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Beijing: Fang Shan Restaurant
Opened in 1925 by chefs who used to work in the Imperial household, this legendary restaurant doesn't do things by halves. Its Man Han Banquet features 134 hot dishes and 48 cold ones, plus a vast array of desserts, for $180 a head. You'll have to allow several days to work through it all, of course.

Washington: Laboratorio del Galileo
Given that it has only eight tables, guests book weeks in advance for the sprawling 10- to 12-course Italian banquet at this intimate offshoot of chef Roberto Donna's celebrated Galileo Restaurant. The...

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