This refined eatery (aka Casa Havana) glamorously channels South Beach and Santa Monica, with a sexy black bar dispensing luscious libations, an earthy color scheme, and sparkly ecru curtains dividing dining spaces. Executive Chef Michaell Farrell hails from the Big Easy, and his food, which he dubs "coastal cuisine," travels from Nantucket to New Orleans with aplomb. The menu offers mostly small plates, ideal for grazing, and large plates to be shared family-style. Seafood
is the star, unsurprisingly. Witness the sea bass with lump crab and apple-smoked bacon; seared scallop with fennel risotto and cassis demi-glace; or a lightly poached "butter" lobster with grapefruit-pepper emulsion. But carnivores needn't despair: The sous vide beef tenderloin practically dissolves in your mouth. Pairings are suggested for each dish on the menu; the wine list features several fine buys at $35, with some surprising high-end bargains. Wine Master dinners pair several courses with wines (Marchese di Barolo to Gosset champagne), often introduced by the guest winemakers or owners from as far afield as Tuscany, Australia, Napa, and Chile.