Manhattan French Restaurant Takes Top Food Honors in New Zagat Guide

By Ben Fractenberg on October 6, 2010 10:08am 

The Gramercy Tavern was voted most popular restaurant in Manhattan in the new Zagat guide.
The Gramercy Tavern was voted most popular restaurant in Manhattan in the new Zagat guide.
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Gramercy Tavern/Ellen Silverman

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Looking for the perfect place to eat?

The new Zagat 2011 restaurant guide is in, and a Manhattan French seafood spot took top honors.

Le Bernardin on West 51st Street earned a 29 for food, the first restaurant in the city to get a near-perfect score (ratings of 26 to 30 are reserved for food deemed to be in the category of "extraordinary to perfection") since Bouley pulled it off in 2006, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Gramercy Tavern took the prize for most popular restaurant for the sixth time in 10 years, Zagat’s said on their website.

The top new eatery was Maialino in the Gramercy Park Hotel.

The guide also added food truck vendors for the first time. The top trucks included Manhattan’s Wafels & Dinges and Street Sweets.

Brooklyn also fared well. Williamsburg’s Fette Sau won for best barbecue, and Peter Luger’s took top steak honors for the 27th year in a row.

If you want to meet the man behind it all, Tim Zagat will be at Zabar’s October 7 signing copies of the new book.

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