The World's 50 Best Restaurants List Is Out. How Many NYC Spots Made It?

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The World's 50 Best Restaurants List Is Out. How Many NYC Spots Made It?
The World's 50 Best Restaurants List Is Out. How Many NYC Spots Made It?

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Restaurant magazine just unleashed its definitive list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2014. Compiling the opinions/votes of roughly 900 international industry experts (members of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, who wonder why you're not using their credit card), the mag has maybe the most simplistic voting guidelines of any voting thing, ever: "There is no criteria that a restaurant has to meet. They certainly do not have to sell a certain product. They do not need to have been open a certain number of years and they do not need to have won any other culinary accolades."

So, which of our fair city's restaurants made the top 50 list? Check it out:

No. 4: Eleven Madison Park
No. 21: Le Bernardin
No. 30: Per Se
No. 40: Daniel

Oh, and in case you were wondering who just missed out on the 50 Best, they have an extended list too. Here's who didn't (but did) make the cut:

No. 64: momofuku ssäm bar
No. 68: NoMad
No. 70Momofuku Ko
No. 93: Marea
No. 98: Jean Georges

See which non-NYC places snagged a coveted spot by checking out the entire list, here.

Julie Cerick is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist and is wondering why ABC Kitchen isn't on the list, for their squash toast alone. Let her know why on Twitter.

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1. Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

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.

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2. Le Bernardin 155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

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.

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3. Daniel 60 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065 (Upper East Side)

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.

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4. Per Se 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 (Hells Kitchen)

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.

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5. Momofuku Ssäm Bar 207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

None of David Chang's Momofuku outposts so seamlessly meshes refined cooking with an egalitarian attitude as Ssam Bar.

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6. Marea 240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10023 (Midtown West)

Michael White’s seafood-centric destination off Central Park aims to impress with its elegant interior and high-end Italian ingredients. The house-made pastas will have you coming back for more, like the fusilli with red wine-braised octopus and bone marrow, an elevated homage to surf-n-turf with baby octopus braised in red wine and buttery Pat LaFrieda marrow.

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7. Jean-Georges 1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023 (Midtown)

There are plenty of fine dining opportunities in New York City, but none of them can compare to Jean-Georges. Since its opening to critical acclaim in 1997, Jean-Georges has been known for its beautifully crafted dishes that blend French, American, and Asian cultural influences. The menu here changes seasonally and is created with locally sourced ingredients to ensure that every visitor can enjoy a truly exceptional meal.

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8. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 (Nomad)

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.