3 Places to See and Be Seen

BY Riki Altman-Yee, Lad Makinde, Teresa K. Traverse, David Tyda and Lauren Swanson | January 4, 2017 | Feature Features

The city's booming culinary scene is hallmarked by inspiring new restaurant openings, impressive chefs, dishes to die for, experiences to savor and a spectrum of food and drink trends that take dining out into a whole new and exciting realm.
Buck & Rider's raw bar not only serves as a focal point and prep area, but also as a bar and gathering spot.

Buck & Rider
Incredible views of Camelback Mountain? Check. Fresh seafood flown in daily? Check. A menu partly inspired by President Adam Strecker's New Orleans upbringing? Check. Power Move: Ask for a table by the fireplace in "Celebrity Corner" and order a bottle of wine curated by world-class wine buyer Kimber Stonehouse. Want to go bigger? Contact GM Laura Spencer for VIP needs, like flying in a particular type of seafood for your dining experience. 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.346.0110

Mastro’s City Hall
This Valley staple is known for its impeccable white glove service, but it offers much more than just pomp and circumstance. The real magic of City Hall is its consistent excellence. Whether you’re savoring sizzling steaks, the famed Seafood Tower (price varies), or the signature dessert butter cake a la mode ($16), City Hall is always a sure thing. Power Move: The City Hall team prides itself on accommodating requests; regulars have the managers and bartenders on speed dial. 6991 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.941.4700

Steak 44
The brainchild of Mastro brothers Jeffrey and Michael, Steak 44 brings a breath of fresh air to the upscale steakhouse scene. Touted as a more casual alternative than any of their previous establishments, what Steak 44 lacks in gaudy aesthetics, it certainly makes up for with exceptionally high-quality fare. As soon as the warm Parmesan rolls arrive, guests will find it very hard to abstain from anything on the menu. Power Move: Order the wagyu tomahawk steak ($200). 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix, 602.271.4400

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