Zagat 2013 NYC Survey: Mais oui, Le Bernardin again No. 1

1. Le BernardinChef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin 1. Le Bernardin

Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in his restaurant kitchen with a first course dish of Spanish mackerel tartare topped with Iranian golden osetra caviar in an egg-caper vinaigrette. (Dec. 7, 2000) Photo Credit: AP

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Once more, the French have planted their culinary flag atop the New York City restaurant scene at least according to the food ratings published in the 2013 Zagat Survey of New York City Restaurants. Hardly a revolution, though, this years burgundy book presents only a slight reshuffling of last years winners, all serving Gallic fare.

For the third year standing, Eric Ripert, chef-owner of Le Bernardin in midtown Manhattan, comes out as creme de la creme, his high-end French seafood restaurant once again claiming top food rating.

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Per Se, Thomas Kellers elegant and expensive French-New American spot in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, returns to second place, while Bouley, David Bouleys French TriBeCa restaurant, rises one notch to the No. 3 spot, trading places with Daniel, chef Daniel Bouluds New French East side restaurant, now claimant of the No. 4 position.

In 5th place is Eleven Madison Park, featuring the New French cuisine of chef Daniel Humm. It moves up a notch from last year, when it was in 6th place.


Above: Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin

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