If you want to visit the best restaurant in the world, you won’t have to travel very far. For the first time in its history, New York City’s lavish Eleven Madison Park earned the top spot on the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. It marks the first time since 2004, when Thomas Keller’s Napa Valley hideaway, The French Laundry, that a non-European restaurant topped the list.
The winners, which were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, are a hodgepodge of industry goliaths and new-to-the-scene upstarts, all of whom share one thing in common: they ain’t cheap. For example, if two people want to sample Eleven Madison Park’s chef Daniel Humm’s whimsical, minimalist tasting menu and have some wine too, they’ll need to fork over at least $1,000. And, that’s if they can get a table.
Inclusion on the list, which has become the world’s ultimate authority in restaurant rankings, pretty much guarantees that tables will be among the most highly coveted in the world, if they weren’t already. For instance, to make a reservation at Italy’s Osteria Francescana—which finished second this year after topping the list the year before—tourists will have to start checking it’s website’s calendar at least three months in advance for possible openings. And, while Eleven Madison Park uses the far more democratic OpenTable (Eater was able to find an opening two weeks in advance last year), don’t expect to land a reservation anytime soon, now that it’s officially considered the best restaurant in the world.
See the top 10 below, and click here for the rest of the list.
- Eleven Madison Park, New York
- Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
- El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
- Mirazur, Menton, France
- Central, Lima
- Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
- Gaggan, Bangkok
- Maido, Lima
- Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
- Steirereck, Vienna