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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Americas Restaurant Review: For sheer drama, it's hard to top this jewel in chef Michael Cordúa's restaurant empire. Handsome as the high-ceilinged, rock-walled first floor bar may be, nothing in it prepares you for the dining room above, which includes realistic representations of Incan stonework and way-out light fixtures in wild colors. As the name suggests, influences from North, South and Central America converge here into an eclectic yet harmonious New World Cuisine. Though the lunch and dinner menus vary, the tenderest of meats, breathtaking sauces, elegantly grilled vegetables and unexpected accents are hallmarks of both. For lunch, don't overlook the marvelously meatless yucca polenta or the torta púchica, an open-faced sandwich on a Mexican roll, featuring delicate pork tenderloin awakened by lime, scallions and roasted red peppers. At dinner, try the medallón con cepas, which pairs charred tenderloin with a mushroom-studded Chilean bordelaise sauce. Be sure to explore the wine list, which includes an extensive selection of South American vintages. The service is top-notch and unobtrusively attentive. In all regards, we feel that Américas is a reliable place to take someone you want to impress---or indulge.