Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Topolobampo/Frontera Grill

You’ve probably seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. His isn’t your typical taco menu: Bayless uses seasonal, sustainable ingredients for his…
Top Choice Fusion in Waipouli

JO2

Flavors are subtle, fresh, familiar yet inventive at the latest kitchen launched by Wolfgang Puck contemporary, Jean Marie Josselin. His focus is all-natural cuisine crafted from the best seafood and vegetables avai…
Top Choice International in Midtown

Catbird Seat

For the 22 lucky diners perched around his open kitchen, chef Ryan Poli choreographs an unforgettable 10-course dining experience with his impeccably polished cast and crew. Be prepared to interact with Poli and his…
Top Choice Seafood in Midtown

Le Bernardin

The interiors may have been subtly sexed-up for a 'younger clientele' (the stunning storm-themed triptych is by Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner), but triple-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin remains a luxe, fine-dining holy …
Top Choice Seafood in Paʻia

Mama’s Fish House

Mama’s is a South Seas dream: superb food, top-notch service and a gorgeous seaside setting. The fish is literally fresh off the boat – they’ll even tell you who caught it. The eclectic building successfully integra…
Top Choice Japanese in Midtown

Totto Ramen

There might be another two branches in Midtown, but purists know that neither beats the tiny, 20-seat original. Write your name and number of guests on the clipboard and wait your turn. Your reward: extraordinary ra…
Top Choice Modern American in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, Alinea brings on multiple courses of mind-bending molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, a la duck served with a ‘pillow of lave…
Top Choice American in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Blue Hill

A place for slow-food junkies with deep pockets, Blue Hill was an early crusader in the 'Local is Better' movement. Gifted chef Dan Barber, who hails from a farm family in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, uses harvest…
Top Choice Modern American in Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

Eleven Madison Park

Fine-dining Eleven Madison Park came in at number five in the 2015 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Frankly, we’re not surprised: this revamped poster child of modern, sustainable American cooking is…
Top Choice Barbecue in East Austin

Franklin Barbecue

This famous BBQ joint only serves lunch, and only till it runs out – usually well before 2pm. In fact, to avoid missing out, you should join the line - and there will be a line – by 10am (9am on weekends). Just trea…