World's Best Restaurant Lives in Manhattan
US restaurant tops Best 50 list for first time since 2004
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 7:00 AM CDT
An appetizer of grilled watermelon topped with tomatoes, basil, and aged balsamic vinegar at Eleven Madison Park .   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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(Newser) – Manhattan's Eleven Madison Park is now the best restaurant in the world as well as the best restaurant in America, according to the influential World's 50 Best Restaurants List. The restaurant, which serves contemporary American cuisine in a $295 tasting menu, is the first US restaurant to top the list since California's French Laundry in 2004, Eatery reports. Since then, the list, which is compiled by more than 1,000 experts, including chefs and food writers, has been topped exclusively by European restaurants. Eleven Madison Park was in third place last year.

"I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could find myself in this position," Eleven Madison Park chef and co-owner Daniel Humm said shortly after winning, per Bloomberg. The 40-year-old from Switzerland was already widely considered the best chef in America. The rest of the top 10 restaurants:

  1. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain
  3. Mirazur in Menton, France
  4. Central in Lima, Peru
  5. Asador Etxebarri in Axpe, Spain
  6. Gaggan in Bangkok, Thailand
  7. Maido in Lima, Peru
  8. Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain
  9. Steirereck in Vienna, Austria
Click for the full list, which has another US restaurant at No.11.

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