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Palm Beach County’s Restaurant Scene
Palm Beach County’s Sizzling Hot Restaurant Scene Welcomes Many New York Notables.
Increasingly a winter, and year-round playground for New Yorkers and the international “Who’s Who,” Palm Beach has welcomed several legendary New York restaurants. Le Bilboquet, affectionately called “Bilbo’s” debuted on Worth Avenue, bringing beautiful food to its beautiful patrons (don’t miss the Cajun Chicken Salad). La Goulue, another Upper East Side favorite, serves classic French bistro fare. Almond, a favorite in Bridgehampton and Manhattan, opened on the North End, joining Sant Ambroeus, the gorgeous café, and ristorante with sibs in New York and Milano. Swifty’s, another UES landmark, also moved south, now poolside at the stylish Colony Hotel. LoLa 41 and the chic new White Elephant Hotel bring a touch of Nantucket glamor. Longtime island favorite Trevini, relocated two blocks east on Sunset Ave to a beautiful new space, still featuring excellent Italian and Gianni’s gracious hospitality!
In West Palm Beach, The Ben, part of the Auto-graph Collection, is THE place to stay and play! It doesn’t get more convenient or comfortable with a beautifully featured rooftop pool, two full-service restaurants, Spruzzo on the rooftop, and Proper Grit adjacent to the stunning lobby downstairs. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, steps from the Palm Beach International Boat Show site, The Ben pays homage to Old Palm Beach with a hint of Italian sophistication.
Other recent additions to West Palm include RH Rooftop, a dramatic space with stylish American cuisine atop Restoration Hardware’s flagship store. Grandview Market, located not far from the Norton Museum, is a popular new food hall. If you haven’t visited the Norton in the last few years, it underwent an extensive renovation and now features a lovely restaurant.
Now for a quick visit to some old and new favorites. Nothing beats drinks or bites at the Square Grouper overlooking the famed lighthouse and inlet in Jupiter. The Woods (owned by Tiger) and Guanabanas are also fun. La Masseria in Palm Beach Gardens has its roots in NYC and Rhode Island, where people know a few things about Italian food!
In West Palm, we love Avocado Grille for cocktails and tapas. Zuccarelli’s has the best NY pizza and Italian (everything is made from scratch). The Regional by Lindsay Autry (Top Chef and James Beard nominee) features elevated Southern cuisine. Ristorante Santucci is a hip, Sicilian-inspired spot near Rosemary Square.
In Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, the area’s best Greek is Chris’ Taverna. Real Wok serves the best dim sum in Palm Beach County. For great Detroit-style pizza, go to Pizza Panz—think Sicilian with a crunchy, cheesy edge!
In Delray Beach, the Delray Market is an expansive food hall with something for everyone in a gleaming contemporary space. Avalon Steak & Seafood by NYC’s Host Restaurant Group brings beautiful, upscale steakhouse meets beach cuisine to Atlantic Avenue. Lionfish (sustainable seafood), Hawkers (Asian), and Amar (Lebanese) are all new additions worth checking out, which join a long list of favorites including Tramonti, Dada, Cut 432, and Caffé Luna Rosa. For your New York Deli fix, visit 3G’s in Delray and Ben’s Kosher Deli in Boca.
In Boca Raton, seafood lovers will kvell over Copperfish (from Maryland) and Luff’s Fish House. Francophiles will adore La Nouvelle Maison (contemporary French), Kathy’s Gazebo Café (Old World French Continental), and Côte France (best pastries). Tucci’s is my favorite coal fired pizza! A Farmer’s Table can’t be beat for the area’s best farm-to-table restaurant (Boca and North Palm), and Fries to Caviar gives everyone something to toast to!
“The Boca Raton” (FKA Boca Raton Resort & Club) is undergoing a massive makeover, and is bringing in an exciting array of new restaurant concepts by NYC’s Major Food Group (Carbone, Parm) which will be available exclusively to resort guests and members (Flamingo Grill and Sadelle’s among the first to debut). Gallagher’s, another NYC landmark is set to open in Boca in 2022! These exciting developments should put to rest any doubt South Florida is indeed “The Sixth Borough” of New York. Start spreading the news and bon appetit!