City Guides: Hong Kong and New York
Lauren Khoo, designer and creative director of Lauren X Khoo Fine Jewelry, straddles between her homes in New York and Hong Kong. She shares her perennial favourites in each bustling metropolis.
Where do you brunch in Hong Kong and New York?
18 Grams - Possibly the best Coffee in Hong Kong
Aberdeen Street Social - Modern British cuisine by Michelin-star Chef Jason Atherton
Che - A traditional Dim Sum place locals and tourists both find themselves returning to
Tabibito - Japanese style tapas with a unique menu categorized in terms of where the ingredients are from and the nature of the dish itself
Chachawan - Thai restaurant and bar specializing in Northern Thai food
Sevva - International cuisine inspired by the cultural diversity of Hong Kong
China Tang - Originally from London, a Dim Sum place with character and style
Jack's Wife Freda - An American Mediterranean restaurant known for its delicious brunch
Sant Ambroeus - Northern Italian food, gelato and sweets
Cipriani Downtown - A place to see and to be seen, Italian food and cocktails
Crosby Bar - The Crosby Bar inside the Crosby Street Hotel offers modern American food in a uniquely eclectic setting
Rose Bakery - Parisian inspired bakery with delicious pastries and sandwiches
Cafe Cluny - Franco-American cafe known for its weekend brunch
Felix - French brasserie in SoHo good for brunch and pre-dinner drinks
Kingside Restaurant - A modern take on American cuisine paired alongside signature cocktails
Favourite spots for a cuppa?
Teakha - Cake, Tea, Scones, what more can one ask for?
Sevva - Afternoon Tea with Asian influences
Via Quadronno - Best known for their Cappuccinos and Paninis
Sant Ambroeus - Gelato, Tarts, Coffee
Nespresso - Upscale boutique with a cafe
Your favourite ice cream joints
Lab Made - Asia's first liquid Nitrogen Ice cream lab
Grom - Rich, flavorful gelato
Ciao Bella - Gelato and Sorbetto with a wide variety of flavors
Pictured above: Ciao Bella (credit: Gary Stevens)
Where do you go for a good steak?
La Vache - Parisian steakhouse serving authentic Steak with Bearnaise sauce, Fries and Baguettes
Bistecca Steak House - Italian steakhouse with rustic themes of Tuscany
Blue Butcher - Described as one of the best steakhouses in Hong Kong. Steak, cocktails and an unbeatable ambiance
Peter Luger - Steak served in a German beer hall setting
Smith & Wollensky - Dry aged beef, martinis and wine, a true old school New York steakhouse
What about good seafood?
Fu Sing (Hong Kong, Delay No Mall, 銅鑼灣怡和街68號1樓) - Dim Sum in the day, seafood at night
Private Kitchen in tai hang (Shop A1, G/F, 9-11 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang) - An open kitchen, with updated menus everyday
Le Bernardin - Exquisite seafood from a 3 Michelin-Star restaurant, highly recommended
Pictured above: Le Bernardin (credit: Bentel & Bentel)
What are your favourite Japanese restaurants in each city?
Inagiku (IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong) - Japanese Kaiseki, Teppanyaki, Sushi, Sashimi in classic and contemporary styles
Ku-Suya Rakuen - Okinawan style Japanese food
Sushi Hiro - Fuss free Japanese food from the heart
Sushi Shin - Authentic Japanese food
Taku - Traditional Shop House setting serving traditional Japanese food with modern ingredients
Bar Masa - Acclaimed chef Masayoshi Takayama brings his expertise with food to the table
Sushi of Gari - A place where tradition meets innovation
Donguri - A small, simple, sushi free restaurant featuring sashimi, soba and udon
Stylish vacation rentals in Hong Kong and New York
This spacious and family friendly home in Hong Kong has been elegently furnished and is just steps from Times Square, MTR, Victoria Park and SOGO.
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