Best Bloody Mary - 2001
We could go on and on about the wonders of Azie. The décor is sumptuous, the Nine Bites appetizer is better than most sex, and the live DJ at the bar means you're not dining on your grandmother's haute cuisine, but a 21st-century style of fusion executed so flawlessly that foie gras steamed with snapper seems as natural as tomato sauce with pasta. But perhaps the most haunting taste of all comes from the drink list -- the Azie Bloody Mary -- a garden-fresh sip spiked with wasabi and soy sauce, served in a pilsner glass rimmed with kosher salt and sesame seeds. It's cunning, subtle, entirely seductive -- in fact, so irresistible we'd drink one with dessert.