Luxury Culinary Experiences Across the Americas

January 24, 2024

As a luxury real estate brand, Engel & Völkers is committed to providing an incomparable experience to our clients, unique to any in the industry. We understand that when buying a home, there are many important aspects to take into consideration pertaining to location, whether it be climate or grocery store accessibility – and for many of us “foodies” – the culinary experience.

In this exclusive feature, we are excited to take you on a culinary tour around the Americas, highlighting premium locations to immerse yourself in some of the highest-rated culinary experiences. From as north as Canada to the islands of the Caribbean, here are some cities that combine luxury with the culinary arts.

Montreal, Canada - Toqué!

One of the most charming parts about walking the streets of the city of Montreal is the old-school European charm that can’t help to seem to transport you to the streets of Paris. Whether it be after a long day of exploring the colorful streets of the city of Montreal, visiting the infamous botanical gardens, or paying a visit to the Fine Arts Museum, we want to be sure you know exactly where to enjoy dinner after a long day.

Located in Montreal, Toqué offers an experience deeply rooted in Quebec and its surrounding regions, drawing from the fields, the rivers, the ocean and the forest. The restaurant's creative menu offers a farm-to-table experience, embracing the artistry of gastronomic cuisine through Quebecois cuisine. Under the command of chef Normand Laprise, Toqué stands as a culinary institution to not only young chefs, but all in the city. Additionally, the restaurant has a strong commitment to using locally sourced ingredients. 

New York City, US - Per Se

We all know New York City as the “city that never sleeps”. From its bright lights, metro charm, and dream-big mantra, the city offers a diverse experience to everyone who steps foot in its concrete jungle. 

Located in the infamous Columbus Circle is Per Se, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant defying the limits of culinary art. Directed by chef Thomas Keller, the sophisticated restaurant demonstrating a mastery of French technique offers a nine-course tasting menu and a nine-course vegetable tasting menu crafted with classic French technique. To add to the charm, the restaurant has one of the best views of the city, sitting over Central Park. Per Se is a stop that can not be missed for those who enjoy the fine dining experience.

Mexico City, Mexico - Pujol

If you are looking for the perfect combination of culture, passion, and flavor, you will want to head over to Mexico City. There is so much culture in every corner of the city, from the colorful building palettes to the live musical performances on the streets. But the most attractive part of Mexico is its people who welcome everyone with open arms and the highest level of service.

In Mexico City, you will find the country's most well-known and highly-rated restaurant: Pujol. Created by Enrique Olvera, Pujol pushes the boundaries of traditional Mexican cuisine, curating innovative and refined dishes unique to the restaurant itself. Pujol focuses on using indigenous ingredients that create a dining experience that blends Mexico's rich flavors with a modern twist. 

St. Martin - Le Pressoir

We can all agree – especially those in colder climates – that a warm, tropical vacation to a Caribbean Island could solve many of our problems. Apart from the beauty of its velvety white sand beaches with crystal blue waters, the Caribbean offers an experience that intertwines colonial influence with its own natural landscape and vibrant culture. Although the artistic, musical, literary, political, and social elements have all built a strong sense of community and passion amongst the islanders, there is one element especially unique to the Caribbean: the cuisine. 

Le Pressoir, located in St. Martin, encapsulates a unique blend of the French culinary experience with the vibrant touch of the culture of the island. Although Le Pressoir stands out for its colonial architectural influence, its combination of both classic French flavors with local traditions creates a culinary experience unlike any other.  

It comes as no surprise the variety of culinary experiences that can be found across the Americas. Whether you are dining over Central Park at Per Se, or in the Caribbean at Le Pressoir, you can be sure you will not be disappointed. Each one of these restaurants conveys a unique and traditional gastronomic experience for its guests.