Wine Enthusiast 2012 100 Best Restaurants in America

We've combed the nation for the ultimate wine-centric dining establishments. So what does it take to make the cut for our America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants list? These superlative hot spots have established themselves as standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service. Along with our picks, the following pages are filled with exclusive chef and sommelier interviews, delectable recipes, top trends and wine bottles to savor. There's something for every taste. Click on the regions on the map below to find out which restaurants made it on the list.

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ABC Kitchen


The cuisine is seasonal American, with an emphasis on the farm-to-table movement.

New York City
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(212) 475-5829
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The wine program is centered on organic, local and biodynamic offerings.
Perfect Pairing
"We love to pair our Chiroubles, chilled, with Soft-shell Crab with a Hot Chili Sweet-and-Sour Glaze. Even though it is a red, we keep it chilled and it’s the perfect gateway into the spring seafood dishes.”
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Crab Toast with Lemon Aioli on Toasted Sullivan Street Bakery Bread and Sea Bass with Herbs, Market Potatoes and Spinach are favorites among guests."
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Beaux Frères Vintage Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) 2009
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Antiyal Red (Maipo Valley) 2008
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Bergström Sigrid Chardonnay (Willamette Valley) 2009
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Jean Georges
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Wine's Face Changing
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

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Element of Surprise

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