New York is for food lovers, according to a new survey by digital reservations system
OpenTable. The site audited more than 5 million user reviews of 20,000 restaurants nationwide to determine the top 100 restaurants for foodies.
Empire State has the highest number of restaurants on the list, with 12 spots spanning Manhattan hot spot Rebelle, Brooklyn boites Luksus and Maison Premiere, and southern-accented Toutant in Buffalo, N.Y. California's 11 top-reviewed eateries include Al's Place in San Francisco and Michael Voltaggio's perennially hip ink. in Los Angeles. Texas has nine contenders on the list, and buzzing food scenes in Portland, Ore. and Minneapolis resulted in eight winners each from Oregon and Minnesota.
Newcomers dominate the list. The majority of OpenTable's winners debuted in the past five years, and 25% opened in 2015. This may be due in part to methodology: OpenTable culled reviews submitted between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. Qualifying restaurants received high marks in overall quality and OpenTable's "fit for foodies" review category.
Winning cuisines canvas New American fine dining and Korean-accented street food, but a nationally ascendant theme is chef-driven, plant-centric menus. Amanda Cohen's recently relaunched veggie emporium Dirt Candy in Manhattan, Richard Landau's esteemed Vedge in Philadelphia, and James Beard Award-winner
David Kinch's Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif. are all favorites among OpenTable reviewers.