Food & Drink
United States: Top 10 Exclusive Restaurants
The United States of America may be Fast Food Nation and the land of Super Size Me but, on the other side of the continuum, the country that gave us the Double Down and Baconator has a spectacular brigade of fertile culinary minds.
These pantry pioneers, from Alice Waters to Dan Barber to Sean Brock, have led vital, transformative movements as a kind of pushback in the face of industrial farms and GMO multinationals: think key concepts like organic, farm to table, sustainable, heirloom seeds and heritage breeds.
As a result, from Palo Alto to Westchester, diners sup with a lot more purpose and mindfulness than they did a few short decades ago. As the most exclusive tables in America prove, a memorable restaurant experience is much more than a repast. It is theatre and, indeed, performance art.
Dessert at Eleven Madison Park – Photo credit
155 West 51st Street, New York
Impeccable service and the genius of Chef Eric Ripert and pastry chef Michael Laiskonis make Le Bernardin a New York must when budget is no object.
Where to stay: Sheraton Hotel Towers New York
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue, New York
Swiss master Daniel Humm plates pure art and operates the most inventive menu in New York at Eleven Madison Park.
Where to stay: Hotel Giraffe New York City
10 Columbus Circle, New York
The “urban French Laundry” is a dynamic, emphatic force on the Big Apple culinaryscape.
Where to stay: Empire Hotel New York
10 Columbus Circle, New York
A drink can cost close to $30 and figure over $1,000 for the obligatory omakase for two. Entirely worth every red cent, of course.
Where to stay: Jumeirah Essex House New York
60 East 65th Street, New York
The eponymous restaurant of Lyon native Daniel Boulud has three Michelin stars.
Where to stay: Plaza Athenee Hotel New York
1816 North Clark Street, Chicago
Grant Achatz, the Ferran Adrià of Chicago, is the virtuoso in command of one of the most provocative restaurants on the planet and Next, a new star on the Windy City scene.
Where to stay: Hotel Lincoln Chicago
The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville
Arguably the best and most influential restaurant (Chez Panisse aside) in the culinary history of America.
Where to stay: Bardessono Hotel Napa Valley
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos
Chef-Proprietor David Kinch culls from the bounty of California to deliver gustatory glee in the Bay Area.
Where to stay: San Francisco City Guide
1104 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica
Chef Josiah Citrin is at the helm of Mélisse, a gorgeous two Michelin star gem in Santa Monica.
Where to stay: Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows Santa Monica
Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas
The Michelin star man himself, Joël Robuchon, runs the only three star temple in Las Vegas. Claude Le Tohic is Executive Chef.
Where to stay: MGM Grand Hotel Casino Las Vegas