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Zagat’s 2014 List of New York’s 100 Best Restaurants

Here’s Zagat’s list of the 100 best restaurants in New York, and where we currently stand:

1. Le Bernardin ✔

2. Bouley

3. Jean-Georges ✔

4. Gotham Bar & Grill

5. Eleven Madison Park ✔ see the review here

6.  Daniel

7.  Sushi Yasuda ✔

8. Gramercy Tavern ✔

9. Peter Luger Steak House

10.  La Grenouille

11.  Annisa

12. Sea Fire Grill

13. Per Se

14. Marea ✔

15. Benjamin Steakhouse

16. Tocqueville

17. Nobu

18. Union Square Cafe ✔

19. Mas (farmhouse)

20. Nougatine at Jean-Gerges ✔

21. The Little Owl

22. Pearl Oyster Bar

23. Estiatorio Milos ✔

24. Dovetail

25. Acquagrill

26. Tratoria L’incontro

27. Cafe Boulud ✔

28. Tamarind Tribeca ✔

29. Del Posto ✔

30. Taverna Kyclades

31. Barbuto

32. Blue Hill

33. Scalini Fedeli

34. Keens Steakhouse

35. Colicchio & Sons ✔

36. Craft ✔

37. Telepan ✔

38. River Café

39. Four Seasons

40. Morimoto ✔

41. Al di la Trattoria

42. Picholine ✔

43. Babbo Ristorante ✔

44. Aquavit ✔ see review here

45. Brushstroke

46. Sushi of Gari ✔

47. Porter House New York ✔

48. Aureole

49. ilili Restaurant ✔

50. Perry St

51. Ai Fiori ✔

52. Il Buco ✔

53. L’Artusi ✔

54. Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque

55. Asiate

56. The Modern ✔

57. Quality Meats ✔

58. The NoMad Restaurant ✔

59. Caracas Arepa Bar

60. 15 East Restaurant

61. ABC Kitchen ✔

62. Momofuku ssam bar ✔

63. Hearth

64. Scarpetta ✔

65. Maialino

66. SD26

67. Maloney & Porcelli

68. Felidia

69. Sparks Steak House ✔

70. RedFarm ✔

71. Osteria Morini

72. Boulud Sud ✔

73. Avra Estiatorio

74. Totto Ramen

75. David Burke Kitchen

76. BLT Prime

77. Il Mulino ✔

78. Old Homestead Steak House

79. Taim

80. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

81. Buddakan

82. Buttermilk Channel

83. Kat’z Delicatessen

84. Smith & Wollensky ✔

85. Park Side

86. Alta

87. Ippudo ✔

88. Esca

89. Lincoln Ristorante ✔

90. Del Frisco’s Steakhouse ✔

91. Betony ✔

92. EN Japanese Brasserie

93. Riverpark

94. BLT Fish Shack

95. Di Fara Pizza

96. Oceana ✔

97. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill ✔

98. Strip House

99. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

100. The Palm Restaurant

The 2015 will come soon. We know a few things that changed, such as Sushi Nakazawa being voted the best restaurant in NYC.

But we’ve been to 42 out of 100! That’s not so bad, right? What about you? How many have you been at?



Sushi Nakazawa

We love Japanese food. We go to Japanese places all the time, almost every weekend, and I have a dozen of recommendations of great places to eat good sushi in New York (such as Sushi Yasuda, Morimoto, Kyo Ya, Nobu 57, and Sushi of Gari, just to name a few). But I find it really hard to review them. When they serve rolls, it’s a little easier to explain what they do differently. But when they are limited to sushi, it’s about the fish, its freshness, and the chef’s touch. And I am not so good in describing that.

However, we recently went to Sushi Nakazawa. Sushi Nakazawa opened in New York a year ago, and it was the most anticipated opening of the year. It instantly became a hit, with reservations almost impossible to get. Chef Daisuke Nakazawa, who is only 36 years old, was one of the apprentices of Jiro Ono, the famous Japanese chef who owns a three-Michelin-starred restaurant called Sukiyabashi Jiro located inside a subway stop in Tokyo. Jiro is so famous he has his own documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Nakazawa appeared in “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

The story goes like this: Alessandro Borgognone, the co-owner, a 33-year-old Staten Islander, became instantly obsessed when he watched the documentary. Jiro was already in the US, working in Seattle with another Jiro apprentice, when Borgognone did everything he could to convince him to come to New York. So the duo opened Sushi Nakazawa in my favorite neighborhood, the West Village last August.
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DC Special: José Andrés Tapas Crawl (Part II)

To continue our José Andrés tapas crawl (you can read the first part here)…

Part II – Oyamel

On the weekend, my boyfriend visited DC. He had already been to Zaytinya and Jaleo, and was very, very impressed by the chef. So I decided to take him to Oyamel, his Mexican restaurant. I was super excited, since he had been craving Mexican for weeks… But, I most say, I didn’t like it. The guacamole was good, it had a nice twist and I love it when they do the guacamole by the table. We had some tuna tartar which was also okay, but nothing special. But these two were the only two dishes that we remembered in the end.



Address: 401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 628-1005

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DC Special: José Andres Tapas Crawl (Part I)

To make the most out of my DC experience, I went on a José Andrés tapas crawl. It was totally by accident, but it ended up being a lot of fun, and I definitely recommend doing sort of the same thing. As you know, I first tried Pepe food truck, José Andrés fast food choice, and had a great experience. So I wanted to know his other places, and find out what the fuss was all about.

For those of you who don’t know him, José Andrés  is a legend. He owns 7 restaurants in DC (minibar, barmini, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo, Pepe food truck and America Eats in Virginia), 3 restaurants in Las Vegas (é by José Andrés, Jaleo, and China Poblano), one in Puerto Rico (Mi Casa) and a branch with restaurants in Beverly Hills and Miami Beach (The Bazaar).  What I find most amazing is that he specializes in a bunch of different types of foods: American, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Mexican, and Chinese. He won an insanely amount of awards, including a James Beard (countless nominations and a couple of awards) and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year in 2004. He appeared on many TV shows, including Iron Chef America (2007), Top Chef (as a judge in 2010), and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (in the DC episode, 2008). And, of course, he has 3 published books (plus another in Spanish): Tapas: A Taste of Spain in AmericaMade in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen, and the newly published Charcuterìa: The Soul of Spain. As you can see, he is no small thing. And there are rumors that he is opening a restaurant in NYC soon, so stay tuned…

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