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Per Se, Daniel among NYC restaurants named world's best

Restaurant magazine revealed its 12th annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list Monday, and four New York City hot spots made the cut.
To earn the honor, a restaurant must be selected by a panel of 900 international food industry leaders, who cast votes based on their best restaurant experiences over the last 18 months.
Leading the pack of NYC winners was Eleven Madison Park, which, at No. 4, took the highest spot of any restaurant in the United States.

Eleven Madison Park

Where: 11 Madison Ave., Manhattan Ranking: 4 Last
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Where: 11 Madison Ave., Manhattan
Ranking: 4
Last year's position: 5
What they said: "Chef Daniel Humm’s menu is the antidote to humdrum," the magazine writes. Eleven Madison Park also wins points for its card tricks (servers bring a deck of cards with ingredients, and the diner receives a chocolate with the ingredient they choose in its filling), creativity (they cite the carrot tartare with a side of assemble-your-own condiments), and the grandeur of its dining room.

Le Bernardin

Where: 155 W 51st St., Manhattan Ranking: 21
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Where: 155 W 51st St., Manhattan
Ranking: 21
Last year's position: 19
What they said: "Elegance and refinement result in sublime seafood dishes," the mag says, adding that Le Bernardin is widely considered one of the top seafood restaurants in the world. It applauds chef Eric Ripert's focus on freshness and constantly evolving menus, and the restaurant's polished service and exemplary wine list. Among the recommended dishes is Ripert's signature creation-- "layers of thinly pounded yellowfin tuna, foie gras and toasted baguette with chives and extra virgin olive oil."

Per Se

Where: 10 Columbus Circle #4, Manhattan Ranking: 30
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Where: 10 Columbus Circle #4, Manhattan
Ranking: 30
Last year's position: 11
What they said: Per Se is "understated luxury coupled with outstanding contemporary French cooking," according to the magazine, and on the restaurant's 10th anniversary (and 10th year on this list), it stands out for its witty, playful menus under Eli Kaimeh, its signature dishes-- pearl tapioca with oysters and caviar and Hawaiian hearts of peach palm salad, its nine-course chef's tasting menu and its five-course dessert tasting menu, which includes spiced butternut squash ice cream and vanilla crepes.

Daniel

Where: 60 E. 65th St., Manhattan Ranking: 40
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Where: 60 E. 65th St., Manhattan
Ranking: 40
Last year's position: 29
What they said: In its 9th year on the list, the magazine says "Daniel Boulud's flagship New York restaurant continues to shine," and calls it "an inspiration for fine dining aficionados." Chef Jean Francois Bruel is lauded for his French cooking with an American accent and international flavors and techniques. Highlights include the duck terrine with Marcona almonds, Arctic char with asparagus and morels and pine needle tempura. The magazine also says Daniel has one of the best wine lists in the city.

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