If he was blown away by a $5 milkshake, imagine how Vincent Vega would react to a $225 tasting menu. I can almost hear John Travolta’s character from 1994’s “Pulp Fiction”: “House smoked sturgeon in a glass dome with caviar tastes gooood.”
It should, because it was prepared by one of the best chefs in the world, at the best restaurant in America, according to the latest list of the top 50 restaurants compiled by an international panel of experts. The list, which came out earlier this week, is dominated by European restaurants. Only six American eateries made the cut, including Eleven Madison Park, which led the American contingent at No. 5, with chef Daniel Humm taking home this year’s Chef’s Choice Award.
Two restaurants by American chef Thomas Keller are featured: at No. 50, The French Laundry, his landmark Napa Valley bistro, and at No. 40, New York’s Per Se. Also in New York, Le Bernardin grabbed the No. 18 spot, Chicago’s Alinea came in at No. 26, and the Hudson River Valley’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns was No. 49.
The panel of 972 judges are food journalists and chefs from around the world. Each judge casts seven votes for their “favorite restaurants that they have dined in during the last 18 months.”
Before you make your reservations, take a quick tour of the Top 10 restaurants and see how much a typical tasting menu will set you back.
See the full list here.
10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand, $74
9. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil, $168
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, $202
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, $307
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain, $207
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, $225
4. Central, Lima, Peru, $123
3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark, $256
2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy, $191
1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain, $186
All prices converted into U.S. dollars at this week’s rates.
Vanessa Dennis and Colleen Shalby contributed to this report.