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Survey: NYC dominates nation's 10 best restaurants

Le Bernadin in Manhattan. (Feb. 20, 2013).

Le Bernadin in Manhattan. (Feb. 20, 2013). Credit: Charles Eckert

New York is the unofficial culinary capital of the United States, with six of the country's 10 best restaurants calling the Big Apple home, according to a new survey.

In its list of the nation's top 101 restaurants, has the Gramercy Tavern at No. 2, the highest position for a New York City spot.

Following were three more Manhattan eateries: Le Bernardin at No. 3, Momofuku Ssäm Bar at No. 4 and Eleven Madison Park. The top spot in the country was The French Laundry in California.

New York, with 26 restaurants on the list, "is still considered by most chefs the ultimate proving ground of their talents and their ability to run a restaurant," said Colman Andrews, editorial director of The Daily Meal.

Andrews added that Gramercy Tavern had rightfully earned his high spot on the list, saying "it's good as it's ever been."

But it wasn't just the city's elite, priciest restaurants that claimed top honors: Burger joint Shake Shack came in at No. 11, ahead of Per Se, Jean Georges and Daniel.

The website's editors and about 175 judges came up with a first cut of restaurants. They then voted on the final list, based on cuisine, region and other factors such as social buzz and prices.


With Reuters

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