The highly-anticipated and definitive list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants of 2015 was just revealed Monday night, declaring the very best restaurants on the planet -- from Copenhagen, Denmark to São Paulo, Brazil to our beloved New York City. In fact, three NYC restaurants made the coveted list -- down from four last year (damn) -- and you've probably heard of them... because they're the same:
Compared with last year's list, Le Bernardin climbed three spots, but Eleven Madison Park dropped one, and Per Se dropped by a whole 10. That's still pretty great, though. Additionally, five NYC restaurants just missed the top 50 list, but are still honored on the extended 51-100 list:
Overall, NYC tied with Lima, Peru and Mexico City for having the second-most restaurants on the list, with three each. Paris, however, had the most, with four. As for the world's No. 1 best restaurant? That title goes to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Check out the full list here.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and has only been to one of these three restaurants, and it was pretty good. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.
1. Eleven Madison Park11 Madison Ave, New York
2. Le Bernardin155 W 51st St, New York
3. Per Se10 Columbus Circle, New York
4. The NoMad1170 Broadway, New York
5. Momofuku Ko8 Extra Pl, New York
6. Daniel60 E 65th St, New York
7. Estela47 E Houston St, New York
8. Masa10 Columbus Circle, New York
There is no shortage of fine dining in New York City, but you'll be hard pressed to find any place better than Eleven Madison Park to splurge on a fancy meal. The sophisticated 7-9 course seasonal tasting menu features all local ingredients, with creative plays on modern American cuisine. As if the meal wasn't impressive enough on it's own, EMP also offers an unbeatable view of Madison Square Park.
Le Bernardin is the Meryl Streep of the New York restaurant scene. It has all the necessary accolades for being the best (three Michelin stars, seven James Beard awards), and other restaurants don’t even try to compete with it. Chef Eric Ripert has mastered the art of seafood in the form of a caviar-heavy prix fixe menu that tastes best with the optional wine pairing. Add white tablecloths and five-star service, and you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime dinner.
Thomas Keller's French-American institution above Columbus Circle is an emblem of haute dining in New York and the entire country. The nine-course tasting menu features Keller's signature starter of oysters, caviar, and tapioca pearls, plus general culinary masterpieces. There's a BYO option to bring wine that isn't available on the menu.
Housed in a historic arts building, The NoMad hotel is a stylish, Parisian-inspired luxury hotel with hardwood floors and handmade rugs. Inside the hotel is a bi-level library, an opulent lounge with a mahogany bar, and an upscale restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel is the much-lauded NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St), serving refined cocktails and upscale pub fare in a hip, lively space.
The fanciest and hardest-to-get table in the Momofuku empire is tasting menu-ing it up in a larger space in Extra Place alley.
Daniel is lauded Chef Daniel Boulud's renowned restaurant on the Upper East Side, serving seasonal French cuisine with a side of elegant ambiance. Expect to pair world-class wines with a number of unique dishes, or grab a cocktail and late-night dessert at the swank bar/lounge. A popular location for weddings and rehearsal dinners, Daniel is a great place to bring a date when you have a little extra cash to spend.
From sommelier Thomas Carter, Chef Ignacio Mattos (formerly of Isa), and Mark Connell (Botanica), Estela is a tiny Houston St walk-up focusing on carefully constructed small plates like burrata with radishes, raw scallops with fennel, and beef tartare. Part-bar, part-restaurant, Estela is also known for a serious wine list.
If you'd like to see what makes a meal worth most people's monthly rent, head to Masa. Masayoshi Takayama, chef and owner of this New York City sushi standard, manifests perfection in fresh fish dishes prepared with hyper-conscious attention to flavor interactions and plating techniques. Posted up in the Time Warner Center, you'll forget the bustle of Columbus Circle and the mall crowd below as you indulge on delicate nigiri and mackerel of the highest echelon.