American restaurant rankings 2013, by The Daily Meal
My mom showed me this article in the local paper—I've never heard of the website, but since it's showing up in mainstream news it is probably of some use. <http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/02/21/101-best-restaurants-in-us/>
Nominations come from 174 panelists as well as editors, and readers' favorites. The final selection and ranking process is done by again the panelists and site staff. For reference, the subset of New York restaurants is below. There is yearly variation, so next year could be quite different.
If I were to critique this, I think whether you agree with the list depends on how closely you align with the panelists**. I recognize only a few and would rather know what they voted for. I'd also question the voting criteria, several of which I would not prioritize as having much to do with good eating. Personally I'm a little disappointed that *my* favorite restaurant got neglected, but again that probably just goes to show that the inclinations of a group may not reflect the tastes or interests of any individual. YMMV, caveat emptor, etc.
**Public list of panelists: http://www.thedailymeal.com/daily-meals-101-best-restaurants-america-2013-panel
Best NYC/NY restaurants according to:
2. Gramercy Tavern, New York, N.Y.
3. Le Bernardin, New York, N.Y.
4. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York, N.Y.
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, N.Y.
6. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
7. ABC Kitchen, New York, N.Y.
8. Babbo, New York, N.Y.
11. Shake Shack, New York, N.Y.
12. Jean Georges, New York, N.Y.
13. Daniel, New York, N.Y.
16. Del Posto, New York, N.Y.
17. Per Se, New York, N.Y.
21. Gotham Bar & Grill, New York, N.Y.
29. Masa, New York, N.Y.
31. Marea, New York, N.Y.
32. WD-50, New York, N.Y.
36. Ippudo, New York, N.Y.
41. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, New York, N.Y.
44. Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York, N.Y.
47. Xi'An Famous Foods, Queens, N.Y.
48. Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y.
53. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, N.Y.
59. NoMad, New York, N.Y.
74. SriPraPhai, Queens, N.Y.
78. Al Di La, Brooklyn, N.Y.
93. Sushi Yasuda, New York, N.Y.
96. The Four Seasons, New York, N.Y.
You recognized only a few of the places on this list? How can that be? I saw this when it first came out. I agree that this reflects the sensibilities of the voters, but I thought there was nothing surprising about the names on the list. You can quibble about the ranking for any spot. I just don't know how you can say you've not heard of most of these NY places. Heck, I've eaten at most of them.
I'm curious too to hear what your favorite place is. Based on the number of visits I've made over the years, my top 2 (can't decide between them because they are so different) would be Ssam Bar and Gramercy.
May I ask what your favorite restaurant is?
I'm not going to go too much into the debate if this list is "good" or not (even if you just filter NYC and rank within that). I think most "food enthusiasts" understand that these rankings are to generate buzz, debate, and publicity. It's all in good fun.