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.

Name Region Feature
Congress South
The Catbird Seat South
Husk Restaurant South
Green Goddess South
Hot and Hot Fish Club South
five & ten South
Talula’s Garden Northeast Onsite Gardens
Graffiato Northeast
Menton Northeast
MOKSA Northeast
Art and Soul Northeast
Gilt at the New York Palace Hotel Northeast Large-Format Bottles
ABC Kitchen Northeast
Crown Northeast
Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina Northeast
Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant and Inn Northeast
Craigie on Main Northeast Pig Roasts
Birch & Barley Northeast
Minetta Tavern Northeast Burgers
CityZen Northeast
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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.
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