Platinum List 2018: Best Classic Restaurants

Brennan’s, The French Laundry, Harry’s Bar, The Polo Bar, The Ritz Restaurant

September / October 2018

Long-standing favorites, iconic venues and perennial hotspots that withstand the changing tides of fashion.


New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

For more than seven decades, Brennan’s—the originator of such classics as bananas Foster and eggs hussarde—has been serving Creole cuisine derived from New Orleans’ French and Spanish ancestry. Its popular menu offers indulgences such as roasted Gulf oysters with smoked chili butter and manchego crust, barbecue lobster and fried Mississippi rabbit with eggs over easy.

The French Laundry

Yountville, California, United States

No single ingredient is ever repeated during a dinner at this Thomas Keller institution, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for 12 years in a row. The changing daily menu might include a dish such as herb-roasted Elysian Fields Farm lamb with ragout of pinquito beans, roasted globe artichokes and garden tomato cream.


Harry’s Bar

Venice, Italy

The legendary Giuseppe Cipriani opened his original location on a canal off the Piazza San Marco in 1931. Today, the Cipriani empire extends all over the world, but the first restaurant remains frozen in time, serving a quintessential Bellini and “the best pasta in the world,” according to designer and PL expert Eugenie Niarchos.


The Polo Bar

New York City, New York, United States

This New York classic is renowned for its elegant cocktail menu and delectable bar snacks.

The Ritz Restaurant

London, England

With a magnificent dining room overlooking Green Park, this Michelin-starred restaurant employs seasonal ingredients in classic dishes such as hay-aged Bresse duck and Dover sole meunière with mussels, cockles and langoustine.



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