Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.
which has converted the content of its award-winning
restaurant guidebooks into an online comprehensive
and complimentary restaurant database, has selected
40 Restaurants in the U.S. as part of
their annual Restaurant
Issue for 2006. Unlike other publications,
which simply compile surveys of diners, GAYOT.com’s
professional critics visit thousands of restaurants
annually to update their ratings and informative reviews.
are twelve changes from last
year’s list. Seeger’s in
Atlanta, despite recent difficulties, made the cut.
Some new entries in the exclusive Top 40 club are
also new to the dining scene such as Restaurant Guy
Savoy in Las Vegas, Providence in Los Angeles and
The Modern in New York. Others like Mélisse
in Santa Monica and Restaurant August in New Orleans
represent long term efforts paying off. The remaining
six are Cyrus in Healdsburg, Eleven Madison Park in
New York, Le Français in Chicago, Le Rêve
in San Antonio, Studio in Laguna Beach and Urasawa
in Beverly Hills.
Keller is the only chef ever to obtain the
highest possible rating (19/20, which is 19 on a 20-point
scale) at two restaurants simultaneously: The French
Laundry in Yountville, CA, and Per Se in New York.
(GAYOT.com’s ratings explained below.)
other restaurants earning the highest possible (19/20)
rating are Daniel in New York, Joël
Robuchon Restaurant in Las Vegas and Michel Richard
Citronelle in Washington, D.C. Three former 19/20
rated restaurants, Alain Ducasse in New York, Jean
Georges in New York and The Inn at Little Washington
in Washington, VA, have each lost a point and are
now rated at 18/20, along with sixteen other restaurants.
other notable rating changes in the Top 40
Restaurants in the U.S.:
CityZen in Washington, D.C. and Gary Danko in San
Francisco went up from 17/20 to 18/20, while Eleven
Madison Park in New York, Mélisse in Santa
Monica, Providence in Los Angeles and Studio in Laguna
Beach went up from 16/20 to 17/20.
Newsletter includes profiles of each of the 40 restaurants and their chefs, as
well as five Rising
Chefs, all aged 30 and under, whom we
feel will make an impact on the future of American
in The Restaurant Issue 2006:
Letter from the Editors explains how
the (sometimes difficult) choices were made, and details
current dining trends (including small plates, the
hamburger revolution and more Americans as top chefs).
Best New Restaurants in the U.S. which
honors notable newcomers from coast to coast.
Best Steakhouses in the U.S. Wolfgang
Puck’s first steakhouse, CUT in Beverly Hills,
is making such an impact that it has been selected
for both of the above 10 Best compilations. Puck is
the only chef to be on the three lists with Spago
(Top 40) and CUT (10 Best New Restaurants, 10 Best
of GAYOT.com’s restaurant ratings:
highest possible rating is 19 out of 20 [19/20],
as a perfect 20/20 is never awarded, and the
lowest awarded is 10/20. The rankings
reflect only our opinion of the food. Other factors, such as the décor, service,
ambience and wine list are commented upon within
Rating of 19/20
Ratings of 17/20 & 18/20
Ratings of 15/20 & 16/20
Ratings of 13/20 & 14/20
of 10/20, 11/20 & 12/20
of Quick Bites
rated because restaurant is new or undergoing
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