In the entertainment industry's A-list hotel, the Belvedere practically guarantees that you'll be rubbing elbows with power brokers. The refined cooking here elevates the opulent restaurant far above the usual hotel dining room. You may want to start with the signature house-smoked salmon with scallion pancakes, chive crème fraîche, and caviar, then indulge in osso bucco, Kansas City strip steak, or grilled Alaskan halibut with pomegranate gastrique. At lunch, deal makers
convene over salads and such "glamburgers" as sautéed salmon with fennel-kumquat jam and dill mayonaise. The execs who favor this place are prone to special ordering—and the staff graciously obliges.