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Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

CONTENTS

Letter from the Editors
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.

Rising Chefs
Food Ratings
Top 10 New Restaurants Across the Country

Top 10 Steakhouses Across the Country
Restaurant "Best of" Lists
Restaurant News & Events
The Pantry

Toujours Bubbles
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

The Gayots welcome you to the Annual Restaurant Issue, and explain its raison d'etre. We detail what it takes for a restaurant to be named to our Top 40 list, and how the restaurant world has changed since our 2005 list was published.

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.


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 Top 40 restaurants in the country.

Tallying the Toques
FOOD RATINGS

A toque is a chef’s hat that symbolizes what they do best. But 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.


Hot Newcomers
TOP 10 NEW RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

At GAYOT.com, we take pride in bringing you up-to-the-moment news about restaurant openings, and review 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 ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Steak aficionados may disagree on how they like their meat, whether adding sauce is encouraged, and which wine to wash it down with. But true "meatheads" should find happiness at any of the restaurants listed below. From Peter Luger's Brooklyn classic to Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills foray into the world of prime beef, here's GAYOT.com’s top ten.


Simply the Best
BEST OF LISTS

Whether you're looking for the most succulent seafood in your neighborhood, the coolest ice cream or hottest barbecue, we've tried to make your decision easier by compiling a plethora of Top 10 lists. So next time you wonder where to go for a romantic dinner or best buffet, consult our selections.



What's Cooking?
RESTAURANT NEWS & EVENTS

Want to be the first to learn of 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

Newsletters
Get plugged in



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