New York City Top 25 Restaurants: April 2018

New York City Top 25 Restaurants: April 2018

Temperatures are finally starting to warm up again and we are all beginning to make our way out of our fleece blanket cocoons and back out into the concrete jungle. In anticipation of your spring and summer food adventures, Foodable Labs has churned out its latest ranking of the best restaurants in New York City!

With a little movement in the NYC Top 25, we have 5 restaurants BRAND NEW to the list.

At No. 1 we have newcomer Simon and the Whale, a beautiful neighborhood restaurant that draws its culinary inspiration from the American coasts. Nestled into the Freehand New York, the restaurant got its name from Owner Gabriel Stulman who was inspired by the whale-patterned gifts his son, Simon, had been receiving. Chef Matt Griffin created an American menu for the concept with several raw seafood starters, simple options like a fish sandwich with coleslaw, and more demanding dishes like the roast guinea hen. If you’re trying to kill two birds with one stone, Stulman also runs Studio upstairs at the Freehand, the No. 6 ranked restaurant on our list.

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Miami Top 25 Restaurants: February 2018

This is an exciting time for Miami’s food scene. This Miami Top 25 list for the month of February is based on a large consumer sample set from Foodable Labs and, as it turns out, a total of 17 new restaurants have climbed onto the coveted top rankings.

The top new restaurant is ElCielo, with a score of 178.15 and ranking at No. 2. This Brickell downtown Miami eatery is located right on the banks of the river and it offers a modern signature cuisine that is inspired by Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ Colombian roots.

Trailing less than a point behind at a score of 178.02 is Stiltsville Fish Bar, a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Sunset Harbor in Miami Beach. The place offers multiple menus featuring seafood and cocktails to be enjoyed at any time of the day but especially during sunset time for a relaxed atmosphere.

At No. 4, you’ll find the third top new restaurant in our list—Stubborn Seed, with a score of 177.62. This is a concept by Jeremy Ford where honest ingredients are elevated to deliver an elegant yet satisfying dining experience. Following this Miami Beach restaurant is a more laid back Wynwood concept at No. 5, with a score of 177.53. It’s called 1-800-Lucky and it can be described as an Asian marketplace, where visitors will have their choice of seven eateries and two bars to choose from. Talk about options!

Other new restaurants on the list, include Palmar, Amelia’s 1931, Ariete, Habitat, Kiki On The River, Ofa, GLAM Vegan, Gianni’s, Nusr-Et Steakhouse, Amara at Paraiso, Ghee Indian Kitchen, K Ramen. Burger. Beer, and Shelley’s.

Did you think we were going to leave you hanging and not talk about the winner-winner chicken dinner? At No. 1, you’ll find Alter, a restaurant which first debuted in our Foodable Miami Top 25 list back in May of 2016. Although it’s not a stranger to our list, it is the first time this eatery, which features three different tasting menu options, has claimed the top spot. Talk about a major comeback— way to go Alter! 

Needless to say, with so many newcomers many veterans to the Miami Top 25 list have fallen off the grid. We can't help but wonder, how long will it take them to get back on it? Only time will tell!

For more food destinations, check out the full list below!

 Source: ElCielo

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  1. Alter | 178.74
  2. ElCielo | 178.15

  3. Stiltsville Fish Bar | 178.02

  4. Stubborn Seed | 177.62

  5. 1-800-Lucky | 177.53

  6. Palmar | 177.31

  7. Amelia's 1931 | 176.48

  8. Ariete | 176.17

  9. Habitat | 176.14

  10. Kiki On The River | 176.06

  11. Ofa | 175.16

  12. GLAM Vegan | 174.11

  13. Gianni's | 174.05

  14. Nusr-Et Steakhouse | 173.55

  15. La Mar by Gastón Acurio | Video | 173.51

  16. Amara at Paraiso | 173.09

  17. Finka Table & Tap | Video | 172.99

  18. KYU | 172.85

  19. Ghee Indian Kitchen | 172.77

  20. K Ramen. Burger. Beer. | 172.59

  21. Shelley's | 172.53

  22. 27 Restaurant & Bar | 172.12

  23. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink | Video | 172.05

  24. Macchialina | 172.00

  25. The Forge | Video | 171.59

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New York City Top 25 Restaurants: November 2017

Welcome back! Ready to learn more about New York’s bustling dining scene? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The Big Apple has many newcomers making a big splash and  presenting themselves as a fierce competition to the veterans of the Top 25 list.

With that being said, there are a dozen new restaurants that made the November list for 2017. That’s right— 12 new restaurants. Seven of those new restaurants have made it into the coveted top ten spots.

Foodable welcomes Ferris celebrating at the No. 1 spot of the list with a score of 188.03. This New American restaurant is located at the Flatiron’s new Made Hotel and it’s kitchen is led by Chef Greg Proechel. The menu features a balance of rustic and refined preparations highlighting Proechel’s favorite ingredients of each season.

At No. 2 we have The Aviary’s NYC outpost with a score of 186.99. Debuting in New York for the first time, The Aviary is located at the top floor of the Mandarin Oriental overlooking Central Park. This progressive restaurant/cocktail bar aims to provide an interactive journey for guests, boasting small food plates and inventive, thoughtful cocktails. Needless to say, it’s a unique experience.

In third place, we have Le Coucou, another first timer on the Top 25 list, with a score of 186.31. This restaurant is located at the corner of Lafayette and Howard Street and it is led by the Chicago-native and internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris. At Le Coucou, a Stephen Starr restaurant, you will experience chef’s personal take on French cuisine.

Other newcomers to the Top 25 are: Empellón, located in Madison Avenue, at 186.27; Jeju Noodle Bar, from chef Douglas Kim who’s worked at places like Gordon Ramsay NYC, Nobu and Per Se, at 184.17; Nur, boasting modern Middle Eastern cuisine, at 183.68; Public Kitchen, from the people behind Jean-Georges’ restaurants at 183.64; Fairfax, an all-day neighborhood cafe and wine bar, at 182.02; Emily, from the folks behind Emmy Squared (Watch On Foodable Side Dish Episode, here), at 181.53; THE POOL, a seafood restaurant created by Major Food Group, at 181.49; Alta, featuring mediterranean inspired food, at 180.42; and finally, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, a chef who currently holds 31 Michelin stars, at 180.22.

For more food destinations, check out the full list below!

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  1. Ferris | 188.03
  2. The Aviary | 186.99
  3. Le Coucou | 186.31
  4. Empellón | 186.27
  5. Marc Forgione | 186.18
  6. Jeju Noodle Bar | 184.17
  7. Nur | 183.68
  8. Public Kitchen | 183.64
  9. The Breslin | 183.22
  10. Tutto Il Giorno | 183.08
  11. Marta | 183.02
  12. Italienne | 182.33
  13. Fairfax | 182.02
  14. Emily | 181.53
  15. THE POOL | 181.49
  16. Temple Court | 181.45
  17. Momofuku Noodle Bar | 180.57
  18. Alta | 180.42
  19. Peasant | Video | 180.39
  20. Pig Bleeker | 180.37
  21. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon | 180.22
  22. Massoni | 179.87
  23. Momofuku Nishi | 179.62
  24. Harold's Meat + Three | 179.37
  25. Eataly | 178.87

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Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: November 2017

If you are here, you may have been wondering what Chicago restaurants foodies have been buzzing about on social lately.  Or may be you're a chef/operator looking to see if your restaurant or which or your competitors made this coveted list.

Things are certainly heating up in Chicago, which arguably has one of, if not the best culinary scenes in the country. Foodable's Chicago Top 25 list returns with nine restaurants making their debut on the Foodable Top 25, eight of which are in the top 10. 

Foodable welcomes the veggie-forward New American eatery Bad Hunter to the list for the first time ever, landing at the impressive No. 1 spot. From the same team that operates Pub Royale, this West Loop restaurant offers a vegetable-centric menu that changes with the seasons. 

At No. 2, we welcome Oriole, another restaurant in the West Loop to the list. This fine-dining restaurant serving New American fare has a star-studded staff with the Michelin star awarded Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval and Pastry Chef & Partner Genie Kwon.

Rounding out the top three, is BLVD, another New American restaurant in the West Loop making its debut. BLVD is known for its upscale classics being served in a space that gives guests the ultimate Old Hollywood vibes. 

As for the rest of the new restaurants– we welcome the New American casual dining restaurant Smyth and The Loyalist at No. 4; the Korean gem Hanbun at No. 5; the Alinea Group's Roister at No. 6; the Italian restaurant Gibsons Italia at No. 7; the trendy Mexican restaurant Barrio at No. 9; and Rick Bayless' Mexican restaurant Lena Brava at No. 11. 

See what other restaurants made the list below!

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  1. Bad Hunter | 186.66
  2. Oriole | 186.33
  3. BLVD | 184.67
  4. Smyth and The Loyalist | 184.57
  5. Hanbun | 184.25
  6. Roister | 184.00
  7. Gibsons Italia | 183.11
  8. Monteverde | 183.06
  9. Barrio | 182.68
  10. RPM Italian | 182.49
  11. Lena Brava | 182.02
  12. Aviary | Video | 181.56
  13. Nellcote | 180.22
  14. Parachute | 179.25
  15. Swift & Sons | 178.88
  16. Boka | Video | 177.56
  17. Fat Rice | 177.54
  18. CH Distillery | Video | 177.03
  19. RPM Steak | 176.99
  20. Ronero | 176.50
  21. Two Restaurant | Video | 176.20
  22. Little Goat Diner | 175.97
  23. Alinea | 175.44
  24. Grace | 174.91
  25. Nico Osteria | 174.89

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New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: August 2017

The restaurant industry in New Orleans is exemplary of endurance, hard work and strong community ties. From rebuilding after a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, serving as a social hub to provide normalcy to the community in a time of need, to becoming a major driver of the city’s economy, recently leading in restaurant openings across the nation. NOLA, as the Big Easy has been popularly called in the last decade, serves as a great model to follow for places like Houston, Texas, the Florida Keys and even Puerto Rico, which all have suffered major hits from hurricanes in 2017.

Today, we bring you details on the best restaurants which have landed on Foodable’s New Orleans Top 25 list.

Balise, a Top 25 veteran, not only made the Top 10 list, but also stole the coveted No. 1 spot after placing No. 12 in our last ranking. It is owned and operated by the same people that are behind La Petite Grocery, which ranks at No. 15 in this list.

Other veterans that join Balise in the Top 10 list, include; St. Roch Market at No. 5, Paladar 511 at No. 6, and Pêche at No. 10, each previously ranking at No. 19, No. 13, and No. 15, respectively.

After a long hiatus, Cochon Butcher is back at No. 2 demonstrating a big jump in ranking. We hadn’t seen this swine-forward restaurant grace our Top 25 list since 2015, but last time Foodable was in NOLA we were sure to stop by to check it out. Watch the Fast Casual Nation episode, here.

At No. 3, you can find N7, the hidden, underground French bistro that keeps proving to be successful without any online presence. Though the restaurant doesn’t have a company website or social media handles, that doesn’t stop adventurous visitors from talking and posting about it online.

Two newcomers to the Top 25 list, are: Brigtsen’s Restaurant at the No. 11 spot and Clancy’s at No. 18. Brigtsen’s is named after its owners, Chef Frank, and his wife, Marna Brigtsen, boasting Creole/Acadian cooking. An interesting plate to try is the Brigtsen’s Baked Oyster with bacon, leeks, creamed spinach and romano.

Lastly, back to the hot list after a short hiatus, are: Avo at No. 22, Boucherie at No. 23, and Galatorie’s at No. 25.

New Orleans foodies get ready to dig in!

  1. Balise | 178.69 
  2. Cochon Butcher | VIDEO | 178.51
  3. N7 | 178.49 
  4. Compère Lapin | 178.44 
  5. St. Roch Market | 177.61 
  6. Paladar 511 | 177.49 
  7. Coquette | 176.97 
  8. Josephine Estelle | 175.97 
  9. MOPHO | VIDEO | 175.94
  10. Pêche | 175.92 
  11. Brigtsen's Restaurant | 175.66 
  12. Cavan | 175.19 
  13. Sac-a-Lait | 175.11 
  14. Salon by Sucré | 174.91 
  15. La Petite Grocery | 174.58 
  16. Angeline | 174.55 
  17. Toups' Meatery | 174.29 
  18. Clancy's | 173.99 
  19. Sylvain | 173.64 
  20. Bacchanal Wine | 173.29 
  21. McClure's at NOLA Brewing | 173.16 
  22. Avo | 173.05 
  23. Boucherie | 172.81 
  24. ROOT | VIDEO | 172.64
  25. Galatorie's | 172.57