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So, the world’s 50 best restaurants were published yesterday by the website world50best.com

Interestingly there are only 2 Italian restaurants in the list showing that either Italians are not doing a very good job of getting out there and promoting their fine dining or that restauranteurs in dear old Italia have been resting on their laurels a little too long and need to get out there and modernise the experience.

The UK, in fact, jestingly regarded by Italians as the nadir of cooking actually has one more listed restaurant than Italy thanks no doubt to the amazing renaissance that dining has had in the country in the past two decades or so.

Overall the USA has the largest number of fine dining establishments followed by Mediterranean princess, Spain.

These are the top 10:

Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

 Mugaritz, San Sebastiàn, Spain
D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
Per Se, New York, USA
Alinia, Chicago, USA
Arzak, San Sebastiàn, Spain
Eleven Madison Park, New York USA
Needless to say I’m going to print out the list and after an accurate analysis of my travel and food budget try to eat my way through some of these, but as I think it might not be such an easy task I hope to hear comments and experiences from you!
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An absolute must-try for all those that love oysters and want to experience NY’s sophisticated charm.

The Grand Central Oyster Bar was culinary stop number 1 on our recent trip to the Big Apple.

The station itself is, well, grand. The ceilings are amazingly  high and you get a sense of suspended labyrinth as you walk over and under its arches.

The Oyster bar is tucked away in a corner, under low vaults. The ambience is brighter than my photos would suggest although definitely cosy.

In spite of the location and specialty it’s an unpretentious sort of chic and you can choose to eat along the  common ‘canteen style’ tables (which we went for) or a private table adorned with ‘taverna’ style red and white check table cloths. Either way it is easy to find privacy in a city where people are used to minding their own business.

The choice in oysters is far beyond what I and Mr Towers understand. We simply chose some from the East and some from the West coast and found we significantly preferred the latter. East coast ones were also more knobbly. They were served with usual accompaniments of tabasco, lemon and vinegar/onion sauce. To round off our meal we also had a fresh and flavoursome tuna carpaccio.

Grand Central Oyster Bar

Atmosphere: understated Chic for those that regularly dine on oysters

Food: Fishy obviously

Price: Not less than 60USD

Would we go back? Another trip, another visit

http://www.oysterbarny.com/

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