There are a number of firsts in our 2012 Dining Survey:
• For the first time since our survey began in 2008, a restaurant other than the French Laundry has been crowned the best in the U.S.
• There are more restaurants in the Top 100 serving progressive cuisine than serving French cuisine.
• While New York remains the country’s number one location for fine dining, San Francisco is now rivaling Chicago for second place.
• Restaurants featuring Asian cuisines make up more than 20% of the Top 100 list.
• Counter seating where chefs serve their customers directly is becoming more popular, with five non-Asian restaurants on the list employing the format.
• Seven chefs accomplished the amazing feat of earning multiple spots on the Top 100 list: Grant Achatz, Jose Andres, Dan Barber, Sean Brock, David Chang, Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck.