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2006
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 their Top 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.

There 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.

Thomas 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.)

The 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.

Some 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.

The 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 dining.


New in The Restaurant Issue 2006:

The 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).
10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. which honors notable newcomers from coast to coast.
10 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 Steakhouses).

Explanation of GAYOT.com’s restaurant ratings:

The 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 each review.
Rating of 19/20
Exceptional
Ratings of 17/20 & 18/20
Excellent
Ratings of 15/20 & 16/20
Very Good
Ratings of 13/20 & 14/20
Good
Ratings of 10/20, 11/20 & 12/20
Average
Rating of Quick Bites
Quick Meal
No Rating
Not rated because restaurant is new or undergoing changes

André Gayot—who with his friends Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term "Nouvelle Cuisine" in the early '70s—has been directing sophisticated travelers to the world's best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. His expertise provided a foundation for the publication of the Gayot guides in the United States beginning in 1981. Today, André Gayot carries on the legacy with his two children, Alain and Sophie.


OCTOBER 2006

ATLANTA
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Seeger's

BOSTON
-
L'Espalier

CHICAGO
- Alinea
- Charlie Trotter's
- Everest
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Le Français
- TRU

HEALDSBURG, CA
- Cyrus

LAGUNA BEACH, CA
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Studio

LAS VEGAS
- Alex
- Joël Robuchon Restaurant
- Picasso
- Restaurant Guy Savoy

LOS ANGELES
- The Dining Room
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Mélisse
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Patina
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Providence
- Spago Beverly Hills
- Urasawa

LOS GATOS, CA
- Manresa

NEW ORLEANS
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Restaurant August

NEW YORK
- Alain Ducasse
- Daniel
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Eleven Madison Park
- Jean Georges
- Le Bernardin
- Masa
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The Modern

PHILADELPHIA
- Vetri

SAN ANTONIO
-
Le Rêve

SAN FRANCISCO
- The Dining Room
- Fleur de Lys
- Gary Danko
- Michael Mina

SCOTTSDALE
- Mary Elaine's

SEATTLE
- The Herbfarm

WASHINGTON, D.C.
- CityZen
- Michel Richard
Citronelle

WASHINGTON, VA
- The Inn at Little
Washington

YOUNTVILLE, CA
- The French Laundry


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