WGY just returned from an extremely very fun filled weekend at the amazing new Thompson Playa del Carmen. We were so pleasantly surprised with what Thompson Hotels has done with this property. First off, the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the service was completely on point and perfect. 0 complaints which is rare with a new property. We were even more surprised that the flight from Miami was only 1 Hour and 15 Minutes and we were already there in paradise! What a great weekend getaway!
The newly debuted, first-of-its-kind boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen, lures guests with a diverse collection of stellar dining and imbibing experiences at both its main hotel, positioned on lively La Quinta Avenida, and the more relaxed, exclusive Beach House, located a few blocks away, steps from the Caribbean Sea shore. Executive Chef Pedro Abascal, a native of Mexico, leads each distinct restaurant concept at both properties, including: CATCH Playa del Carmen, the first Mexican outpost of the famed New York City-based sea-to-table dining and nightlife concept, CATCH; Cinco, a Mexican-inspired casual eatery located on the Rooftop opposite of CATCH; and C Grill, the beachfront, Mediterranean-infused restaurant adjacent to the Beach House. We were blown away by this property and we highly recommend for a weekend getaway, honeymoon, extended vacation and more. Playa Del Carmen is a destination that has so much to offer and at the Thompson being in the center of it all, we were IMPRESSED to say the least.
CATCH Playa del Carmen
Located on the hotel’s breathtaking Rooftop, CATCH conjures a sophisticated beach-chic feel, blending the restaurant’s signature turquoise touches and breezy outdoor terrace to create the ultimate dining oasis. Guests can feast in the covered, open-air dining room or on the terrace, perched at the edge of the Rooftop overlooking downtown Playa and the Caribbean Sea. For an even more intimate experience, diners can reserve the 525 sq. ft. private dining alcove. Dramatically lined with a floor-to-ceiling wall of turquoise and silver fans, the private dining room’s unique design feature has proven to be a coveted photo opportunity since the restaurant’s opening.
Open for nightly dinner service, stand-out menu items at CATCH are a mix of favorites from the NYC flagship restaurant as well as dishes unique to the Mexican locale, including the restaurant’s Signature Cold Items, such as the Tartar Trio, Truffle Sashimi and Toro Tartar; as well as its selection of sushi rolls, such as the MRC Roll made with seared tuna, shrimp and ponzu butter; Hellfire Roll made with spicy tuna two ways, green apple, and balsamic vinegar; and Salmon Belly Carpaccio, made with watercress, pickled onion and wasabi ponzu. Popular entrees include Crispy Chicken, Herb Roasted Catch of the Day, and Picana, made with beef, charred spring onion, chimichurri, roasted potato, and kabayaki sauce. Also featured on the menu is a delectable selection of accompanying side dishes, such as Charred Cauliflower, Parmesan Truffle Fries and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. The eclectic dessert menu rounds out the dining experience, featuring the ‘Hit Me’ Chocolate Cake, a liquid ‘klondike’ with roasted white chocolate ice cream, brownie and devil’s food cake; Sticky Coconut Cake with coconut water sorbet, mango sauce and braised pineapple; and S’mores Pizza, complete with burnt marshmallow ice cream, and milk and dark chocolate.
The beverage menu features a number of Mexican-inspired cocktails utilizing native ingredients, including the signature Catch Me! cocktail, made with gin, passionfruit, lemon grass, rosemary and lime; the Kali, made with a jalapeno-infused tequila blanco, fresh-squeezed orange and lime juices, and agave nectar; and La Playa de la Reina, made with white rum, Kahlua, pineapple, and Mayan vanilla.
When dinner service ends, nightlife heats up on the hotel’s buzzing Rooftop as CATCH seamlessly transitions into an eclectic music space featuring nightly entertainment from both local and internationally-renowned DJ talent. The Rooftop also features special performances on holidays and for marquee cultural events. This past New Year’s Eve, CATCH was home to a myriad of celebrity appearances, including DJ Steve Aoki and NAS.
Cinco is the hotel’s Mexican-inspired casual restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch daily, and brunch on the weekends. The open-air restaurant and bar’s design is inspired by honey, which Chef Pedro sources from nearby Tulum. The unique honeycomb-shaped ceiling complements the beehive-inspired, rattan swinging lanterns above the dining tables. The elevated dining area just off the edge of the infinity pool offers even more captivating views of downtown Playa and the Sea.
For breakfast, Cinco offers a delicious fresh smoothie menu, which includes Berry Nectar, made with banana, blueberry, orange and agave nectar; Ginger Girl, made with strawberry, ginger, banana, orange and organic Tulum honey; and Playa Cao, made with papaya, banana, amaranth, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. For a heartier breakfast, the Chilaquiles, made ‘red’ or ‘green’ with sour cream, cojita cheese, onion and radish; Thompson Green Eggs, made with poached eggs, raw green salsa, cured nopales, Valladolid dry chorizo and quelites; and Pan-Crusted Brioche French Toast with cured plums, lemon requeson and maple syrup are among guests’ favorites.
Signature menu items during lunch service include Samurai Tacos made with grilled local fish, Oaxaca cheese, bayo beans, avocado and chipotle; Lobster Tostada with guajillo, bayo beans and pickled onion radish; and Daily Ceviche, prepared with the fresh catch-of-the-day and locally-sourced vegetables and herbs.
The rooftop also features indigenous landscaping and greenery, including a chef’s garden and ‘living wall.’ Both rooftop restaurants are in high demand for private parties, corporate events and weddings.
C Grill, a dining concept unlike any other in Playa del Carmen, is a casual, beachfront restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Offering light, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Chef Pedro serves up shareable dishes, such as the Mezze Plate with house-made hummus, babaganoush and pita; the Heirloom Tomato Salad, made with fresh tomatoes sourced from nearby Tulum; and a fresh Catch of the Day, caught just offshore each morning by Chef Pedro and his team of local fishermen, and carefully cooked over the restaurant’s rustic, open, wood-fired grill. Mezcal tastings, hand-crafted cocktails, and locally-made tequilas and beer perfectly complement each meal, which are best topped off with locally-sourced chocolate or a cup of Cobalto coffee, made with beans from local farms in Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco.
The Beach House produces weekly activations for guests to enjoy an authentic Mexican experience with cutting-edge music, and tantalizing cocktails and cuisine, all set against the picturesque backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. Weekly events include a ‘make-your-own-ceviche’ class with Chef Pedro, who teaches guests how to create delicious ceviche, made with fresh-caught fish and local citrus; a homemade sangria workshop, led by Consulting Mixologist Omar Dorantes; and oyster shucking and tastings. Chef Pedro even offers a “Catch of the Day” program where guests can join him on an interactive excursion with local fishermen where he catches fish offshore to be grilled or made into ceviche or sushi for dinner.
For an ultra-exclusive dining experience, guests are invited to experience Privada House, a social culinary affair personally hosted by Chef Pedro. The interactive dining event allows guests to see and learn firsthand about the cuisine Chef Pedro and his culinary team prepare. From tasting the Catch of the Day to pairing dishes with exclusive wines grown from Chef Pedro’s very own vineyard in Baja, Mexico, the culinary journey at Privada House will ensure memories to last a lifetime. Live music including exclusive DJs and electronic violinists will also set tone for the magical evening.
About Thompson Playa del Carmen
Thompson Playa del Carmen debuted in November 2015 as the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Playa del Carmen, complete with two locations, each offering a distinct experience and vibe. Both locations showcase the creative talents of lauded Mexican architecture firms AS Arquitectura and Sejio Peon, along with notable designers Niz + Chauvet, who together fused mid-century Mexican accents with vivid geometrics in natural wood, tile and stone to create a 1950s-inspired, glamorous Mexican oasis. The 92-room main hotel is ideally located on lively La Quinta Avenida — Playa’s two-mile, pedestrian-only thoroughfare featuring a large selection of shopping, dining and entertainment options — and Calle 12, which boasts the best bars and nightclubs in Riviera Maya. Perched atop the main hotel’s expansive, 30,000-square-foot rooftop is CATCH, the first Mexican outpost of New York City-based EMM Group’s popular dining and nightlife concept, and Cinco, an authentic, Mexican-inspired restaurant, along with a meandering infinity pool with island perches and in-water loungers, and 360-degree views of downtown Playa and the Caribbean Sea. Located just a few blocks away, the more intimate, oceanfront Beach House features 27 luxury guest rooms and suites, an exclusive pool, private cabanas and oceanfront restaurant, C Grill, and a plethora of seaside activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, diving and beachfront yoga.
We are so excited that we were able to experience this gem and now with our amazing partnership with the amazing Playa Del Carmen and the Thompson Beach House, we are able to offer our clients the best offers yet. Enjoy Playa Del Carmen and remember to give us your feedback!
WGY LUXURY PRIVILEGES AT THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN
- 20% off of the BAR Rate
- $100 resort credit one time per stay per room
- American Breakfast for 2 daily ($35 value daily)
- Early check in and Late check out (upon availability)
- Upgrade to higher category room (upon availability)
To inquire about booking a reservation at the Thompson Playa Del Carmen or the Thompson Beach House Playa Del Carmen, with the above mentioned Luxury Privileges, Please Visit:
On Friday, June 3, 2016 the Faena Theater in Miami celebrated its grand opening with the highly anticipated world premiere for C’est Rouge!, a sensual and seductive revue set in the intimate 150-seat cabaret-style theater. Blanca Li, internationally celebrated choreographer, orchestrated a fantasyland of beauty, mystery and desire told through enthralling vignettes set to Latin American and Jazz rhythms of the C’est Rouge! band. WGY was there for all of the exciting celebrations!
Hosted by Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos, the evening was enjoyed by a definitive mix from the world of art, design, film and fashion. Revelers included Len Blavatnik, Dwyane Wade, Oribe, Inés Rivero, Romero Britto, Elsa Benitez, Bhakti Baxter, Marvin Ross Friedman & Adrienne Bon Haes, Lee Brian Schrager, Ugo & Sara Colombo, David & Christy Martin, Jonathan & Criselda Breene, Chad & Ilona Oppenheim, George Lindemann, Calyann Barnett, Miky & Leticia Grendene, Kotan Fernandez & Candela Ferro, Iran Issa Khan and Harmony Korine to name a few.
C’est Rouge! guests experienced a memorable show in an enchanting setting cloaked in the grand style of European opera houses juxtaposed with the glamour of 1950s Miami. After the show, the party continued as boldfaced names and guests alike made their way to the clandestine Saxony Bar.
Alan Faena brought together a first-class artistic team, featuring Blanca Li as Director and Choreographer and Dani Morla as Artistic Director.
The fantastical late night show is now open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays with doors opening at 9:30pm and shows starting at 10:30pm at the Faena Theater located on 32nd street and Collins Avenue. Tickets are on sale beginning at $45 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com.
Please see link for images of the event: https://goo.gl/RHZT5z.
The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to be held from May 11 – 22 , 2016. Australian director George Miller has been announced as the President of the Jury for the main competition. French actor Laurent Lafitte has been announced as the host for the opening and closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director Naomi Kawase would serve as the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president.
Please find the below screening schedule:
12th of May:
screening at 15:30 – SIERANEVADA
Director: CRISTI PUIU, Stars: Andi Vasluianu, Mimi Branescu, Bogdan Dumitrache
screening at 19:30 – MONEY MONSTER
Director: JODIE FOSTER, Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell
screening at 22:30 – RESTER VERTICAL [STAYING VERTICAL]
Director: ALAIN GUIRAUDIE, Stars: Damien Bonnard, Christian Bouillette, Laure Calamy
13th of May:
screening at 18:30 – MA LOUTE [SLACK BAY]
Director: BRUNO DUMONT, Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
screening at 21:30 – I, DANIEL BLAKE [MOI, DANIEL BLAKE]
Director: KEN LOACH, Stars: Hayley Squires, Micky McGregor, Dave Johns
screening at 23:45 – BU-SAN-HAENG [TRAIN TO BUSAN]
Director: YEON SANG-HO
14th of May:
screening at 15:00 – TONI ERDMANN
Director: MAREN ADE, Stars: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Lucy Russell
screening at 19:00 – THE BFG [LE BGG – LE BON GROS GÉANT]
Director: STEVEN SPIELBERG, Stars: Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance
screening at 22:00 – MADEMOISELLE [AGASSI | THE HANDMAIDEN]
Director: PARK CHAN-WOOK,Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Min-hee Kim, Jin-woong Jo
15th of May:
screening at 15:30 – AMERICAN HONEY
Director: ANDREA ARNOLD, Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi
screening at 19:30 – MAL DE PIERRES [FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON]
Director: NICOLE GARCIA, Stars: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl
screening at 22:30 – THE NICE GUYS [THE NICE GUYS – L.A. DETECTIVES]
Director: SHANE BLACK, Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling
16th of May:
screening at 16:00 – PATERSON
Director: JIM JARMUSCH, Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Kara Hayward
screening at 19:00 – LOVING
Director: JEFF NICHOLS, Stars: Michael Shannon
, Joel Edgerton, Marton Csokas
screening at 22:00 – HANDS OF STONE
Director: JONATHAN JAKUBOWICZ, Stars: Robert De Niro, Ana de Armas, Edgar Ramírez
17th of May:
screening at 16:00 – AQUARIUS
Director: KLEBER MENDONÇA FILHO, Stars: Sonia Braga, Irandhir Santos, Maeve Jinkings
screening at 19:30 – JULIETA
Director: PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao
screening at 22:00 – PERSONAL SHOPPER
Director: OLIVIER ASSAYAS, Stars: Kristen Stewart, Anders Danielsen Lie, Lars Eidinger
18th of May:
screening at 16:00 – MA’ ROSA
Director: BRILLANTE MENDOZA, Stars: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Andi Eigenmann
screening at 19:00 – LA FILLE INCONNUE [THE UNKNOWN GIRL]
Director: JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE, LUC DARDENNE, Stars: Adèle Haenel, Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet
screening at 22:00 – GOKSUNG [THE STRANGERS | THE WAILING]
Director: NA HONG-JIN, Stars: Woo-hee Chun, Jo Han-Chul, Jeong-min Hwang
19th of May:
screening at 18:30 – BACALAUREAT [GRADUATION]
Director: CRISTIAN MUNGIU, Stars: Adrian Titian, Maria-Victoria Drags, Lia Bugnar
screening at 22:00 – JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD]
Director: XAVIER DOLAN, Stars: Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Nathalie Baye
screening at 24:00 – GIMME DANGER
Director: JIM JARMUSCH, Stars: Iggy Pop
20th of May:
screening at 19:00 – THE LAST FACE
Director: SEAN PENN, Stars: Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos
screening at 22:30 – THE NEON DEMON
Director: NICOLAS WINDING REFN, Stars: Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning
21h of May:
screening at 18:30 – ELLE
Director: PAUL VERHOEVEN, Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel
screening at 22:00 – FORUSHANDE [LE CLIENT | THE SALESMAN]
Director: ASGHAR FARHADI, Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
screening at 24:00 – BLOOD FATHER
Director: JEAN-FRANÇOIS RICHET, Stars: Elisabeth Röhm, Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty
22th of May, 19:00, CLOTHING CEREMONY awarding of the winners
Should you require any additional information or for bookings to any of the screenings, please contact WGY at 888-949-0808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Extraordinary snow conditions allow for extra skiing and snowboarding.
With nearly two feet of snow in the last week, 25 feet so far this season and powder in the forecast, Vail Mountain will extend its scheduled closing date for
the 2015/2016 winter season one week to April 17. The annual Spring Back to Vail event will occur as scheduled April 8-10, including a free concert at Solaris showcasing Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Friday night and the World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday at the base of Golden Peak.
“Our snow conditions have just continued to get better and better throughout the month and we’ve had some of the best skiing and snowboarding of the year in the past couple of weeks,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Vail Mountain, “It’s too good right now not to stay open and give our passholders the gift of another week to get out and enjoy what has been an amazing season at Vail.”
There’s still time to get one more trip in this spring. The extended season offers local and destination travelers the opportunity to book travel for one final winter ski getaway. Book online at www.vail.com/lodging. All 2015-2016 Vail Resorts season passes will continue to be valid during the extended week.
During closing week Vail plans to provide skiers and snowboarders access to the majority of the Front Side of the mountain as well as Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls, more than 2,500 acres of terrain. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4p.m.
VAIL SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL
The Vail Ski & Snowboard School will be open for private lessons only based out of Lionshead and Vail Village. Reservations recommended for ski school. Please call, (970)754-4300
Dining will be available at Mid-Vail, Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Buffalo’s.
Take advantage of incredible rates on lodging, as low as $139 per night, through April 17! Check out the Extended Season Special for more information.
RENEW YOUR SEASON PASS BY AP
RIL 10TH FOR THE BEST PRICE AND SIX BUDDY TICKETS
Skiers can already begin to plan for 2016-2017. The Epic Pass and Epic Local passes returns for the 2016-2017 season, giving Colorado skiers the best value at the best Colorado Resorts. Purchasing before April 10th lock unlocks Buddy Tickets – providing six discounted single day lift tickets. With just one pass, guests are ready to explore more than 32,000 acres of terrain across 13 world-class resorts in the U.S. and abroad – including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Please visit EpicPass.com to purchase the Epic Pass or to learn about all Epic Pass options, such as Epic 7-Day, Epic 4-Day and Epic Local passes. Guests can turn in their day lift tickets this spring and apply the cost towards the price of their pass for next season. Renew now to lock in next season.
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For most people, traveling in style across Europe is just a pipe dream, and because of that, many travelers never get to indulge in the extravagance of the high life. In Barcelona however, opulence isn’t limited to the wealthy, as travel writer Sònia Graupera explains to one of National Geographic’s correspondents: “[hotel prices in the city] are still very reasonable, compared to Paris, London, or Milan.”
In the past few years, international chains have expanded in Spain’s second largest city, which worries many budget travelers as boutique hotels have probably upped their costs now that Barcelona is drawing in a higher-earning clientele. But from Sònia’s experience from writing travel pieces about the city, she assures that the family-owned boutique hotels have maintained their affordable pricing.
One of these boutique hotels is the futuristic looking Room Mate Emma, which have decently priced rooms as well as suites with with private terraces. Not too far off from this hotel’s area is The5Rooms, with each of its rooms designed with a different feel. Perhaps the coziest room they have is one that is decked out with bare brick wall and romantic lighting.
For nightlife, travelers will probably check out the city’s bars and clubs, however hopping from place to place in the nightclub district could end disastrously with you spending more than you planned. An alternative to a fancy night out without blowing your savings is by heading over to Casino Barcelona, one of Europe’s finest gambling facilities designed by architect Frank Gehry.
The casino boasts one of the most stunning views of the Mediterraean, and invites all kinds of gamblers to take advantage of their extensive selection of games. These days, many choose to play their casino games online, as many portals are able to provide a bigger selection of games. Gala Casino, in fact, releases new games every week, giving a choice of nearly 400 games that are playable across a variety of devices. While they can’t hope to have the same diversity and variety of games, land-based casinos still uphold a certain kind of elegance and luxury that people still find appealing. Hence why Casino Barcelona is still one of the most revered gaming spots in the world.
After trying your luck at the regular cash games, head over to one of many establishments surrounding the casino and have a cocktail while listening to some live music. The selection of bars and restaurants saves you from having to pay for cab fares between bars and separate entrance fees.
With the diversity of accommodations and entertainment hubs offered, Barcelona makes it possible for you travel luxuriously without spending a fortune.
What’s the greatest restaurant in the world? Top chefs and those who fork over their fortunes to eat their food are fascinated with the question. Now a new ranking has emerged to provide some extra fodder to the debate.
According to La Liste, a group convened by the France’s Foreign Minister and supported by the country’s tourism board, the top restaurant in the world is the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland. New York City’s Per Se has grabbed the number two spot, according to the new ranking. Tokyo’s Kyo Aji comes in third.
The ranking’s creators shared their global top 10 and top 100 American restaurants with TIME.
Top 10 Best Restaurants in the World
|RANK||LA LISTE SCORE||RESTAURANT||LOCATION|
|1||82.35||Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville||Switzerland, Crissier|
|2||82.30||Per Se||United States, New York|
|3||82.00||Kyo Aji||Japan, Tokyo|
|4||81.44||Guy Savoy||France, Paris|
|6||81.17||El Celler de Can Roca||Spain, Girona|
|8||79.81||Maison Troisgros||France, Roanne|
|9||79.80||Auberge du Vieux Puits||France, Fontjoncouse|
|10||79.77||Joël Robuchon||Japan, Yebisu Garden Place|
American Restaurants Ranked
|U.S. RANK||RANK LA LISTE||LA LISTE SCORE||RESTAURANT||CITY||STATE|
|1||2||82.30||Per Se||New York||NY|
|2||20||77.44||Le Bernardin||New York||NY|
|4||241||68.83||Eleven Madison Park||New York||NY|
|5||268||68.29||Joël Robuchon||Las Vegas||NV|
|7||282||68.05||The Restaurant at Meadowood||St Helena||CA|
|9||312||67.31||The French Laundry||Yountville||CA|
|19||474||63.74||Momofuku Ko||New York||NY|
|21||511||62.68||Del Posto||New York||NY|
|22||533||62.21||Guy Savoy||Las Vegas||NV|
|24||553||61.74||Kyo Ya||New York||NY|
|26||555||61.58||The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room||Washington||VA|
|27||559||61.50||Sushi Nakazawa||New York||NY|
|28||560||61.47||Sushi Yasuda||New York||NY|
|29||563||61.42||Cafe Boulud||New York||NY|
|30||566||61.33||The Modern||New York||NY|
|37||622||59.79||Twist by Pierre Gagnaire||Las Vegas||NV|
|41||644||59.39||Chef’s Table Brooklyn Fare||New York||NY|
|44||681||58.49||Blue Hill||New York||NY|
|45||685||58.41||Ai Fiori||New York||NY|
|48||695||58.27||Gramercy Tavern||New York||NY|
|53||735||57.40||Gary Danko||San Francisco||CA|
|54||742||57.22||Atelier Crenn||San Francisco||CA|
|56||775||56.33||Gotham Bar and Grill||New York||NY|
|57||795||56.06||Frasca Food and Wine||Boulder||CO|
|58||805||55.83||Auberge du Soleil Restaurant||Rutherford||CA|
|68||848||55.01||Blue Hill at Stone Barns||Tarrytown||NY|
|69||853||54.91||Michael Mina||San Francisco||CA|
|72||868||54.28||L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon||Las Vegas||NV|
|76||887||53.98||Victoria & Albert’s||Orlando||FL|
|78||894||53.75||Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek||Dallas||TX|
|80||902||53.57||Colicchio & Sons||New York||NY|
|82||909||53.47||minibar by José Andres||Washington||DC|
|83||912||53.40||Le Cirque||New York||NY|
|84||914||53.35||La Belle Vie||Minneapolis||MN|
|86||930||52.79||Le Cirque||Las Vegas||NV|
|87||933||52.75||Chefs Club by Food & Wine||Aspen||CO|
|89||939||52.50||Dining Room at Blantyre||Lenox||MA|
|91||951||52.30||Campton Place Restaurant||San Francisco||CA|
|92||957||52.17||Commander’s Palace||New Orleans||LA|
|93||962||51.94||Cut by Wolfgang Puck (Beverly Hills)||Beverly Hills||CA|
|95||979||50.83||Ame restaurant||San Francisco||CA|
|97||984||50.36||Cafe Boulud Palm Beach||Palm Beach||FL|
Devoted five-star diners will note that only one restaurant in La Liste’s top 10 can be found on the current leading ranking of top restaurants, the World’s 50 Best list. And there’s good reason. No French restaurant has broken into the top 10 of that list, sponsored by water-maker San Pellegrino, in the last four years. La Liste featured three French restaurants in its top ten. France’s exclusion from the upper rungs of the World’s 50 Best has angered leading French cultural figures proud of their country’s culinary tradition. Partly in response to this disappointment, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius launched the new initiative to promote French tourism and fine dining.
“The angle was not to promote French [restaurants] per se,” says La Liste’s Antoine Ribaut, “but to be objective, because we trust we have the good fine dining.” Ribaut says the World’s 50 Best list is not objective. Several media outlets have pointed out that the lack of transparency does raise questions about how that list, sponsored by San Pellegrino, is decided. (Ribaut has consulted for Time Inc. His father Jean-Claude, the long-time food critic for Le Monde, contributed to the project.)
“Given that this list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe,” the World’s 50 Best says on the organization’s web site.
“The thing with 50 Best is that the French were underrepresented, for sure,” Antoine Ribaut says, “but the reason why they were underrepresented was because there was a murky financial pressure for restaurants.” The funding for La Liste, it should be noted, came largely from private French cultural institutions. Swiss food giant Nestle is also a supporter.
Unlike the World’s 50 Best list, which is drawn from private surveys of chefs and those who frequent leading restaurants, La Liste is sourced from publicly available data, aggregating scores from 200 food guides and online review sites to produce what it hopes will be seen as an accurate, unbiased report of the best in the world.
The ranking is based on scores and reviews from a wide range of international sources: Michelin stars, yes, but also New York Times and Washington Post reviews, Zagat and Yelp ratings, Forbes and AAA travel guides and James Beard awards in the U.S., plus the cultural equivalents of these institutions in other countries (with help from foreign advisers).
Ribaut and his team then created an algorithm to assign these scores a value on a scale of 100; food factored in as 80% of the score, while ambiance, décor and wine combined factored in as 20%. If there was a positive review that didn’t include a numeric score, Ribaut counted it as a small bonus.
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