Zagat Announces 2011 Ratings; Le Bernardin Is Near Perfect

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We now have a copy of the Michelin guide in our hot little hands, and would you believe it, Xian Famous Foods doesnt rank as one of the top 716 restaurants in the city. Sorry, Bourdain. But enough (for the moment) about Michelin: Also out today is the 2011 Zagat guide, which includes food-truck rankings for the first time! (The top three: Wafels & Dinges, Street Sweets, and Van Leeuwen). The big news here: Le Bernardin got an extremely rare 29 out of 30 for "Food" the first time thats happened since Bouley in 1996. Once again, La Grenouille and Sushi Yasuda also got high marks for "Food" (28, to be exact), even though they didnt rank in the Michelin guide. Also getting 28s: Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Daniel, Jean Georges, and Gramercy Tavern. Plus, Asiate and Per Se got near-perfect 29s in the categories of "Dcor" and "Service," respectively.

Gramercy Tavern stays above Union Square Caf in the category of "Most Popular," and Danny Meyers Maialino is the top "Newcomer." Also of note: Mile End dethrones Barney Greengrass in the "Best Deli" category (other top picks reppin Brooklyn: Fette Sau for Barbecue, Pacificana for Chinese, Tanoreen for Middle Eastern, and Egg for Southern, and of course you knew Peter Luger was going to be best steakhouse). Fun facts: The cost of a meal is down by 5 percent (its now $41.78), 83 percent of people approve of letter grades, and while 11 percent say theyre eating out more, 27 percent say theyre eating out less. For more, check out Zagat Buzzs blog post and Zagats press release.

The New York Survey Results Are In! [Zagat Buzz]
MORE CASUAL, LESS EXPENSIVE, MORE HOSPITABLE, EASIER ACCESS ARE THE BYWORDS OF THE ZAGAT 2011 NYC RESTAURANT SURVEY [Zagat]