Best restaurants in Americas

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bogotá

    Andrés Carne de Res

    This legendary steakhouse blows everyone – even repeat visitors – away with its all-out fun atmosphere. The 75-page menu of classics like arepas (corn cakes) and ceviches, and pages of succulent steaks (some portioned to serve as many as seven) is totally overwhelming; al trapo (chargrilled beef tenderloin) is recommended if you need some help narrowing things down. Andrés has really ramped up its food quality of late – it crashed into the coveted San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017, ranking 49th – but it's the surreal decor and design gimmicks that truly fascinate. For most visitors, it’s less a meal than a leave-the-watch-at-home extravaganza of late-night rumba – staff will get you onto the dance floor if you resist joining in – that will leave you dazed and wondering what the hell happened last night. The catch is that it’s out of town: in Chía, 23km north of Bogotá towards Zipaquirá. An Uber runs COP$30,000 to COP$50,000; don't use the restaurant's highly overpriced taxi service.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nashville


    Behind a nondescript sliding door hides this choose-your-own-adventure foodie dreamland. Chef Josh Habiger (Catbird Seat, Patterson House) has cultivated Nashville's hottest table – or three tables, to be precise, plus 11 kitchen counter seats. Choose from a seasonally changing checklist menu of 15 delicate, intensely satisfying plates or check the box that says, 'One of each.' Score a reservation in advance with a $25 deposit, and prepare to be gastronomically wooed by dishes such as Konro-grilled black sea bass in black tea and bonito spinach puree. Arrive early and indulge in a craft cocktail ($13 to $15) at the tiny copper-plated bar. Enter the intimate dining room grooving to Drive-By Truckers or Wilco on the turntable (don't touch it – that's Habiger's domain!). Bastion's main bar next door is equally worth your time, with a separate cocktail menu ($9 to $13) served below incandescent bulbs, while patrons munch house nachos on wooden bleachers.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in North Beach & Chinatown

    Mister Jiu's

    Success has been celebrated in this historic Chinatown banquet hall since the 1880s – but today, scoring a table at Mister Jiu's is reason enough for celebration. Build memorable banquets from chef Brandon Jew's ingenious Chinese/Californian signatures: quail and Mission-fig sticky rice, hot and sour Dungeness crab soup, Wagyu sirloin and tuna heart fried rice. Don't skip dessert – pastry chef Melissa Chou's salted plum sesame balls are flavor bombs. Barkeep Danny Louie's cocktails grant wishes: Prosperity is seductive (vodka, passionfruit, lemongrass and foamy egg white), but Longevity (mezcal, osmanthus, aloe, lime) lingers in the memory. Auspicious lotus-flower chandeliers overhead set a party mood, so go ahead – make it an occasion with the well-priced seven-dish tasting menu ($69) and raise your toasting game with the thoughtful wine pairing ($45).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Habana Vieja

    Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

    Havana’s best tapas bar might also be its finest all-round eating establishment, with food, presentation and service down to a fine art. Inside the loungy, romantically lit restaurant there’s plenty to look at as you enjoy ice-cold beer, fabulous cocktails, and creative but interestingly presented tapas (on plates, slates, pans and mini-shopping trolleys). Best of all is the sharp, discreet and multilingual service that ought to be bottled and exported all around Cuba. You’ll need more than a postcard (or tweet) to list the standout food and drink items. Could they include the tapas-size lasagna, the meatballs served freshly made in the pan, the cornbread with sweet chicken, or the daiquiri that comes with a face iced onto it? It’s all epic!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Habana Vieja

    Doña Eutimia

    The secret at Doña Eutimia is that there is no secret: just serve decent-size portions of the best Cuban food. Expect the likes of ropa vieja (shredded beef; there's also an interesting lamb version), epic picadillo a la habanera (spicy beef), glorious lechón asado (roast pork) and beautifully rustic roast chicken, all served with ample rice, beans and fried plantains. This is trip-defining food of the highest order, and proof that Cuba's traditional cuisine, when prepared properly, can be pretty spectacular. The restaurant is located in a cul-de-sac near the cathedral. Reserve a day ahead.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in East Austin

    Franklin Barbecue

    This famous BBQ joint only serves lunch, and only until it runs out – usually well before 2pm. To avoid missing out, join the line – and there will be a line – by 10am (9am on weekends). Treat it as a tailgating party: bring beer or mimosas to share and make friends. And yes, you do want the fatty brisket. A few tips? Look for handy fold-out chairs near the front of the line. While you wait, you can buy beer from a cooler-toting server. And when your moment of glory arrives, go for the two-meat plate, or nab all you can for a feast to enjoy later. (Just be quick about it. The people behind you are starving.)

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Chelsea Market

    In a shining example of redevelopment and renaissance, Chelsea Market has taken a 19th-century Nabisco cookie factory and turned it into an 800ft-long food court of mouthwatering diversity. On the site where the beloved Oreo was first conceived, now more than 35 vendors sell everything from tongue-tingling hand-pulled dan dan noodles to Jamaican jerk, fine cheese and whole lobsters. Setting the imprimatur on the market's foodie credentials, the Food Network is headquartered here, too. You'll also find wine shops, vintage clothing, kitchen supplies, hipster barbers and more.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima


    Part restaurant, part laboratory, Central reinvents Andean cuisine and rescues age-old Peruvian ingredients not used elsewhere. Dining is an experience, evidenced by tender native potatoes served in edible clay. Chef Virgilio Martinez wants you to taste the Andes. He paid his dues in Europe and Asia's top kitchens, but it's his work here that dazzles. Seafood – such as the charred octopus starter – is a star, but classics like suckling pig served with pickled vegetables and spiced squash deliver. A menu supplied by sustainable fishing and organic gardens enhance the ultra-fresh appeal.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bogotá


    Chef Leo Espinosa is the culinary priestess for innovative Colombian fine dining. Her epic 12-course tasting menu (COP$210,000) paired with wine and artisanal beverages (COP$280,000) is a belt-loosening, multihour journey through exotic regional ingredients, many of which are ignored by most Colombian kitchens. A meal here is revelatory, with bold colors and striking flavors unlike those of anything previously plated. In 2018 Leo crept into the prestigious World's Best Restaurants list (sponsored by Restaurant magazine) at No 99, the only Colombian restaurant to do so.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Birmingham

    Highlands Bar & Grill

    Frank Stitt's most acclaimed restaurant, Highlands has been serving up modern Southern cuisine using French cooking techniques since 1982 in this elegant, 1920s-inspired dining room. The service is as outstanding as the food. Come dressed to impress – suit jackets are not required but you'll probably feel out of place without one. Cocktails and oysters at the bar are a tradition among Birmingham's movers and shakers. Highlands won James Beard awards for best restaurant and best pastry chef in 2018.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima


    True artistry and exquisite flavors make Maido an excellent stop for top-notch nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) fare that has put it on World's Best lists. The menu of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura ranges from sushi to tender 50-hour ribs, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and ramen, with a Peruvian accent. Desserts – such as the yucca mochi or a white-chocolate egg with sorbet yolk – delight. It supports sustainable fishing.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Puerto Montt


    This quincho (barbecue hut) steakhouse has a long-standing reputation for its meticulous grillmen, who honor the meat with Picasso-level focus. Grill maestro Julio Elgueta, who has been manning the open hearth here through various changes since 2002, isn't shy about letting you know he has skills. Fair enough: the top-end Angus cuts (sirloin, rib eye and filet) are stunning. Steaks work from a base of CH$2000 and are priced per kilo from there (Julio will bring the precooked slabs to the table and cut to order) and are served with roasted breadsticks with a fiery merkén paste, sopapillas (fried bread) with pebre (coriander, chopped onion, olive oil, garlic and spicy peppers) and potatoes. Perfect order: 350g Angus filet with green peppercorn sauce. The bad news? At the time of research, the former South African owner had sold it and returned home; while it's not expected to not to skip a beat, change always brings uncertainty. In Pelluco, it can be easily reached by buses from the terminal marked Chamiza/Pelluco (CH$400, 10 minutes) but this Slow Food steak means you'll need to Uber (CH$2000 to CH$4000) home – buses stop around 8:30pm or so. Reservations are a good idea, especially Thursday through Sunday – there are just 10 tables.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Savannah


    Hidden along an estuary of the Savannah marshlands, this laid-back, local favorite features a seasonal, New American menu with a heavy seafood emphasis. It's also an ace spot to catch live music, chill in a hammock, rally around a firepit, play bocce ball or drop a fishing line off the dock.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Birmingham

    Saw's Soul Kitchen

    Saw's offers some of the most mouthwatering smoked meat in the city, served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Stuffed potatoes make a nice addition to your meal, and the smoked chicken with a tangy local white sauce is divine – although with that said, bring on the ribs!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Panama City


    Pure pleasure defines these intense tropical-fruit gelatos and rich, creamy flavors such as coffee, orange-chocolate and ginger. A few scoops of these fussy French creations will sweeten a leisurely stroll through the Casco.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in French Quarter


    Friday lunchtime is the best time to visit this revered institution for its traditional Creole cuisine. That’s when local ladies in big hats and gloves and men wearing bowties (without irony) buy copious bottles of champagne, gossip to high hell and have eight-hour boozy lunches that, in their way, have been going on forever. Dress the part; jackets are a must for men. Galatoire’s is a special place. Its interior has been frozen in time for over a century, and some families still run tabs here, a sure sign that your name rings out in the right New Orleanian social circles. If you're looking to dine on a dime (er, make that a Jackson or two) then come for lunch, when they offer – like many fine spots in the Quarter – a very nice prix-fixe special from Tuesday to Thursday. Expect to dine on old-line masterpieces and mainstays: pompano meunière (seasoned white fish), liver with bacon and onions, and the signature chicken Clemenceau. Be sure to wander around after you finish eating, as some of the back rooms here have a near-museum-like quality, offering a fascinating glimpse back into the past.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jamaica

    Little Ochie

    Little Ochie is a culinary phenomenon that, despite a cult following, refuses to sell out. Set on a slice of black-sand beach, it uses the same charcoal-blackened kitchen and scribbled chalkboard menu it has used for eons. The secret? Fish and seafood straight out of the sea, served steamed, jerked, curried, or grilled in boats on stilts under thatched awnings. You make your choice from what the fishers have just brought in, pay by weight and then elect how you want it cooked. The jerk is always a good bet, though it can be HOT. Grilled lobster and jerk parrotfish and snapper also have a dedicated following. And ‘dedicated’ is the word. Little Ochie is one of Jamaica’s few bona fide destination restaurants and has established itself as the No 1 attraction in Alligator Pond. Jamaicans drive from Kingston just to eat here; when you find yourself happily covered in scales from the fish you've just eaten, like something out of Lord of the Flies, you'll know why.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Haight & Hayes Valley

    Rich Table

    Impossible cravings begin at Rich Table, where mind-bending dishes like porcini doughnuts, sardine chips, and burrata (mozzarella and cream) funnel cake blow up Instagram feeds nightly. Married co-chefs and owners Sarah and Evan Rich riff on seasonal San Francisco cuisine with the soul of SFJAZZ stars and the ingenuity of Silicon Valley regulars. For maximum surprise factor, get the chef's menu ($99) plus wine pairing ($79). Menu signatures include Sarah's Southern food remixes – brunch magically morphs into dinner with one bite of biscuits topped with chicken-liver mousse, fried chicken skin, and maple – and Evan's handmade, east-meets-west Marco Polo pastas like sea urchin cacio e pepe (pecorino and pepper pasta). Book two to four weeks ahead online or call the restaurant directly – otherwise you'll need to arrive before 5:30pm to bide your time at the barn-wood bar, and hope for an opening before the California wine on tap runs dry.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick


    The largest foodie event in Brooklyn (perhaps the US) brings together more than 100 vendors selling an incredible array of goodness. Seize stuffed calamari or Afghan comfort food; queue for fusion inventions like ramen burgers and pizza cupcakes; or wash down Colombian arepas (cornbread sandwiches) with lavender lemonade. Locations can change, so check the website. Most vendors accept cards. Note that the site is exposed (bring sunblock in summer, rain-proof gear in poor weather). Most recently the Smorg has been held in Williamsburg (in East River State Park) on Saturday, and Prospect Park (near Lakeside) on Sunday. Record fairs, the Berg'n eating hall and offshoots in LA and Japan are also forays by the Smorg, which began as an offshoot of Brooklyn Flea.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Healdsburg

    SingleThread Farm-Restaurant-Inn

    The most ambitious project in Northern California is SingleThread, a world-class restaurant and, secondarily, an inn, where omotenashi (warm hospitality in Japanese) reigns and dishes from an 11-course tasting menu are prepared in handmade Japanese donabe (earthenware pots). The cuisine is California-Japanese and guests book tickets in advance, offering up their preferences and dietary restrictions, and the chef abides. On arrival, guests are taken to a roof to enjoy sparkling wine, canapes and 360-degree views of the countryside before sitting down to feast. The sleek space features its own fermentation tank, which local winemakers use to craft a new vintage each year, along with a boutique hotel offering five sumptuous rooms starting at $800 a night. Down the road, the owners have a 5-acre organic garden where they farm specialized Japanese produce, hens and flowers.