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2007 Gayot Restaurant Issue

Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. - 2007



Plat du jour

For Starters
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

The Gayots welcome you to their Annual Restaurant Issue and explain its raison d'etre. We detail what it takes for a restaurant to make our Top 40 list and describe the greatest culinary trends of the last twelve months.


Premier Palate Pleasers
TOP 40 RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.

In our 40-plus years of writing about dining, during which we helped coin the phrase "Nouvelle Cuisine," we have compiled one of the largest restaurant review databases in the world. We are proud to present our esteemed list of the top 40 restaurants in the country.

Le Bernardin


Central Michel Richard

Rookies of the Year
TOP 10 NEW RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.

At GAYOT.com, we take pride in bringing you up-to-the-moment news about restaurant openings and reviewing them as soon as we can to let you know if they're worth your time and money. These ten restaurants, which all opened within the last twelve months, represent the best of the freshman class.


Well-Done
TOP 10 STEAKHOUSES IN THE U.S.

Steak aficionados may disagree on how they like their meat, but true "meatheads" should find happiness at any of these restaurants. Despite the wide range of styles, from Brookyln's old-school Peter Luger to Beverly Hills' ultra-modern CUT, the quality throughout our list is always prime.

A steak from Pappas Bros. Steakhouse


Khanh Tran and one of her desserts

Sweet Success
TOP 5 PASTRY CHEFS

There are two kinds of diners in this world—"dessert people" and those of us who have yet to try the creations of these Sultans of Sweet. When one of them is in the kitchen, it's a no-brainer to stick around for the last course.



Young Up-and-Comers
RISING CHEFS

You may not know who they are, but you'll want to after tasting their creations. The culinary skills of our five rising stars belie their tender years. In the future, we won't be surprised to see their work touted on our list of the Top 40 restaurants in the U.S.

Kris Morningstar

Chefs preparing a meal

Simply the Best
BEST RESTAURANT LISTS

Whether you're looking for the most succulent seafood or the hottest barbecue, we've tried to make your decision easier by compiling lists of the best places to dine in your area. So count on us when you need to know where to go for the most romantic dinner, best buffet and more.



Tallying the Toques
FOOD RATINGS

A toque is a chef's hat—a symbol of what they do best. To us, it's our way of organizing our food ratings to provide you with a quick reference for each of the many markets we cover around the world. If your favorites didn't make our Top 40 list, you can see how they fared. Keep in mind that our 20-point rating scale focuses on the quality of the food.

Eggplant and goat cheese salad





Sophie Gayot and a group of chefs

What's Cooking?
RESTAURANT NEWS & EVENTS

Want to be the first to learn about new restaurants opening or chefs on the move? Tired of hearing about great events after the fact? The restaurant world is ever-changing, and GAYOT.com is ever-vigilant. Peruse our news and mark your culinary calendar with our events!


And much, much more!
THE PANTRY

 
Food Rating System
Explained...

Dining Themes
Thanksgiving, brunch & more

Features
Learn more about chefs

Food & Wine Pairing
Which wine to pour

Gourmet Foods
The good things in life
Food Terms
Parlez-vous shabu shabu?

Cookbooks
How to do it yourself!

Wine Dinners & Tastings
Eat, drink and be social!

Top Wines and More
Best vintages

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