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100 Best City Restaurants
New York restaurants, London pubs—culinary hot spots you can’t afford to miss.
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 Má
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.
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.
restaurants can also become an integral part of their communities. San Francisco’s
hangout among Bay Area chefs, including Daniel Patterson of the city’s
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.