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 2017

Did you miss us, Miami? The Miami Top 25 Restaurants ranking is back to bring you the heat in the best of good eats! And just when you thought these restaurants couldn't get any hotter, the scores for this batch were on fire — even higher than the ones from the last list! While veterans took the top, we had a few newcomers break into the Top 25.

At No. 1 — and talk about a major comeback — is La Mar by Gaston Acurio with a score of 174.51! The last time this restaurant appeared in our Top 25 was in January 2016. La Mar definitely made waves and returned with a vengeance. Less than a point behind at a score of 173.88 is 27 Restaurant & Bar. Will this global-inspired, American fare concept, which took the Foodable gold back in May 2016, make it back to the top in our next ranking? In third place is a Miami favorite, FINKA Table & Tap. A consistent high-scorer in our Foodable Top 25, it's clear to see Miamians have yet to tire of its Cuban-Korean-Peruvian fusion food. 

But without further ado, we have to introduce two new faces to the Miami Top 25, both that made an impressive debut in the top 10: Congratulations to Glass & Vine at No. 5 and KYU at No. 9! Glass & Vine offers European-style seafood, meat, and vegetable cuisine, cocktails, and a lush paradise indoors and outdoors. KYU caught a lot of attention with its modern Asian fare and array of drinks, so much so that it has even been nominated for the James Beard Best New Restaurant Award! Best of luck to Kyu!

Ready to dig into more juicy hotspots? Check out the full list below. 

Miami Top 25 Restaurants

  1. La Mar by Gaston Acurio | VIDEO | 174.51
  2. 27 Restaurant & Bar | 173.88 
  3. FINKA Table & Tap | VIDEO | 172.56
  4. Cypress Tavern | 172.52 
  5. Glass & Vine | 171.4 
  6. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink | VIDEO | 170.58
  7. The Forge | VIDEO | 170.48
  8. Macchialina | 170.25 
  9. KYU | 170.22 
  10. Eating House | VIDEO | 170.11
  11. Prime 112 | 169.81 
  12. Byblos | 169.53 
  13. Vagabond Kitchen & Bar | VIDEO | 169.44
  14. Canyon Restaurant | 169.24 
  15. MC Kitchen | 169.02 
  16. Edge, Steak & Bar | 168.53 
  17. Swine Southern Table & Bar | VIDEO | 168.41
  18. Yardbird | VIDEO | 168.24
  19. Il Gabbiano | 165.49 
  20. Azul | 165.44 
  21. DB Bistro Moderne | 165.3 
  22. Casa D'Angelo Ristorante | VIDEO | 165.17
  23. The Downstairs | 164.12 
  24. Pubbelly | 164.05 
  25. Alter | 163.21

Honorable Mentions: Editor-in-Chief Picks

These honorable mentions are Editor-in-Chief picks. They may not have ranked high enough to be in the Top 25, but they are notable in that they have special characteristics that make them a must-visit restaurant. Whether they are recognized in the community or have a unique personality that stands out in the industry, scored high in food sentiment, or have an outstanding design or presentation of their restaurant or brand, here are this round's Editor's favorites.

National Top 25 Restaurants: Q1 2015

While our monthly Foodable Top 25 Restaurant rankings focus on local markets — and therefore, pulls out hidden gems and less big brands — our National Top 25, pulled quarterly, reflects the social rankings of the big guys in the game.

Through Foodable Labs, in partnership with our sister company DigitalCoCo’s proprietary Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), we track sentiment, engagement, influence, and location-based actions from more than 127 million social restaurant consumers in the U.S. across 17 social platforms. There are currently more than 15,000 restaurant brands indexed in over 430,000 locations. 

While quarterly sales are obviously important, the core of everything in the restaurant & hospitality industry comes down to what consumers are saying — and whether they're taking action — in relation to your brand.

So, without further ado, here are Q1 2015’s top players. (Stay tuned for Q2’s rankings, coming soon!)

#1 Panera

#1 Panera

#2 Chick-fil-A

#2 Chick-fil-A

#3 Sonic Drive-In

#3 Sonic Drive-In

#4 Wendy's

#4 Wendy's

#5 Shake Shack

#5 Shake Shack

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Panera Bread 446.57  
2 Chick-fil-A 445.23  
3 Sonic Drive-In 444.95  
4 Wendy's 437.61  
5 Shake Shack 437.02 Play Video
6 Buffalo Wild Wings 436.71  
7 Chipotle 435.43  
8 Firehouse Subs 435.14  
9 Taco Bell 428.14  
10 In-N-Out Burger 421.22  
11 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 416.66  
12 Tender Greens 414.96 Play Video
13 Green Leaf 409.72  
14 McAlister's Deli 409.70  
15 Five Guys Burgers and Fries 408.88  
16 Starbucks 405.39  
17 Raising Cane's 403.92  
18 Subway 401.45  
19 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill 399.84 Play Video
20 Hard Rock Cafe 399.58  
21 Dunkin' Donuts 398.05  
22 Jason's Deli 397.93  
23 Noodles & Company 396.97  
24 Jimmy John's 396.36  
25 Applebee's 392.17