Las Vegas’s Tao, New York’s now-shuttered Tavern on the Green, and Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami top Restaurants & Institutions list of the 100 highest-grossing independent restaurants of 2010. New York restaurants comprise half of the top ten, (including Tavern on the Green which, despite closing, reported $27 million in sales last year) and 30 entries on the list overall, but Chicago comes in strong with six (including tenth top-selling spot Gibson’s Steakhouse, which took in just under $20 million last year).
San Francisco’s tops out with The Slanted Door at number 21 ($15.8 million) and Los Angeles and Philadelphia tie with three entries each. L.A.’s Gladstones Restaurant posted $13.7 million in sales last year and ranks 41st, while Philly’s Parc captured the 66 slot with nearly $12 million in sales. Boston is solely represented by Abe & Louie’s Steakhouse, which grossed nearly $15 million and ranked 28th. Who had the highest average dinner check in the land? That honor goes to Mario Batali’s Del Posto in New York. Customers part with about $155 over dinner.