America’s Best Restaurants

Restaurant Magazine polled 806 chefs from around the globe to determine S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2009, which featured 13 restaurants right here in the good old U S of A.

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"Oysters & Pearls," a "sabayon" of pearl tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and sterling white sturgeon caviar, is among the signature dishes that can be found at the best restaurant in America. Check out the top 13 as ranked by Restaurant Magazine.
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Mario Batali, the hardest working man in the food business, makes it to No. 13 with Del Posto in New York City.
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David Kinch, who recently defeated Bobby Flay on "Iron Chef," earns the No. 12 spot with Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif.
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Batali's Babbo, also in NYC, comes in at No. 11.
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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, led by – you guessed it – chef Joël Robuchon comes in at No. 10.
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Alice Waters has arguably done more than anyone over the last 30 years to improve the quality of the American diet with her advocacy for local and organically grown food. She was No. 9 with Chez Panisse in Berkely, Calif.
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Daniel Boulud's Daniel – notice a trend here? – is No. 8 with his Park Avenue spot.
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David Chang, the genius behind the Momofuku empire, took the No.7 spot with his Ssam Bar in New York's East Village.
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Masa Takayama's Masa at Columbus Circle in New York is No.6. It features a $400 Omakase sushi menu that doesn't include tax, tips or sake.
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Jean Georges Vongerichten's eponymous Central Park restaurant, which already boasts three Michelin stars and four stars from the New York Times, comes in at No. 5.
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"Top Chef" semi-regular Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin in NYC is No. 4, serving up some of the finest seafood in the world.
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Executive Chef Thomas Keller is at the helm of The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. His restaurant had been tops from 2003 to 2007, but is now No. 3.
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Alinea, Grant Achatz's Chicago restaurant, earned the No. 2 spot with its "progressive American" cuisine.
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Keller is also behind the newly crowned best eatery in the country, New York City's Per Se, an "urban interpretation of The French Laundry," according to its chef. It has only 16 tables and offers sweeping views of Central Park for diners to enjoy.
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