Balthazar - New York, NY
This French bistro has inspired more imitators than James Bond. With an always-bustling scene (that usually includes a celebrity or two), the Keith McNally-owned eatery is often credited with helping make Soho the hip destination spot it is today. While the trendy atmosphere makes it great for impressing a date, the dishes makes it even more worth the hype, thanks to a consistently reliable menu of bistro staples. Don't miss the twice-fried french fries (more than 750 pounds of them are served each day).