Six American restaurants cracked the top 50 of 2015, according to The Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy.
Yes, there is such an organization, composed of critics, chefs, restaurateurs and "well-travelled 'gastronomes,' " each with seven weighted votes. About 1,000 voters from 27 regions take part.
The much-publicized awards are sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, Veuve Clicquot and Lavazza, Diners Club International and more. They've been organized by William Reed Media since 2002.
No. 1: El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, which had the ranking in 2013. Seven Spanish restaurants made the list; France, five.
The American restaurants cited were New York's Eleven Madison Park (No. 5); Le Bernardin (No. 18); Per Se (No. 40); Blue Hill at Stone Barns (No. 49); Alinea in Chicago (No. 26), and The French Laundry in Yountville, California (No. 50).
Coming in second after El Celler de Can Roca was Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. No. 3 was Noma in Copenhagen, and No. 4, Central in Lima, Peru.
Let the arguments begin.