East Ocean City
"We try to turn people on to Italian wine," says Babbo’s wine director, Colum Sheehan. But the mammoth list can be a challenge. Thus, two sommeliers are on the two floors at all times. Order the spicy two-minute calamari "Sicilian lifeguard style" with currants, caperberries, pine nuts and chiles. To get a reservation at this New York hot spot, call at 10 a.m. one month ahead of the date you want. And for a last-minute booking, try 9 p.m. the night before, or after 3 p.m. the day of.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.