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Can You Pick the Absolute Best Restaurant in New York?

Adam Platt named Blue Hill at Stone Barns the Absolute Best Restaurant in New York.
Adam Platt named Blue Hill at Stone Barns the Absolute Best Restaurant in New York.

New York is bursting at the seams with great restaurants. There are, likely, enough excellent tasting-table spots, ambitious neighborhood spots, and glorious cheap eats to stock a handful of cities on the northeastern seaboard and still have enough left over for a solid dining scene. But can you declare that one of them, hands down, stands above all the rest as the single best must-experience restaurant? Grub Street asked New York restaurant critic Adam Platt to answer that question for our Absolute Best series — so he went and chose a restaurant 20 miles north of the city: Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Platt sat down with Grub Street food editor Alan Sytsma to discuss his penultimate list of New York restaurants. Namely, why he picked Blue Hill, whether it’s really possible to name a restaurant No. 1 these days, the problems with lists like the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” the methods and madness behind his five selections, and what the food critic really tells people when they ask where to go some random night. Hear it all, and much more, on this week’s edition of the Grub Street Podcast.

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Can You Pick NYC’s Absolute Best Restaurant?