New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Michael White’s Ai Fiori in the Setai Hotel on Fifth Avenue has been showered with accolades, all of them deserved. White’s Italian cuisine is a thing of beauty and evident skill, true, but that’s not all Ai Fiori has going for it, not with famed cocktail creator (that’s the term he prefers) Eben Freeman, formerly of Tailor, behind the drinks list. The cocktails are meticulously crafted and made with innovative ingredients: brown butter-infused rum, celery infused gin. The elegant white-marble bar is the ideal place to begin an evening, say with Freeman’s distinctive twist on a negroni, before if you’re fortunate heading through to the main dining room and one of the best dining experiences New York has to offer.