The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX
I’ve always had a soft spot for Neiman Marcus’ popovers with strawberry butter (the new “Neiman Marcus Cooks” cookbook includes the recipe if you want to try them at home). There’s no better spot to enjoy them than at the eternally chic Zodiac restaurant. Located on the sixth floor of the store’s original downtown Dallas location, it’s been an institution for 50 years and is still as glamorous as ever. Here are a few more of my favorite in-store cafes and restaurants around the country:
Ralph’s Coffee Shop, New York, NY
When Ralph Lauren officially opened the new Polo flagship on Fifth Avenue last month, I had to pop in. This location had a little surprise in store: Ralph’s Coffee Shop. Tucked in a sunny corner on the second floor, there’s a smattering of bistro tables and a long communal one covered in coffee table books to browse. The food is sourced from local farms, purveyors and bakeries and the coffee is private label USDA organic. It’s the perfect spot for a shopping break.
Freds at Barneys, Beverly Hills, CA
Barneys opened a new restaurant this month (replacing Barney Greengrass with an outpost of Freds) and the expanded terrace offers al fresco dining at its best. Think views of the Hollywood Hills with West Coast fare such as the Beverly Hills Club Sandwich filled with shrimp, crab, avocado and bacon.
BG at Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY
Designed by Kelly Wearstler in pale blues, greens and chinoiserie wallpaper, BG is a beautiful restaurant with views of Central Park on the seventh floor of one of the world’s most iconic department stores. It’s just down the block from my office, and a perfect spot for afternoon lunch.
Sam’s at Louis, Boston, MA
Tucked behind the Institute of Contemporary Art and overlooking the inner harbor, Louis Boston’s new location is in stark modern contrast to its previous brick manse. Upstairs there’s a cool contemporary diner serving locally sourced New England dishes that are as refreshing as the view.