French Laundry Tops Ranking of Best Restaurants in U.S.

The French Laundry in Yountville, California, is the finest restaurant in the U.S., followed by Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernardin in New York, according to a survey by The Daily Meal.

The website editors, headed by the food writer Colman Andrews, got together with 174 judges and came up with a shortlist. They then voted, based on cuisine, region and factors such as the level of formality and buzz and the prices.

“To be exceedingly fair, the ranking gives equal weight to highbrow eateries like The French Laundry and less expensive institutions like Shake Shack in New York,” the editors said in an e-mailed release. “If it’s good food, it’s fair game.”

Like all lists, this one is subjective. The fact that 10 of the first 13 establishments are in New York may raise a few eyebrows. I wasn’t a voter and have no connection with the website. (I interviewed Andrews once in 2010, along with El Bulli’s chef, Ferran Adria, whose biography he wrote.)

Here are the 101 Best Restaurants in America, according to The Daily Meal:

1.  The French Laundry, Yountville, California
2.  Gramercy Tavern, New York
3.  Le Bernardin, New York
4.  Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York
5.  Eleven Madison Park, New York
6.  Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
7.  ABC Kitchen, New York
8.  Babbo, New York, New York
9.  Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
10. Cochon, New Orleans, Louisiana
11. Shake Shack, New York
12. Jean Georges, New York
13. Daniel, New York
14. Alinea, Chicago, Illinois
15. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California
16. Del Posto, New York
17. Per Se, New York
18. Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, Louisiana
19. Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, California
20. Animal, Los Angeles, California
21. Gotham Bar & Grill, New York, New York
22. Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
23. Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, California
24. Husk, Charleston, South Carolina
25. Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada
26. Franklin BBQ, Austin, Texas
27. Mission Chinese, San Francisco, California
28. August, New Orleans, Louisiana
29. Masa, New York
30. Bar Tartine, San Francisco, California
31. Marea, New York
32. WD-50, New York
33. Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
34. Beast, Portland, Oregon.
35. The Publican, Chicago, Illinois
36. Ippudo, New York
37. Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia
38. Blackbird, Chicago, Illinois
39. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Connecticut
40. Galatoire’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
41. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, New York
42. La Taqueria, San Francisco, California
43. Bazaar, Los Angeles, California
44. Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York
45. Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, Nevada
46. Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
47. Xi’An Famous Foods, Queens, New York
48. Di Fara, Brooklyn, New York
49. Spago, Los Angeles, California
50. Next, Chicago, Illinois
51. Cut, Los Angeles, California
52. Coi, San Francisco, California
53. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, New York
54. Quince, San Francisco, California
55. FIG, Charleston, South Carolina
56. Michael Mina, San Francisco, California
57. E by Jose Andres, Las Vegas, Nevada
58. Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colorado
59. NoMad, New York
60. Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, Florida
61. Alan Wong’s, Honolulu, Hawaii
62. O Ya, Boston, Massachusetts
63. Clio, Boston, Massachusetts
64. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, California
65. Komi, Washington, D.C.
66. Craigie on Main, Cambridge, Massachusetts
67. TRU, Chicago, Illinois
68. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami, Florida
69. McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
70. Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami, Florida
71. Kreuz Market, Lockhart, Texas
72. Lucques, Los Angeles, California
73. Le Pigeon, Portland, Oregon
74. SriPraPhai, Queens, New York
75. Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina
76. Zahav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
77. Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Arizona
78. Al Di La, Brooklyn, New York
79. City Grocery, Oxford, Mississippi
80. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
81. Fore Street, Portland, Maine
82. Michael’s Genuine, Miami, Florida
83. Jaleo, Las Vegas, Nevada
84. Al Forno, Providence, Rhode Island
85. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas, Nevada
86. Dahlia Lounge, Seattle, Wash.
87. The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
88. Canlis, Seattle, Washington
89. Congress, Austin, Texas
90. Underbelly, Houston, Texas
91. Catbird Seat, Nashville, Tenn.
92. Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, Texas
93. Sushi Yasuda, New York
94. Fearing’s, Dallas, Texas
95. Minibar, Washington, D.C.
96. The Four Seasons, New York
97. Benu, San Francisco, California
98. Stella!, New Orleans, Louisiana
99. Providence, Los Angeles, California
100. Rasika, Washington, D.C.
101. Lola, Cleveland, Ohio

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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