Top destinations in Oakland, California; Chicago; Washington, DC; Dallas; Miami; and New York City.


Oakland, California

Fox Theater

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Fox Theater Instead of vaudeville acts, this newly restored 1920s theater books indie bands like Vampire Weekend (


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Taste It

Flora Across the street from the Fox, Flora combines a Prohibition-style cocktail list with only-in-California dishes like seared dayboat scallops with beets and kumquat relish, above. In June, Flora's owners will open Xolo nearby for taco loyalists ( About a 10-minute walk from the Fox, Picán is famous for its three-day buttermilk fried chicken and 18-page bourbon list (

San Francisco


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New People For Japanese-pop-culture fiends, this cinema and art gallery serves Blue Bottle Coffee and tasty bento boxes from Delica (

Chicago, Illinois

See It

The Art Institute of Chicago Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano's new limestone-and-glass Modern Wing took almost a decade to build; generous amounts of natural light illuminate modern works by artists like David Hockney (

Taste It

Terzo Piano The new restaurant in the Modern Wing is all about white-on-white futuristic style. Star chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia finds the perfect nexus between Italian dishes and Midwestern ingredients, as in his butternut-squash ravioli with artisanal Wisconsin cheese (

Washington, DC

See It

Sidney Harman Hall The Shakespeare Theatre Company's supermodern, glass-fronted home couldn't be more unlike the Globe (


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Taste It

Proof  Two blocks from Sidney Harman Hall, this wine bar (left) has a fanastic 1,200-bottle list ( Cowgirl Creamery The California cheesemaker's shop is an essential stop for organic, triple-cream Mt. Tam and Fra'Mani charcuterie (

Dallas, Texas

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AT&T Performing Arts Center This huge new complex includes the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre for dance and drama (designed in part by Rem Koolhaas) and the red, glowing, Foster + Partners–designed Winspear Opera House (

Taste It

Samar Near the Center, Southwest cuisine pioneer and chile champion Stephan Pyles goes global with Spanish, Indian and eastern-Mediterranean small plates. Sit at the tandoori bar for naan straight from the oven ( Tei An Chef Teiichi Sakura's latest Japanese obsession is the soba noodle. His new place near the Center has a windowed soba-making room so diners can watch the action (214-220-2828).

Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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The Tadao Ando–designed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth displays dazzling pieces by Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol (

Love shack

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Taste It

A short drive away is chef Tim Love's Love Shack. Try the burger with fried quail egg (

Miami, Florida

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De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space Local art patrons' Design District gallery (

Sra. Martinez

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Taste It

Pizza Volante New District spot with wood-fired pies and a mozzarella bar ( Sra. Martinez Star chef Michelle Bernstein's Latin-Mediterranean tapas, like tomatoes with Spanish goat's-milk cheese (

New York: West Side

Museum of Arts and Design

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Museum of Arts and Design Among the exhibits at the white-tiled MAD, left: a silver necklace as big as a dinner plate and a dodo made of fast-food-chicken bones (

Missy Roberts A Voce

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Robert MAD's acid-yellow-and-pink dining room has outrageous views of nearby Central Park and a Mediterranean menu by chef Matthew Kaufman ( A Voce Columbus Chef Missy Robbins and her team make amazing panna cotta, left (

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Lincoln Center Part of an ongoing $1 billion renovation, the new David Rubenstein Atrium sells day-of tickets for 25 to 50 percent off. Chef Jonathan Benno's ambitious new restaurant opens this fall (

Taste It

Bar Boulud French master Daniel Boulud's sublime wine-and-charcuterie bar (

New York: East Side

See It

Guggenheim Museum Frank Lloyd Wright's spiraling masterpiece celebrated 50 years with a renovation that stripped 11 layers of cracked paint from its exterior. Go by May 12 to catch Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso in "Paris and the Avant-Garde" (

Taste It

The Wright The museum's new restaurant is a stark white space wrapped in technicolor art. David Bouley protégé Rodolfo Contreras cooks dishes like striped bass with fennel and paprika (

New York City Downtown: Meatpacking District

High Line

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High Line Diller Scofidio + Renfro architects reinvented a rusted, weed-strewn elevated freight track as an improbably beautiful park (

The Standard

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Taste It

The Standard Grill Under the High Line, chef Dan Silverman cooks rib eyes and duck-fat potatoes for fashionistas; there's a beer garden, too (

    By Kelly SnowdenJen Murphy and Michelle Shih