The results are in, and it looks like we're making America great again. At least, when it comes to our dining scene. The annual (and controversial) World's 50 Best Restaurants list was just announced, and New York City's Eleven Madison Park grabbed the #1 spot.
The last time a U.S. restaurant was ranked #1 was in 2004, when Thomas Keller's The French Laundry topped the list.
Eleven Madison Park, co-owned by chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara, was awarded the third spot last year. The much-lauded restaurant is famous for its elaborate tasting menus, top-notch service, and imposingly elegant interior (it's located in an historic Art Deco skyscraper).
On a slightly different note, it's also known as the restaurant where Australian billionaire James Packer proposed to Mariah Carey with a 35-carat diamond ring in 2016. And we all know Mariah demands only the best. (And we also know how that engagement turned out...)
Five more U.S. restaurants made the top 50: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York (#11); Le Bernardin in NYC (#17); Alinea in Chicago (#21); Saison in San Francisco (#37); and Cosme in NYC (#40).
And another American (by way of France) nabbed top honors in the list: Dominique Ansel, infamous creator of the Cronut, the Cookie Shot, and so much more sweet madness, was named Best Pastry Chef for his work at his NYC bakery.
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