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The dining room at Eleven Madison Park | © djjewelz / Flickr
The dining room at Eleven Madison Park | © djjewelz / Flickr

Eleven Madison Park Was Just Crowned the World’s Best Restaurant

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NYC Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 5 April 2017
The 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was announced early this morning at a ceremony in Melbourne. At the top of the list for the first time is Eleven Madison Park, a New York City restaurant helmed by chef Daniel Humm and managed by Will Guidara.

“When Will Guidara and I began our journey as business partners, we had colossal and at times crazy ideas,” chef Humm wrote in an Instagram post. “We were fearless and laser focused. We wanted to make Eleven Madison Park a fine dining restaurant worthy of the room it sits in that feels like home-gracious, delicious, creative, warm, youthful, fun, ever evolving, magical. Little did we know those big ideas and that strong commitment to making them happen would take us onto the world’s stage (literally) in front of our colleagues, our friends, our mentors and our idols. This night has been incredible. To be recognized as the #1 restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best is not only a dream come true but an absolute highlight in this remarkable journey.”

EMP was number three on the list last year, when it also won an award for hospitality. It threw one hell of an awards after-party, with high-ranking chefs dancing on tables and showering the crowd with Champagne. (We were there.) It’s a restaurant known for its above-and-beyond service: It employs a team of “dreamweavers” who google guests prior to their arrival. A bottle of Calvados is left on the table at the end of each meal, with guests encouraged to drink as much as they like before departing with a jar of housemade granola. A meal there costs $295 for eight courses.

Osteria Francescana, which topped the list in 2016, dropped one spot to the second-place position. El Celler de Can Roca, number two last year, similarly dropped one place to third. Mirazur rose to the fourth-place position from sixth last year, bumping Central down from fourth to fifth this time around. Noma, which was number five last year, is off this year’s list entirely since it has temporarily closed to relocate the restaurant.

British chef Heston Blumenthal, of The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “It’s difficult to think of a chef who has had more of an impact on the way the world cooks than Heston Blumenthal,” says the organization, citing his influence on cooks around the globe. Virgilio Martinez of Central was given the Chef’s Choice award.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2017

1. Eleven Madison Park, New York

2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

4. Mirazur, Menton, France

5. Central, Lima

6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

7. Gaggan, Bangkok

8. Maido, Lima

9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

10. Steirereck, Vienna

11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York

12. Arpège, Paris

13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris

14. Restaurant André, Singapore

15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

16. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil

17. Le Bernardin, New York

18. Narisawa, Tokyo

19. Geranium, Copenhagen

20. Pujol, Mexico City

21. Alinea, Chicago

22. Quintonil, Mexico City

23. White Rabbit, Moscow

24. Amber, Hong Kong

25. Tickets, Barcelona

26. The Clove Club, London

27. The Ledbury, London

28. Nahm, Bangkok

29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

30. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain

31. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris

32. Attica, Melbourne

33. Astrid y Gastón, Lima

34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands

35. Septime, Paris

36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London

37. Saison, San Francisco

38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

39. Relae, Copenhagen

40. Cosme, New York

41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai

42. Boragó, Santiago

43. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy

44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia

45. Den, Tokyo

46. L’Astrance, Paris

47. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin

49. Tegui, Buenos Aires

50. Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium