New Yorkers, stand proud: Three of the city’s restaurants made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, announced yesterday. Which proves New York is the best city in which to eat in the whole world.
If we extend geographic boundaries to include Blue Hill Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York has a total of four entries on the list. That’s the same number as France — all of France — and one more than the peninsula of Italy. Japan has just two.
The list, first compiled in 2002 by London-based Restaurant magazine, is not without controversy, however. Some fair-minded people got together this year in protest. Occupy 50 Best argues the list is basically sexist, elitist, and the opposite of transparent in its voting methods.
Whether you buy into the drama or not, and no matter how seriously you want to take these rankings, it’s still a great time to be dining out in New York City.
Coming in at No. 5 is Eleven Madison Park (11 Madison Avenue; 212-889-0905), the top-ranking American restaurant on the list. OK, so it was No. 4 last year, but chef Daniel Humm picked up a Chef’s Choice Award too, which helps mitigate the drop.
Le Bernardin (155 West 51st Street; 212- 554-1515) climbed in the rankings, from No. 21 to No. 18. Celebrations are in order for Eric Ripert, if he’s not too cool to throw his hands in the air.
Per Se (10 Columbus Circle; 212-823-9335) dropped from No. 30 to No. 40, but stays on the list. Per Se’s ranking has tumbled in recent years; its high point came back in 2013, when it reached No. 11. But it still rates higher than Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, and bonus — you can actually get a table at Per Se, with a little forethought.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown; 914-366-9600), not quite within city limits, made its debut, sneaking right in at No. 49. Congratulations to chef Dan Barber.
On the longer list (it goes up to 100), last year’s No. 40, Daniel (60 East 65th Street, 212-288-0033), dropped down to No. 80, part of a general downtrend that saw Jean-Georges, Momofuku Ssäm, and Marea drop off the list altogether. Nomad (67), Momofuku Ko (69), and Masa (94) retained spots.
Newcomer Estela (47 East Houston Street; 212-219-7693) broke through big time at No. 90.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 2, 2015