NEW YORK -- Iridium sounds like some kind of exotic mineral -- which it is. But in New York, the word has another meaning, too: It's the hot new restaurant on the Upper West Side that's as notable for its space-age look -- which includes a rainbow of funky furnishings -- as it is for its food.

Executive chef John DiLeo -- a talent who has cooked all over town, most recently at SoHo's Zoe -- has developed a menu with an eclectic mix. Combining Asian, French and Southwestern influences, it features such appetizers as salads of stone-oven-roasted quail or Muscovy duck breast with wheatberries. The main course choices include smoked and seared diver sea scallops and roast loin of veal with lemon pasta. Dinner for two at Iridium, excluding drinks and tip, runs about $70.

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