An editor once asked me to suggest a fitting restaurant where he could propose to the woman he was dating. I recommended Aria; she said yes. My partner and I also celebrate at this Buckhead bastion. Front-of-house manager and wine director Andrés Loaiza greets customers with the warmest smile, and he always keeps one or two elegant Champagnes on the by-the-glass list.
Gerry Klaskala's New American cooking is precise and consistent. He rotates in trendy ingredients on nightly specials, but I return for long-running favorites like butter-poached lobster with broccoli mousseline and whipped potatoes. We always save room for Kathryn King's suave desserts. When the warm chevre cheesecake arrives and we see "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the plate in King's ornate penmanship, our night is complete. —Bill Addison