinball machines inside. There’s complimentary popcorn to go with your drink or a slew of dishes from the extensive menu, including a foot-long hot dog, a lobster roll, burgers or a large soft pretzel. Treadwell Park is where you can bring a group of family and friends together, on elongated wooden sharing tables.
Industry Kitchen provides beautiful views of the Big Apple. The menu predominantly comprises wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas as well as a variety of appetizers—an enjoyable venue for friends and family.
Vegetarian and vegan restaurant Red Lentil, just outside of Boston, focuses on full flavours and intense textures. Chef Pankaj Pradhan has travelled extensively and uses his expertise to create internationally innovative plates. The rustic paella with orzo pasta, a mélange of various vegetables and saffron beautifully complement each other, while the lasagna comprised of bell pepper, zucchini, yellow onions, eggplant, and vegan ricotta cheese is reminiscent of the meaty and cheesy lasagna one craves. •
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