A popular annual list of America’s best restaurants has been released for the 11th year, and you can forget about the plaudits that critics and experts regularly shower on New York’s culinary scene like so much hand-harvested sea salt – the average diner seems to be far less than impressed.
In fact, Yelp’s Top 100 Best Places to Eat in America for 2024 is just one: count it! – an obscure Midtown East restaurant to represent the Big Apple’s wealth of culinary options, focusing instead on California and the Sun Belt. Golden State landed 18 spots on the list, followed by Florida with 13 offers.
“Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat list celebrates must-try local restaurants across the United States,” said Tara Lewis, Yelp Trends Expert. “This year’s list embraces the unique tastes of our users and highlights the beloved hidden gems of local communities.”
Taking the top spot is Tumerico, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. Chef and owner Wendy Garcia reportedly started out selling tamales at a local farmers market.
“Yelpers regularly monitor the board menu which changes daily based on seasonal availability, like salsa made with Tucson-grown chiltepin peppers and pitaya (Mexican dragon fruit) or nopalitos (made with prickly pear) “, explains the announcement of the investigation. .
The site, driven by user-generated content, is now in its 20th year. The list is created by analyzing countless reviews, but is ultimately finalized by Yelp’s “community managers,” who interact with both Yelp’s star reviewers — known as Yelp Elite — and business owners. local businesses.
Second on the list is Menya Rui, a ramen restaurant in St. Louis, third is Sunny Side Kitchen, a breakfast restaurant in Escondido, California, and fourth is an Ethiopian restaurant, GS Cafe, in the Inland California Empire.
The only entrance from New York is at number 47 – CHILI, on E. 37th St. between Fifth and Madison is one of several Sichuan-style restaurants popping up in Midtown in recent years.
The 10 Best Restaurants in the United States in 2024
Tumerico, Tucson, Arizona.
Menya Rui, St. Louis, MO
Sunny Side Kitchen, Escondido, California.
GS Café and Ethiopian Cuisine, Covina, California.
Fratellino, Coral Gables
Broken Mouth, Los Angeles
Adela’s Country Eatery, Kaneohe, HI
Sierra Subs and Salads, Three Rivers, CA.
Geno’s Deli Stop N Buy, San Antonio
Uncle Al’s, Agoura Hills, CA.
The list deliberately steers away from fine dining: According to the site, more than 85 percent of the restaurants on the list will feed you for less than $30 per person.
Yelp’s Gotham gaffe comes as guidebook publisher Time Out’s globe-trotting followers named New York the best city in the world for 2024.
“While no city is perfect, the results speak for themselves: Despite some of its challenges, New Yorkers love their city for what it is,” said Shaye Weaver, editor in chief of Time. Out, to the Post.