The first restaurant in Charlie Palmer’s empire, which now encompasses 19 restaurants and hotels throughout the country, opened in 1988 when the chef was just 28 years old. Palmer was an early adopter of farm-sourced ingredients, which he integrated into his signature “progressive American”-style dishes, a modern take on classic European cooking that uses American artisanal products. Aureole, originally located on the Upper East Side, is housed in the environmentally advanced Bank of America Tower in Midtown, where it has two distinct seating areas: the Aureole Dining Room and Aureole Liberty Room. The former is more of a fine-dining experience comapred to the latter’s casual, bar-like setting. The menu is prix fixe, and main-course options include herb-crusted duck breast and slow-braised veal cheek.