Top 100 Restaurant Reviews

The Mark, New York, NY (Eclectic)

Regarding Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the New York Times writes “No chef working in America is quite his equal. Many, like him, have created multiple restaurants. A very few, like him, are considered among the best. Even fewer are both. Mr. Vongerichten is able to do more, and he is able to do it better, his style augmented by extraordinary open-mindedness, a willingness to embrace the local culture wherever he might be.” (New York Times, January 14, 2020, “How Jean-Georges Vongerichten Went From ‘No Good Kid’ To 4 Star Chef”). The restaurant is described as elegant, satisfying and presents a luxurious ambiance. The Mark is housed [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:26:47-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Bourbon Steak, Scottsdale, AZ (Steakhouse)

Born in Egypt and raised in Washington, Chef Michael Mina began working in the culinary industry in his teens, and it was during his first year of college, working in the Space Needle restaurant in Washington State that he gained the exposure he needed to make the decision to pursue full time culinary training. Since those early years, Mina has become a celebrity American chef, who has opened numerous restaurants, and garnered multiple Michelin Stars throughout his career. Chef Mina has stated that his cooking always revolves around four basic elements: spice, sweetness, acidity, and richness. It is these elements that Mina seeks to incorporate [...]

By |2020-06-10T10:52:01-04:00June 10th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

ABC Kitchen, New York, NY (Eclectic)

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has established himself as one of American’s most famous Chefs and Restaurateurs. Beginning his love of food in his early years in France, Vongerichten trained and worked in France, and Asia. It was during his time working in Asia that he embraced and developed a passion for Eastern flavor. To this day, he forgoes traditional cream and meat stock based sauces for those made from vegetable and fruit juices, and herbal combinations that feature more intense flavors such as those he experienced in Asia. ABC Kitchen embodies the farm to table culinary movement and features a seasonally changing menu that serves only [...]

By |2020-06-04T12:29:52-04:00June 4th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Le Cirque, Las Vegas, NV (French)

In 1974, Sirio Maccioni opened the first Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, combining colorful circus décor with delicious French cuisine. Le Cirque launched careers of illustrious chefs such as Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Alex Stratta and Geoffrey Zakarian. With its additional location at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, reservations are hard to come by so plan ahead. With its rare AAA 5 Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star rating, Le Cirque Las Vegas demonstrates it is one of the top restaurants in the nation. Dinner at Le Cirque begins with a variety of breads presented to the table. You may choose the [...]

By |2020-06-01T08:46:13-04:00June 1st, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

La Grenouille, New York, NY (French)

No other restaurant in New York captures the glamourous aura of France like La Grenouille.  In business since the early 1960’s, La Grenouille is famous for its delicious French cuisine and its fresh flowers delivered daily.  Founded in 1962 by the Masson family, the restaurant has hosted numerous celebrities.  Upstairs above La Grenouile, Antoine de St. Exupery wrote parts of “The Little Prince.”  Its history is unique and its cuisine is classic. Dinner can be ordered prix fixe or ala carte.  The choices of flavors are varied.  You may want to start with a Traditional Beet Borscht with Cabbage and Dill or Foie Gras Ravioli [...]

By |2020-05-28T08:13:23-04:00May 28th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Poogan’s Porch, Charleston, SC (Southern)

As the chef/owner of Poogan’s Porch, Daniel Doyle’s passion is resourcing meat, produce and grains from Charleston and its surrounding areas. Poogan’s Porch is Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments. Chef Doyle began visiting Poogan’s Porch during his childhood family vacations. He attended Johnson & Wales University where he received an degree in Culinary Arts and in Restaurant and Institutional Management. He has refined low country cooking and has been invited to cook at the James Beard Foundation in New York. South Carolina is famous for its low country cooking and Poogan’s Porch has been serving it since 1976. Start with the Pimento Cheese Fritters and [...]

By |2020-05-22T08:20:09-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Craft, New York, NY (New American)

  Chef Tom Colicchio is best known for his work on Bravo Network’s “Top Chef” but he has been part of the New York restaurant scene since he originally co-founded Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer in 1994. In 2001, he opened his first Craft restaurant. In 2002 he opened his first CraftSteak in Las Vegas and in 2003, he began ‘wichcraft, his sandwich shop. In 2006, he sold his interest in Gramercy Tavern and has since formed Crafted Hospitality, a premier restaurant company with 7 restaurants in the United States. Tom Colicchio has not only won awards for his food but also for his efforts [...]

By |2020-05-12T19:33:28-04:00May 12th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

The Penrose Room, Colorado Springs, CO (French)

Chef David Patterson’s passion includes the heritage of flavors from the regions of the area. As Executive Chef of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, he oversees the Penrose Room. Chef Patterson worked for 5 years with Chef Alain Ducasse at Adour Restaurant and Benoit Bistro NYC. He has trained in kitchens in Paris and Monaco and has worked in several Michelin 3 star restaurants as well as other award winning restaurants. Prior to the Penrose Room, David also worked at Hotel Hana-Maui where he created a Farm-To-Table menu working with local farms, fisheries and cattlemen. The Penrose Room is the only restaurant in Colorado to [...]

By |2020-05-11T14:04:04-04:00May 5th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Rich Table, San Francisco, CA (Eclectic)

Chef Evan Rich began his career in restaurants at age 15. As his interest rose, he enrolled, then graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2000. He then moved to Manhattan and became a pastry assistant at Danube, then an executive sous chef at Bouley. There he met his future wife and business partner, Sarah. Sarah’s culinary interests began when she stumbled upon the French Culinary Institute’s website. She moved to New York City to attend and also graduated in 2000. She then completed her internship at Bouley where she met Evan. After their marriage, they headed to San Francisco where Sara was a [...]

By |2020-04-30T11:30:48-04:00April 30th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|

Oleana, Cambridge, MA (Mediterranean)

Chef Ana Sortun graduated from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine de Paris before opening Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro in Concord, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. She is cited as one of the country’s “best creative practitioners” and was awarded the Best Chef: Northeast honor by the James Beard Foundation. A trip to Turkey early in her career revolutionized her culinary offerings. There she learned how to use spices to create richness, depth and flavor without heaviness. Her best selling cookbook, “SPICE: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean,” passes this knowledge along. The fresh, organic produce at her restaurants is grown on her farm which is run [...]

By |2020-04-24T13:55:00-04:00April 24th, 2020|Top 100 Restaurant Reviews|