New York Restaurants in America’s Top 45

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With Hallmark Abstract Service being a New York-centric business we have been working under the assumption that New York City would likely have all 45 of the nation’s Top 45 restaurants within its borders!

And while that of course isn’t the case, NYC is very well represented including six in the Top 10!

And, if after you are done perusing the award winning eateries below you need a simpler place to eat after a real estate closing or for any other reason, you can narrow down your restaurant choices using the link in the HAS article here.

29. Gotham Bar & Grill

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Alfred Portale

Chef Portale’s Gotham Bar & Grill may have dropped 10 places since last year’s list, but it ranked high on The Daily Meal’s list and made an appearance on OpenTable’s ranking.

A New York fixture, Gotham, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, makes guests feel as if they’re dining in Paris, even when eating from the local Greenmarket prix fixe lunch menu.

27. Del Posto

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Mark Ladner

The Daily Meal and OpenTable both included Del Posto on their best-restaurant lists.

Chef Ladner’s menu is classically Italian, which makes sense given that it’s the love child of restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe and Lydia Bastianich. Intricate flavors of truffle and bee pollen help to balance the hearty courses, which you can sample for between $126 and $179 on the prix fixe menus.

22. Gramercy Tavern

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Michael Anthony

Since it opened in 1994, Gramercy Tavern has continued to rank high on New York City restaurant lists. This year it made The Daily Meal and OpenTable lists.

The restaurant can be enjoyed through two distinct dining experiences: à la carte in the tavern or fixed price in the dining room, which is either $102 (vegetarian) or $120 (non-veg).

19. Momofuku Ko

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Location: New York, New York

Chef: David Chang

The smallest outlet of the Momofuku empire, Momofuku Ko seats guests along a kitchen counter where they’re served a tasting menu devised by the chef and his aides-de-camp.

Ranked No. 70 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Ko joins Chang’s other restaurant, Ssäm Bar, on our list this year.

18. WD~50

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Wylie Dufresne

Located in a former bodega, WD~50 is known for its creative molecular gastronomy techniques, and has earned recognition from both The Daily Meal and the James Beard Foundation.

The prix fixe menu goes for $155 a person.

17. Marea

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Michael White

Marea shoots 10 spots up the list, after landing on The Daily Meal and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants lists.

This high-end Italian seafood restaurant draws influence from the four bodies of water that surround the Italian “boot.”

14. NoMad

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Daniel Humm

NoMad debuts on our list and scores recognition from The Daily Meal and The World’s 100 Best Restaurants.

Inspired by chef Humm’s time spent in Switzerland, California, and New York City, the restaurant is rooted in the same traditions found at his critically acclaimed Eleven Madison Park.

9. Jean-Georges

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Located in The Trump Hotel on Central Park West, the jewel of chef Vongerichten’s restaurant empire blends French, American, and Asian influences to craft a seasonal, ever-changing menu. It’s consistently awarded four stars by The Times and three Michelin stars.

Jean-Georges offers a three-course prix-fixe menu ($118) and two six-course tasting menus ($198): a traditional tasting of the chef’s signature dishes and a seasonal tasting featuring fresh market ingredients.

8. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Location: New York, New York

Chef: David Chang

A conversation about New York’s culinary scene is incomplete without name-dropping the city’s most unlikely superstar, David Chang. The restaurateur-rebel opened a cafeteria-style burrito bar in the East Village in 2006, which claims the No. 9 spot on The Daily Meal’s list of 101 Best Restaurants.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar specializes in ssäm, a Korean word that means “anything wrapped.” Country hams, raw bar items, and off-cuts are staples at the dinner table.

Expect to spend about $50 for dinner.

5. Daniel

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Daniel Boulud

Named No. 40 on The World’s Best Restaurants list, Chef Boulud’s eponymous restaurant grabbed the attention of The Daily Meal and OpenTable as well. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Daniel serves contemporary French cuisine inspired by the seasons and accompanied by world-class wines.

A three-course prixe fixe tasting menu for dinner starts at $125.

4. Per Se

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Location: New York, New York

Chef: Thomas Keller

For years, this three-star Michelin restaurant has ruled over the New York City restaurant scene as one of the most coveted dining experiences in town. The “urban interpretation” of chef Keller’s The French Laundry, Per Se garners acclaim from The Daily Meal, OpenTable, and The World’s 100 Best Restaurants.

The prix fixe menu costs $310 a person.

Earlier this year, Per Se’s “grade pending” rating floored the foodie community. After racking up enough points to earn it a “C” from the Department of Health, many called for the city’s restaurant-rating system to be revamped.

2. Eleven Madison Park

Location: New York, New York

Chef: Daniel Humm

Swiss-born chef Humm earned his first Michelin star at the age of 24, and brought his creative refined cuisine to this New York City restaurant.

Awarded four stars by The Times, three stars by Michelin, and the Five Diamond Award by AAA, Eleven Madison Park recently ditched its à la carte concept in favor of an elaborate prix fixe tasting extravaganza. The multicourse menu, which focuses on the agricultural offerings of New York, costs $225.

1. Le Bernardin

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Location: New York, New York

Chef: Eric Ripert

Le Bernardin‘s flagship location, in Paris, opened by sibling duo Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze more than 40 years ago, served only fish — fresh, simple, and prepared with respect. Today, chef Ripert cradles the Le Coze tradition of making fish “the star of the plate” at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernardin in Midtown Manhattan.

This high-end seafood restaurant earned the top spot on The Daily Meal’s list of 101 Best Restaurants in America and was ranked No. 22 by The World’s Best. It leapt three spots up our list from last year, thanks to a bump from OpenTable.

The chef’s tasting menu starts at $198 a person, and the Le Bernardin-branded tasting menu is a steal at $155.

The entire Top 45 can be seen at Business Insider here.


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