The 50 Best Restaurants in the World

The new list of the 50 best restaurants in the world was released today. You can view it here.

Only 8 are in the United States.

How many have you eaten in? I've only eaten in five, one in London, two in Paris, one each in New York and Chicago.

The one I'd most like to try: Bukhara, in New Delhi, which won as best restaurant in Asia. In the U.S., I'd like to eat at French Laundry in California.

Can you tell I'm writing this just before dinner?

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    How come... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by desertswine on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 10:12:58 AM EST
    I didn't see Dave's Chili Palace on that list?

    Best Restaurants (none / 0) (#1)
    by Angel on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 06:29:10 PM EST
    I've been to 4: French Laundry, Jean Georges, Le Bernadin, and Daniel.  Scheduled to eat at Charlie Trotters in June for an event at which he'll host!  Aren't we lucky?

    French Laundry (none / 0) (#2)
    by Patrick on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 06:42:35 PM EST
    Bring your American Express....Yikes.  $750 for lunch with my wife, but the food was outstanding.  They only take reservations 2 month in advance to the day, unless you know someone.  

    Damn!!!.... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 07:23:07 PM EST
    for a $325 lunch, I'd want orgasmic, not just outstanding:)

    In Yountville... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Patrick on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 06:43:09 PM EST
    I think there's one in NYC as well.  

    YIKES (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jen M on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 07:25:13 PM EST
    750$?  That must have been one special celebration!

    Man oh man (none / 0) (#4)
    by Che's Lounge on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 07:20:23 PM EST
    Marx would have had a field day with this post.

    I better shut up now.

    I was thinking that... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 07:35:18 PM EST
    but remembered I should not be one to criticize...I've bet 3 hundo on the turn of a card, or spent it on a bag of green.  Marx would have a field day with me too:)

    We all value different things, I won't knock somebody an expensive taste in food.  Ya can't take it with you....I'd rather see it spent than hoarded.


    I felt guilty even.... (none / 0) (#13)
    by dutchfox on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 07:13:45 AM EST
    reading this post. But I like to cook and eat and share my talent in the kitchen.

    London restaurants for me (none / 0) (#7)
    by dutchfox on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 07:27:22 PM EST
    I've been fortunate to lunch Le Gavroche and the River Café when I lived in London.

    5, but this is decadent. And it leaves (none / 0) (#9)
    by jpete on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 11:20:27 PM EST
    out all of Asia. Jean-Georges' VONG in  Hong Kong is supposed to be his best.

    There's a Jean-Georges restaurant here in Houston, called "Bank".  It's great.

    Vong in London (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Apr 23, 2007 at 11:38:18 PM EST
    I've eaten at Vong in London and it was fabulous.

    Food or Circus (none / 0) (#11)
    by koshembos on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 02:06:41 AM EST
    Had my share of Trotters and Nobus and find the food exceptional. Yet, lunch and dinner should not be a visit to a circus with acrobats of exceptional elegance.

    When in other countries, I tend to eat where the locals eat; the food is excellent and cheap. I'll have a grilled whole fish instead of Charlie Trotter's fancy fish every day of the week.

    The fish dish in a small Portuguese village, last month, was 4 Euro and bits the fish dish I had at Milos in NY that costs $100 with no side order.

    Just the one (none / 0) (#12)
    by HK on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 04:13:01 AM EST
    The only one on the list I've eaten in is Chez Panisse in California.  A low-key dining experience with sensational food.  The waiting on staff were efficient and friendly.  I would heartily recommend it.  You can only book a month in advance and you need to get on the phone the day the date you want becomes eligible for booking.  And the price tag was much more reasonable than others mentioned in the list.  My sister and I have 3 courses with non-alcoholic drinks in the cafe upstairs (which was more like a casual restaurant than a cafe) 18 months ago and it came in total to about $130.  Check out the menus online and go if you have the chance.

    Even just reading the menus makes this atheist feel as if she's died and gone to Heaven!

    Zip (none / 0) (#15)
    by eric on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 11:02:02 AM EST

    One (none / 0) (#16)
    by Deconstructionist on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 11:40:16 AM EST
     .. and as an occasional extravagance eating in  extremely expensive restaurants is a nice change of pace for a special occasion.

      But, I tend to agree that you are paying mostly  for something other than food and I generally am more interested in the food than the "experience."

      I also have simple tastes and prefer food simply prepared. If you have the best ingredients you don't really need fancy surroundings and presentation to make a great meal, and sometimes I consider it  a "waste" of good ingredients to over-prepare them

     I agree that some  of the best meals I have had have been at home or at far from "elite" restaurants.

    Zed. (none / 0) (#17)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 12:20:27 PM EST
    But ultra-fine dining's pretty far down on my list of "gotta haves."