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1. Le Bernardin Chef Eric Ripert of Le (Credit: AP )

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)

Top 5 Zagat-rated NYC restaurants for 2012

According to the 2012 Zagat NYC Restaurant Survey, the restaurants with the most impressive food ratings this year remain pretty much the same as last year -- with a slight reshuffling. Here are the top five.

1. Le Bernardin Chef Eric Ripert of Le
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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)

2. Daniel (French cuisine from chef Daniel Boulud,
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2. Daniel (French cuisine from chef Daniel Boulud, last year #2)

French chef Daniel Boulud at the entrance at his flagship restaurant "Daniel" in New York. (Oct. 27, 2009)

3. Per Se (French-American cuisine by chef Thomas
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3. Per Se (French-American cuisine by chef Thomas Keller, last year #3)

Chef Thomas Keller, center, checks out preparations in the Per Se kitchen at the Time Warner Center. (Feb. 5, 2004)

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4. Bouley (Chef David Bouley's French cuisine, last
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4. Bouley (Chef David Bouley's French cuisine, last year No. 9)

Chef David Bouley teaches a class during the New York Culinary Experience hosted by New York magazine and The French Culinary Institute at The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. (Oct. 2, 2010)

5. Jean Georges (more French cuisine from chef
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5. Jean Georges (more French cuisine from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, last year #5)

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten with a savory mashed potato selection. (Nov. 2, 2000)

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