NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Want to eat at the best restaurant in the United States?
Then you need to get to the only restaurant in the U.S. that made the top five on a list of the best places to eat in the world, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
It’s a New York City-based restaurant, once owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer. And it’s among five other American establishments that made this year’s top 50 list.
The annual ranking that, as its namesake says, ranks the best restaurants in the world from votes by nearly 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. The awards and the list are organized and compiled by William Reed Media and were presented Monday evening at an event in London.
6. The French Laundry
Cuisine: Modern French-American
Head to California’s Napa Valley to experience tried and true decadence with Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, which came in at No. 50 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
“Cult dishes such as salmon tartare cornet, oysters and pearls (a sabayon of pearl tapioca with oysters and white sturgeon caviar) or coffee and doughnuts remain firm favourites, but the daily changing nine-course tasting menus, including a vegetarian version, continue to evolve with ever-new creations,” the report said.
5. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
Cuisine: Conscious and ingredient-driven
Farm-to-table dining is at its best at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which ranked No. 49 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, its first time making it onto the list. The restaurant, located roughly 30 miles north of New York City and on a working four-season farm where co-owner and executive chef Dan Barber uses all of the farm’s “bounty” as well as other Hudson Valley-only sourced produce and is also “pushing his own boundaries by growing and cross-pollinating plants to create experimental cultivars.”
Don’t expect to find an actual menu at Blue Hill. Instead guests are offered a tasting menu called “Grazing, Pecking, Rooting” for as many courses as you want.
“Barber has a unique skill in bringing out the very essence of each element on the plate. Dishes are served informally yet ceremoniously, with table theatrics that form part of the restaurant’s educational mission. Before a fish course, for instance, you might be shown a video of its catch,” according to the report.
4. Per Se
New York, N.Y.
Cuisine: Contemporary French-American
Per Se, sister to the Thomas Keller-owned French Laundry, ranked No. 40 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Certainly not in the shadow of its West Coast sibling, Per Se has three Michelin stars of its own and has been on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since it opened in 2004.
“Keller’s signature dishes, such as oysters and pearls (a sabayon of pearl tapioca with oysters and caviar), are present and correct, but there is also plenty of innovation and creativity,” the report said. “Seasonal American ingredients are fully expressed in ever-evolving recipes that draw on classical French cuisine.”