New York Dominates List of Top 101 American Restaurants

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 20, 2013 Last Updated: February 21, 2013
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Featured chef Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin attends the New York Taste Event on Nov. 1, 2010 in New York City. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Featured chef Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin attends the New York Taste Event on Nov. 1, 2010 in New York City. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—No surprise here: New York City has six of the top ten restaurants in the United States, but did not have the No. 1 restaurant in the country—that honor goes to a French restaurant in California’s wine country.

The list of the country’s top 101 restaurants was published by The Daily Meal, which carried out a survey of 174 judges, including include food critics, writers, and others.

The best restaurant named by the judges is the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., which was started by chef Thomas Keller in the late 1970s. It was also named the best restaurant in the U.S. in 2011. Last year’s top spot went to Manhattan’s Le Bernardin, which got third place in 2013.

Other top restaurants on the list were New York’s Gramercy Tavern on E. 20th Street in Manhattan, Momofuku Ssam Bar near E. 14th St. on 2nd Ave., and Eleven Madison Park near E. 24th Street on Madison Ave. 

“The quality and sheer diversity of menus and cuisines at the restaurants on this list and the hundreds of others that almost, but didn’t quite, make the cut demonstrate there are some really exciting cooks in America, chefs who are raising the bar to a level this country has never seen,” wrote Arthur Bovino, an editor with the Daily Meal.

Overall, New York City had the most eateries on the list with 27. The majority are located in Manhattan.

“We try hard to represent a wide geographical spread, but the fact is that there are “food towns” around the country—Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Portland (both Oregon and Maine), San Francisco, and a few others, including (grumble away) New York City—where many of the best restaurants seem to be congregated,” Bovino continued.

The San Francisco Bay Area had the second-most restaurants on the list.

Part of the reason for the large number of New York City and San Francisco restaurants getting top marks could be due to the sheer number of eateries. 

Last week, the National Restaurant Association released a report saying that Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-N.Y.) Congressional district has around 4,500 restaurants and Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) district was second with 3,310 eateries. Coming in third was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) district with 2,747 restaurants.

Here are The Daily Meal’s top 101 restaurants:

1. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
2. Gramercy Tavern, New York City
3. Le Bernardin, New York City
4. Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York City
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York City
6. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
7. ABC Kitchen, New York City
8. Babbo, New York City
9. Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Ill.
10. Cochon, New Orleans, La.
11. Shake Shack, New York City
12. Jean Georges, New York City
13. Daniel, New York City
14. Alinea, Chicago, Ill.
15. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Calif.
16. Del Posto, New York City
17. Per Se, New York City
18. Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, La.
19. Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, Calif.
20. Animal, Los Angeles, Calif.
21. Gotham Bar & Grill, New York City
22. Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif.
23. Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, Calif.
24. Husk, Charleston, S.C.
25. Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nev.
26. Franklin BBQ, Austin, Texas
27. Mission Chinese, San Francisco, Calif.
28. August, New Orleans, La.
29. Masa, New York, New York
30. Bar Tartine, San Francisco, Calif.
31. Marea, New York City
32. WD-50, New York City
33. Vetri, Philadelphia, Penn.
34. Beast, Portland, Ore.
35. The Publican, Chicago, Ill.
36. Ippudo, New York, New York
37. Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Va.
38. Blackbird, Chicago, Ill.
39. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Conn.
40. Galatoire’s, New Orleans, La.
41. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, New York City
42. La Taqueria, San Francisco, Calif.
43. Bazaar, Los Angeles, Calif.
44. Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York City
45. Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, Nev.
46. Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.
47. Xi’An Famous Foods, Queens, New York
48. Di Fara, Brooklyn, New York City
49. Spago, Los Angeles, Calif.
50. Next, Chicago, Ill.
51. Cut, Los Angeles, Calif.
52. Coi, San Francisco, Calif.
53. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, New York
54. Quince, San Francisco, Calif.
55. FIG, Charleston, S.C.
56. Michael Mina, San Francisco, Calif.
57. E by Jose Andres, Las Vegas, Nev.
58. Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.
59. NoMad, New York City
60. Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, Fla.
61. Alan Wong’s, Honolulu, Hawaii
62. O Ya, Boston, Mass.
63. Clio, Boston, Mass.
64. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, Calif.
65. Komi, Washington, D.C.
66. Craigie on Main, Cambridge, Mass.
67. TRU, Chicago, Ill.
68. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami, Fla.
69. McCrady’s, Charleston, S.C.
70. Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami, Fla.
71. Kreuz Market, Lockhart, Texas
72. Lucques, Los Angeles, Calif.
73. Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.
74. SriPraPhai, Queens, New York City
75. Hominy Grill, Charleston, S.C.
76. Zahav, Philadelphia, Penn.
77. Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Ariz.
78. Al Di La, Brooklyn, New York City
79. City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.
80. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
81. Fore Street, Portland, Maine
82. Michael’s Genuine, Miami, Fla.
83. Jaleo, Las Vegas, Nev.
84. Al Forno, Providence, R.I.
85. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas, Nev.
86. Dahlia Lounge, Seattle, Wash.
87. The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
88. Canlis, Seattle, Wash.
89. Congress, Austin, Texas
90. Underbelly, Houston, Texas
91. Catbird Seat, Nashville, Tenn.
92. Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, Texas
93. Sushi Yasuda, New York City
94. Fearing’s, Dallas, Texas
95. Minibar, Washington, D.C.
96. The Four Seasons, New York City
97. Benu, San Francisco, Calif.
98. Stella!, New Orleans, La.
99. Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.
100. Rasika, Washington, D.C.
101. Lola, Cleveland, Ohio

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  • Carlos De Souza

    Peter Luger doesn’t make the cut ?? :-) )


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