These Are The 14 Best Restaurants In America

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Restaurants magazine just announced this year’s picks for the best restaurants in the world and while Denmark’s Noma took the number one spot, the U.S. dominated the top 50, with eight winners in total.Of the top 100, 14 are in the U.S. The majority are in New York City, but Chicago and California both had winning restaurants as well.

#14 Chez Panisse

Berkeley, Calif.

Global ranking: 98

The restaurant, which opened in 1971, was named after honouré Panisse, a character from Marcel Pagnol's movies about life in Marseille.

The restaurant's seasonal menu changes every night.

Source: World's 50 Best

#13 Masa

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 90

The New York Times' Sam Sifton dubbed Masa 'the stupendously expensive sushi emporium in the Time Warner centre.'

In 2011, a meal at the restaurant came with a $450 price tag. But it might be worth it as Sifton called the food 'exceptional.'

Source: World's 50 Best

#12 Momofuku Ko

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 79

Momofuku Ko is the smallest (but most exclusive) of David Chang's Momofuku restaurants.

There is only room for 12 patrons at a time, and they sit at a kitchen counter and are served by the restaurant's chefs, who set a tasting menu for the night.

Dinner boasts 10 courses while lunch includes 16.

Source: World's 50 Best

#11 Blue Hill At Stone Barns

Westchester, N.Y.

Global ranking: 77

Stone Barns centre is actually a working four-season farm.

The restaurant doesn't offer menus. Rather, guests receive a list of ingredients obtained from the surrounding fields and markets.

Source: World's 50 Best

#10 Jean Georges

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 66

Jean Georges has won rave reviews from New York's top foodies. New York Magazine called the food 'astonishing creations' and claimed that 'nothing you encounter will fail to awe.'

Source: World's 50 Best

#9 Coi

San Francisco, Calif.

Global ranking: 58

Zagat gave the eatery top marks, claiming Chef Daniel Patterson 'leads you on a mind-bending culinary journey.'

And while 'not every dish works, overall the experience is a revelation.'

Source: World's 50 Best

#8 Manresa

Los Gatos, Calif.

Global ranking: 48

The menu changes frequently to showcase the products from nearby Love Apple Farms.

Patrons can either choose from a four-course menu or let chef David Kinch design a tasting menu for them.

Source: World's 50 Best

#7 The French Laundry

Yountville, Calif.

Global ranking: 43

The restaurant describes itself as a 'uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.'

Every day the team behind The French Laundry creates two unique nine-course tasting menus. The menus are a chef's tasting menu and a vegetable tasting.

Source: World's 50 Best

#6 Momofuku Ssam Bar

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 37

Yet another of David Chang's creations, Momofuku Ssam Bar 'is a casual, loud restaurant with an inventive menu that is constantly changing,' according to the restaurant's website.

The restaurant only accepts reservations if patrons want to order a group dinner: bo ssam pork shoulder or the whole-rotisserie duck.

Source: World's 50 Best

#5 Daniel

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 25

Chef Daniel Boulud's namesake restaurant focuses on the chef's upbringing in the French countryside. Daniel is Boulud's three Michelin star restaurant.

Source: World's 50 Best

#4 Le Bernardin

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 19

The restaurant's renovation didn't gain it any fans. Critics at New York Magazine bemoaned the addition of a lounge and lounge music.

Thankfully, the food remained as amazing as ever, New York Magazine happily reported.

Source: World's 50 Best

#3 Eleven Madison Park

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 10

Critics lauded the addition in 2006 of Daniel Humm as executive chef at the famed eatery. Humm added some exciting menu changes when he took the helm, including a suckling pig tasting menu.

Source: World's 50 Best

#2 Alinea

Chicago, Ill.

Global ranking: 7

Gourmet dubbed chef Grant Achatz 'a genius' and questioned whether Alinea was the greatest restaurant in the world.

The restaurant doesn't offer menus, instead it just chooses what patrons will eat.

Source: World's 50 Best

#1 Per Se

New York, N.Y.

Global ranking: 6

Thomas Keller's Per Se is the urban version of California's The French Laundry.

The restaurant is known as much for its decadent fare as it is for its unparalleled service and killer views of Central Park.

Source: World's 50 Best

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