Noma Still the Best Restaurant in the World; French Laundry Snubbed

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The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants awards were handed out today in London and, once again, Denmark's Noma sits atop the list. The big news is that El Bulli, last year's No. 2, is off the list, ostensibly because it will be closing later this year. (Maybe that will be the final nail in the coffin of all those IAAEBPs, too?) The U.S. winners are the same restaurants you'd expect, with one huge exception: This year's big snub has to go to Thomas Keller's French Laundry, which was relegated to the runners-up list. In fact, with the exception of Alinea (6), all of the rest of the U.S. picks are based in New York City: Momofuku Ssam Bar (40), Eleven Madison Park (24 up from No. 50 last year), Le Bernardin (18), Daniel (11), and Per Se (10). Check out the full list, straight ahead:

50. Asador Etxebarri, Spain
49. Pujol, Mexico
48. Varvary, Russia
47. Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville, Switzerland
46. De Librije, Netherlands
45. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, France
44. Maison Troisgros, France
43. Hibiscus, UK
42. Astrid Y Gaston, Peru
41. St. John, UK
40. Momofuku Ssam Bar, NYC
39. Il Canto, Italy
38. Dal Pescatore, Italy
37. Amber, China
36. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
35. Chez Dominique, Finland
34. The Ledbury, UK
33. Cracco, Italy
32. Le Calandre, Italy
31. Biko, Mexico
30. Bras, France
29. Martin Berasategui, Spain
28. Combal Zero, Italy
27. Iggy's, Singapore
26. Quay, Australia
25. Aqua, Germany
24. Eleven Madison Park, NYC
23. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
22. Steirereck, Austria
21. Vendome, Germany
20. Nihonryori RyuGin, Japan
19. L'Arpege, France
18. Le Bernardin, NYC
17. Oud Sluis, Netherlands
16. Pierre Gagnaire, France
15. Hof van Cleve, Belgium
14. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France
13. L'Astrance, France
12. Les Creations de Narisawa, Japan
11. Daniel, NYC
10. Per Se, NYC
9. Le Chateaubriand, France
8. Arzak, spain
7. DOM, Brazil
6. Alinea, Chicago
5. The Fat Duck, UK
4. Osteria, Italy
3. Mugaritz, Spain
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Spain
1. Noma, Denmark

The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards [Official site]