Try out London's best bar at a recreation opening in New York City
There are so many intriguing hot spots around the world that it can be hard to keep up, especially without unlimited vacation time or frequent flier miles at your disposal.
One possible solution? Let the attractions come to you. On August 1, Mastercard launched an “international culinary collective,” bringing a trio of popular far-flung restaurants to US shores. The credit card company’s first flagship restaurant experience, located at Spring in New York’s Tribeca, Priceless features a rotating roster of drinking and dining destinations under one roof—recreated in full, down to the ambient noise in each establishment. First up: an African restaurant set in the ocean off the coast of Zanzibar, a sushi restaurant from Japan with a social-media-savvy chef, and a buzzy London cocktail bar, named 2018’s best in the world before an unprecedented rebranding.
The current residencies, which run through January, feature options both upscale and reasonably priced. Hailing from Kitakyushu, Japan, Teruzushi chef Takayoshi Watanabe has a dramatic approach to sushi – and the Instagram following to show for it. To create his 15-course menu (US$350), Watanabe wields an impressive 70cm blade, with a curve that’s said to positively affect the texture of the fish. “Teruzushi was established around the premise that we provide an experience you can only have in our restaurant,” he said in a press release. “We literally closed our doors in Kitakyushu and headed here to New York with our full staff in tow to ensure we could deliver on that promise.”
Reachable only by foot during low tide and by boat during high, the Rock in Zanzibar serves Italian-accented African fare, in a setting that offers 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean. Here, a six-course menu (US$135) will feature dishes like Swahili carpaccio and egg tagliatelle with langoustines and baby tomatoes against a backdrop of gently rocking waves and ocean-scented air. “From the sound capture from our home in Zanzibar to the views that guests enjoy as they dine, and the flawless recreation of restaurant interior to the taste of authentic island spices and fresh, locally sourced seafood, this is experience on a whole new level,” said Nigel Firman, the Rock’s owner.
Then there’s Lyaness. The South Bank, London, bar formerly known as Dandelyan is renowned for its inventive cocktails: Shortly after it was named World’s Best Bar in 2018, mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana shut the place down and changed it up, reopening with a new name and a new concept earlier this year. The New York version replicates everything from the curved, green onyx bar to the cocktails (US$16) crafted with bespoke ingredients (think: aromatised milk wine, infinite banana, purple pineapple, and onyx). Bar snacks like Wagyu beef hot dogs, cured Spanish mackerel, and giardiniera tempura round out the menu. “New York and London are such twinned cities, so we’re incredibly excited,” Chetiyawardana said. “Lyaness was an evolution of all the ideas we loved during our Dandelyan years, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting audience to showcase Lyaness’ balance of cutting edge flavour exploration in a warm, fun and inclusive setting.”
Finally, on the rooftop terrace is Global Market, where James Beard winner JJ Johnson has put together a menu of small plates to go with the drinks menu at Lyaness, with a $60 set menu covering three dishes and a drink. “Food is a universal language we all understand,” Johnson said, “serving as the underpinning for bringing people and communities together.”
Reservations are available on OpenTable for Mastercard cardholders, and only Mastercard and cash are accepted for payment. See priceless.com/restaurant for more information.