50 best Restaurants 2016: Niko Romito among the top 100
50 best Restaurants 2016: Niko Romito among the top 100

Jeffrey Merrihue's favorite, the man who has ate in all the restaurants of the 50 Best Restaurants, is Asador Etxebarri (# 13 in 2015), located in the small village of Axpe, 45 minutes southeast of Bilbao, Spain, where Victor Arguinzoniz reinvented the concept of European barbecue by smoking everything, even butter.

A credible point of view is that of the founder of Foodie Hub, a network of gastronomic experts present in 275 cities around the world: who among us can say that we have done the same?

Having eaten in each of the restaurants in the ranking of the 50 best in the world, or allegedly (the annual list born from an idea of the English magazine Restaurant Magazine and assembled on the basis of the judgment of 837 experts in the sector is highly criticized, there are even those who have asked for a boycott with a lot of petition) puts Merrihue in an enviable condition.

When he says that the evaporation of ostentatious luxury is the most obvious international trend, we must believe him. For example, only one restaurant in the 50 Best Restaurants still displays candlesticks, while, surprisingly, only seven retain the white tablecloths.

Different in criteria from the Michelin Guide, not very Franco-centric and less fond of glitz, the ranking despite the criticism of the voting mechanism, has managed to create a community of friends among the chefs who often visit their respective restaurants in search of new ideas.

Another oddity of the 50 Best Restaurants is that returns next June 13th moving for the first time from London to New York: the organizers expand the classic up to 100th place, in spite of the name. And just today, surprisingly, they released the list from 51st to 100th position.

The only Italian presence Niko Romito: the chef from Abruzzo makes his debut at number 84 with the Reale Casadonna restaurant in Castel di Sangro.

For the rest, the collapse of the luxurious Per sé in New York is noteworthy, recently crushed by the New York Times and dropped by 12 seats, while the Parisian neo-bistro Le Chateaubriand plummeted by 53 places (who knows what chef Inaki Aizpitarte may have combined), and even 74 the Brazilian restaurant Mani, led by Helena Rizzo, already awarded the title of best female chef by the 50 Best.

He also suspects the absence of the Combal. Zero di Rivoli (Turin), in 2015 in position number 65. The absence from the ranking would outline for Davide Scabin a kind of annus horribilis after the Michelin Guide raised one star to the restaurant, which went from two to one star.

Here is the complete list of positions from number 51 to 100 in the 50 Best 2016

51. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil

52. Per Se, New York, USA

53. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium

54. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

55. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

56. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey

57. L’Astrance, Paris, France

58. Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée, Paris, France

59. Martín Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain

60. Hedone, London, UK

61. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway

62. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine Sous Montreuil, France

63. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany

64. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

65. Brae, Birregurra, Australia

65. Lyle's, London, UK

67. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, USA

68. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina

69. Epicure, Paris, France

70. Burnt Ends, Singapore, Singapore

71. Daniel, New York, USA

72. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France

73. Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium

74. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France

75. Twins, Moscow, Russia

76. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa

77. Den, Tokyo, Japan

78. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal

79. Diverxo, Madrid, Spain

80. The Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris, Paris, France

81. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA

82. Hajime, Osaka, Japan

83. Manresa, Los Gatos, USA

84. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy

85. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA

86. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China

87. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India

88. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, Germany

89. Benu, San Francisco, USA (Tie)

89. Zuma, Dubai, UAE

91. St John, London, UK

92. Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan

93. Daniel Berlin, Skåne Tranås, Sweden

94. Bras, Laguiole, France

95. L'Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan

96. Cosme, New York, USA

97. Momofuku Ko, New York, USA

98. Quay, Sydney, Australia

99. La Petite Maison, Dubai, UAE

100. Chestnaya Kuhnya, Moscow, Russia

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