OpenTable ‘reviewers’ pick top trend-influencing restaurants

New York is still the place to scout for tomorrow’s restaurant trends and what’s appealing to hardcore dining-out fans, according to the citizen reviewers who offer post-meal assessments via OpenTable.

The reservation service’s just-released list of the best dining options for food fanatics cites 12 places from the Empire State, compared with 11 from California and nine from Texas. Minnesota and Oregon rounded out the Top Five with eight each.

The 100-restaurant list did not include a single establishment from 28 states.

The list, 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America, was compiled by OpenTable from what it says were 5 million reviews of 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states.

Included were such professional critics’ favorites as Al’s Place in San Francisco and Parachute in Chicago.

Nine of the 12 New York restaurants were located in New York City, though the borough of Brooklyn claimed more entries than Manhattan. Others were located in Buffalo (Toutant) and St. James (The Trattoria).

Here's the complete list:

Aatxe - San Francisco, California
Acorn - Denver, Colorado
Al's Place - San Francisco, California
Alchemy Restaurant and Bar - Ashland, Oregon
All Purpose - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
AQUAGRILL - New York, New York
Aviary - Portland, Oregon
Bar Avignon - Portland, Oregon
Beast - Portland, Oregon
Bibou - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birch - Los Angeles, California
Blackbelly Market - Boulder, Colorado
Brewer's Table - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Castagna - Portland, Oregon
Centrolina - Washington, D.C.
Corner Table - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Crudo - Phoenix, Arizona
Cúrate - Asheville, North Carolina
Cypress - Tallahassee, Florida
D'Vine Bar - Sparkill, New York
Dirt Candy - New York, New York
Dover - Brooklyn, New York
Fat Rice - Chicago, Illinois
Fig & Olive - Washington, D.C.
Foreign & Domestic - Austin, Texas
Garland - Raleigh, North Carolina
goosefoot - Chicago, Illinois
Grove - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Heirloom - Charlotte, North Carolina
ink. - Los Angeles, California
Inovasi - Lake Bluff, Illinois
joan's in the Park - Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Kitchen - Boulder, Colorado
L'Opossum - Richmond, Virginia
La Cuchara - Baltimore, Maryland
La Fresca - Minneapolis, Minnesota
La Vara - Brooklyn, New York
Lenoir Restaurant - Austin, Texas
Local Roots - Roanoke, Virginia
Luksus - Brooklyn, New York
Maison Premiere - Brooklyn, New York
Manresa - Los Gatos, California
Marigold Kitchen - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
mfk. - Chicago, Illinois
mkt. - Seattle, Washington
Modern Love - Omaha, Nebraska
Niche - Clayton, Missouri
Noord - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nostrano - Madison, Wisconsin
Oakhart Social - Charlottesville, Virginia
Octavia - San Francisco, California
Odd Duck - Austin, Texas
Odys and Penelope - Los Angeles, California
olea - New Haven, Connecticut
Ophelia's - Denver, Colorado
The Palace - San Francisco, California
Parachute - Chicago, Illinois
Park Kitchen - Portland, Oregon
The Peached Tortilla - Austin, Texas
Piccolo - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Playground - Santa Ana, California
the plimoth - Denver, Colorado
Pok Pok NY - Brooklyn, New York
Poppy - Seattle, Washington
The Populist - Denver, Colorado
Posh - Scottsdale, Arizona
Publico - St. Louis, Missouri
Qui Restaurant - Austin, Texas
Rebelle - New York, New York
Renata - Portland, Oregon
Republic - Detroit, Michigan
Restaurant 213 - Fruitland, Maryland
Sac-a-Lait - New Orleans, Louisiana
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Salty Sow - Austin, Texas
Santa Monica Yacht Club SMYC - Santa Monica, California
Sarma - Somerville, Massachusetts
Senti - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Shaya - New Orleans, Louisiana
ShinBay - Scottsdale, Arizona
Soto - Cedar Park, Texas
Spoon and Stable - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Spur Gastropub - Seattle, Washington
Square Root - New Orleans, Louisiana
Tallulah's - Seattle, Washington
TETE Charcuterie - Chicago, Illinois
Toutant - Buffalo, New York
Townsman - Boston, Massachusetts
The Trattoria - Saint James, New York
Tray Kitchen - Seattle, Washington
Uchi - Austin, Texas
Uchi - Dallas, Texas
Uptown Billiards Club - Portland, Oregon
Valette - Healdsburg, California
Vedge - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Veritas Tavern - Delaware, Ohio
Vinateria - New York, New York
Will BYOB - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Woods Hill Table - Concord, Massachusetts
ZZest Market & Café - Rochester, Minnesota

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