No chef gets to host his own food competition show without knowing how to throw some punches in the kitchen. The flagship restaurant of MasterChef host Graham Elliot puts contemporary fine dining in a sleek restaurant, with tunes of Wilco and the Police adding to the backdrop. Inventive market-fresh dishes such as scallop almondine and Wagyu beef make cameos on one of the two tasting menus ($125 and $165). The boisterous space with exposed-brick walls succeeds in
combining a casual vibe with fine-dining flourish. Elliot calls it "bistronomic"; his fans simply call it good eating.