In this issue: St. Maarten, Tokyo, Madrid, New York, and Miami
Eat: In St. Maarten, a native son grabs the limelight
St. Maarten has long been considered the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. With restaurants like Temptation around, there’s little wonder why. Chef Dino Jagtiani, the first St. Maarten-born graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, calls his cuisine Nouveau Caribbean. Tempt your taste buds with dishes like Tamarind Glazed Mahi-Mahi or Caramelized Onion-Crusted Atlantic Salmon. Finish with a “St. Maartini” — coconut rum, guava purée, passion fruit juice, and peach schnapps!
See: Art on the move in Tokyo
Tokyo’s nightlife-happy Roppongi has never been an art lover’s destination. Until now. The January debut of the National Art Center gives this town new intellectual heft. Architect Kisho Kurokawa’s stunning facade shimmers in undulating waves of glass. The cavernous 171,000-square-foot space houses seven exhibition areas, a library, a restaurant, and a museum shop. The Center features traveling exhibitions that focus on modern and contemporary art. (Kathryn Matthews)
Drink: Stargazing in Madrid
The next time you’re in Madrid, do as the stylish madrileños do and check out the new penthouse lounge atop the Hotel ME Madrid Reina Victoria. The Penthouse is the first European venture from Rande Gerber, the visionary behind Manhattan’s Whiskey Bar and LA’s Stone Rose. Soak up the views from the rooftop, where you can lounge on a pillow while sipping a Lavender Margarita. Grab a bite beforehand at the hotel’s lounge and restaurant, Midnight Rose, also designed by Gerber.
Stay: New York’s downtown-uptown hotel
In New York, the much-discussed 6 Columbus is finally opening mid-June, bringing 90 new hotel rooms to Columbus Circle. 6 Columbus does downtown chic well, with a mod ’60s aesthetic — chrome, teak, mood lighting, etc. Rooms are tricked out with preloaded Ipods and plasma TVs. Hungry? Head for Blue Ribbon Sushi on the main floor. This is the sixth NYC outpost for Gotham’s primo sushi purveyor.
Shop: Europe fashion statement comes Stateside
In an effort to discourage people from using plastic bags, British designer Anya Hindmarch teamed up with We Are What We Do, a non-profit British organization, to create the I’m-not-a-plastic-bag canvas tote. The tote, now a must-have fashion item all over Europe, makes its U.S. debut June 20. You can buy one of the $15 cream-colored bags (with navy blue writing) at Hindmarch’s New York boutique (29 East 60th Street) or online from Anya Hindmarch.
Made to Order: Miami’s queen of sole
Forget flying to Italy to have your shoes custom-made. Designer Morgan Miller can do it easily enough in her new boutique in Miami. Customers design their own couture footwear, from bases (there’s a full range — from stiletto to platform) to straps (think basic black, hot pink or leather) to bling-a-ding-ding accessories like jewels, chains, crystals and buckles. Colors run from black to fuchsia to cerulean blue. You can sip champagne while the cobbler puts it all together! Prices start at $150.