35 of the World's Best

In celebration of American Way's 35th Anniversary, we askedrenowned critic John Mariani, food editor for Esquireand James Beard Award winner, to give us one amazing place tocelebrate each year of operation. As he says, greatness needs time,and some worthy contenders are too recently opened, or the chef isgreat and the restaurant isn't, or other numerous factors. Read onfor those that made his A-list.

United States

Seeger's, (404) 846-9779
A chef of great, rare talent, Guenter Seeger combines
German traditions with French refinement and American modernity tosupernal effect.

Commander's Palace, (504) 899-8231
The omnipresent Brennan family operates New Orleans' finest andmost crusading Creole restaurant, famous for its hospitality,strong drinks, and bonhomie.

Daniel, (212) 288-0033
Widely considered the finest chef in New York, Daniel Boulud setsthe culinary standards anywhere for 21st-century French cuisine.Opulent and glamorous.

The Four Seasons, (212) 754-9494
Very high-class, very well-mannered, and very upscale New York, setin Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building, and filled withgreat artwork. The Grill Room is for the power lunch, the Pool Roomfor romance.

Le Bernardin, (212) 489-1515
Arguably the greatest French seafood restaurant in the world withits impeccable treatment of American species. Gorgeous dining roomwith an elegant motif.

Le Cirque 2000, (212) 303-7788
Society, celebs, and serious eaters congregate here nightly forfine French and Italian food.

San Domenico, (212) 265-5959
Chef Odette Fada's finesse with contemporary Italian cooking andowners Tony and Marisa May's smart service make this a unique NewYork experience.