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Paris bistros,
New York restaurants, London pubs—culinary hot spots you can’t afford to miss.

Let’s face it:
we’re all in search of that next great meal. But walk down just about any block
in New York or Paris and you’re
confronted with seemingly endless options. How do you decide?

Sure, you can
whip out your iPhone and consult a slew of restaurant apps with screens and
screens of user reviews. But were they written by real customers or the
restaurants themselves? More important, if you’re planning a daylong urban
foodie tour, app-checking isn’t necessarily the most efficient way of culling
and assembling a can’t-miss itinerary.

That’s where we
come in. From a spectacular sashimi breakfast in Tokyo to a plate of
after-hours fish and chips in London, we’ve compiled
a list of some of the world’s top tables and scheduled hours of overindulgence.

So the next time
you visit New
York
, consider yourself one of the city’s in-the-know eaters. In the
morning, head straight to TriBeCa’s Locanda Verde for chef Andrew Carmellini’s dreamy breakfast menu (sheep’s-milk ricotta drizzled
with truffled honey; olive-oil coffee cake). At lunch, Midtown’s
Pêche
—the latest restaurant from the
city’s burgeoning Momofuku empire—is a must. Try the pork ribs in lemongrass
caramel or the tender skate with brown butter and pea shoots. And if you’re a
seafood addict with time for only one Big Apple dinner, look no further than Marea on Central
Park South: here, chef Michael White works his magic on frutti di mare, with jewel-like crudi and fusilli with red wine–braised octopus.

Fortunately,
culinary greatness doesn’t always come with an expensive price tag. In Barcelona’s Barri
Gòtic neighborhood, La
Plata
is a humble, tile-walled bodega that former El Bulli pastry chef
Albert Adrià considers one of the finest examples of classic Catalan cuisine.
Traditional dishes such as fried sardines or tomato-and-onion salad are sources
of inspiration for Adrià’s popular Inopia tapas bar,
but you won’t pay much more than $15 for two people.

Great
restaurants can also become an integral part of their communities. San Francisco’s
Nopa—a favorite
hangout among Bay Area chefs, including Daniel Patterson of the city’s
two-Michelin-starred Coi—exudes
a casual conviviality that has helped transform its namesake neighborhood
(North of the Panhandle) from an emerging area to a vibrant community. Other
businesses have since grown up around Nopa, but locals still consider the
pioneering restaurant the neighborhood gathering spot.

So whether you’re
prowling through Paris or scoping out Sydney,
read on to find your next great eating experience. —Jennifer Flowers

100 Best City Restaurants

Paris bistros,
New York restaurants, London pubs—culinary hot spots you can’t afford to miss.

Let’s face it:
we’re all in search of that next great meal. But walk down just about any block
in New York or Paris and you’re
confronted with seemingly endless options. How do you decide?

Sure, you can
whip out your iPhone and consult a slew of restaurant apps with screens and
screens of user reviews. But were they written by real customers or the
restaurants themselves? More important, if you’re planning a daylong urban
foodie tour, app-checking isn’t necessarily the most efficient way of culling
and assembling a can’t-miss itinerary.

That’s where we
come in. From a spectacular sashimi breakfast in Tokyo to a plate of
after-hours fish and chips in London, we’ve compiled
a list of some of the world’s top tables and scheduled hours of overindulgence.

So the next time
you visit New
York
, consider yourself one of the city’s in-the-know eaters. In the
morning, head straight to TriBeCa’s Locanda Verde for chef Andrew Carmellini’s dreamy breakfast menu (sheep’s-milk ricotta drizzled
with truffled honey; olive-oil coffee cake). At lunch, Midtown’s
Pêche
—the latest restaurant from the
city’s burgeoning Momofuku empire—is a must. Try the pork ribs in lemongrass
caramel or the tender skate with brown butter and pea shoots. And if you’re a
seafood addict with time for only one Big Apple dinner, look no further than Marea on Central
Park South: here, chef Michael White works his magic on frutti di mare, with jewel-like crudi and fusilli with red wine–braised octopus.

Fortunately,
culinary greatness doesn’t always come with an expensive price tag. In Barcelona’s Barri
Gòtic neighborhood, La
Plata
is a humble, tile-walled bodega that former El Bulli pastry chef
Albert Adrià considers one of the finest examples of classic Catalan cuisine.
Traditional dishes such as fried sardines or tomato-and-onion salad are sources
of inspiration for Adrià’s popular Inopia tapas bar,
but you won’t pay much more than $15 for two people.

Great
restaurants can also become an integral part of their communities. San Francisco’s
Nopa—a favorite
hangout among Bay Area chefs, including Daniel Patterson of the city’s
two-Michelin-starred Coi—exudes
a casual conviviality that has helped transform its namesake neighborhood
(North of the Panhandle) from an emerging area to a vibrant community. Other
businesses have since grown up around Nopa, but locals still consider the
pioneering restaurant the neighborhood gathering spot.

So whether you’re
prowling through Paris or scoping out Sydney,
read on to find your next great eating experience. —Jennifer Flowers

Jessica Schwartzberg

100 Best City Restaurants

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