World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Which Seven Are in America

FILE – This is a March 14, 2012 file photo of Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark won the title of world’s top restaurant. Noma held the No. 1 spot on Restaurant magazine's annual ranking of the world's 50 best restaurants for three years before being bested in 2013 by avant-garde eatery El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. During a ceremony Monday in London, Noma reclaimed the top spot while El Celler fell to No. 2. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling, file) DENMARK OUT.
The Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, was named the top restaurant in the world in Restaurant magazine’s annual ranking of the World’s 50th Best Restaurants.
AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling, file

If you want to eat at the top restaurant on the planet, you’ll have to fly to Denmark.

But if you want to eat at one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, it takes only a road trip to New York.

Noma in Copenhagen has been named the best of the best, taking the No. 1 slot in the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, produced by Restaurant magazine.

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Of the 50 top restaurants, 28 are in Europe. But seven are right here in America, most of them nearby in New York.

Bostonians visiting New York who want to dine at the best should make reservations at Eleven Madison Park (No. 4), Le Bernardin (No. 21), Per Se (No. 30), or Daniel (No. 40).

If you are traveling to Chicago, you can dine at Alinea, which is No. 9 on the list. And California has two of the top 50 restaurants— French Laundry (No. 44) and Coi (No. 49).

Other restaurants in the top 10 besides Noma, Eleven Madison Park, and Alinea, include El Celler de Can Roca, Mugartiz, and Arzak, all in Spain, Osteria Francescana in Italy, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Ledbury, both in London, and D.O.M. in Brazil.

Noma, which holds two Michelin stars, opened in 2004. The 45-seat restaurant features Nordic cuisine based on ingredients foraged from the nearby forests and shores in Denmark. Guests dine on 20 small plates of food that look more like art. See for yourself in photos of moss, crispy pork skin, and potato and chicken liver snapped by foodie Jose Moran Moya, who ate there and posted the photos on the blog Spanish Hipster. Oh, and check out the hidden appetizer inside the table arrangement. The tasting menu costs $296 a head and the wine pairing is an additional $185, reports

It is the fourth time Noma has come out on top. The winning restaurants are voted on by 900 restaurant industry experts.

So what does the world’s top chef say after snagging this coveted culinary award?

“It’s too (expletive deleted) crazy!” said Rene Redzepi, Noma’s head chef, at a ceremony Monday in London. “Thank you for believing in us.”

View the complete list of 50 best restaurants in the world.