Food & Drink

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

Published On 04/28/2014 Published On 04/28/2014
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1. Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

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

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

Per Se, looming over Columbus Circle since 2004, has grown to become synonymous with haute French-American fine dining. It’s all one would expect from Chef Thomas Keller, the man responsible for internationally lauded French Laundry —widely considered to be America’s best restaurant. In the most formal of dining rooms, a straight-laced and buttoned-up staff serve refined and extravagantly plated (and priced) nine-course contemporary tasting menus that entice the eye as much as the palate. No single dish has elicited more gasps of delight than his signature starter: warm oysters and a scoop of caviar in a savory tapioca pudding. In the time since its peak, critical applause has wained somewhat, but Per Se remains emblematic of haute, and costly, dining in the city, nonetheless.

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5. Momofuku Ssäm Bar 207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

The word Ssäm refers to a Korean dish of wrapped meat, much like a burrito. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, David Chang’s no-reservations, East Village restaurant centers around Ssäm and similar Korean street food, with a heavy focus on pork and offal. (Vegetarians, tread lightly: the menu states that meatless options are available upon request, but that’s really what you're here for.) From the daily changing menu, staples that should be ordered without question include pork buns (a few, at least), kimchee (obviously), fried Brussels sprouts, cured country hams, and Ssäm, which is only available in large-format at dinner. Aside from a shorter table wait, lunch service offers individual Ssäm options like rotisserie duck, pork shoulder, and beef brisket. Always order extra pancakes.

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6. Marea 240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10023

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

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

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.