Only one restaurant in New York City appears on the list.
Today, Yelp released its 2018 list of the best places to eat in America. Keep in mind, these are not the restaurants where you’ll necessarily find the best food you ever tasted, or the best service you’ve ever experienced. These are the restaurants that people who have Yelp accounts—and the time and dedication to use them—loved the most.
You’ll find a plethora of delis, bakeries, cafes, and sandwich shops on the list, but you’ll find very few fine dining establishments. There are only two restaurants in New York on the entire list as well, which might surprise people who know this city to be one of the best in the world for food.
According to Yelp, the company compiled the list by looking for the restaurants with the most, and the highest rated, reviews. No professional restaurant critics or health inspectors here, just the honest opinions of the real people who have eaten at these restaurants and happened to enjoy the experience enough to write a Yelp review about it. As in the case with most reviews, these are completely subjective. Maybe a Yelp reviewer had a good experience once or hasn't tried barbeque outside of his hometown. We'll let you be the judge of whether or not the list is reliable.
As Yelp points out on its blog, the restaurants on this list are those that are considered the most popular on the site, so you shouldn’t be too offended if you’re favorite local restaurant didn’t make the cut. Maybe the people who eat there just aren’t the Yelp-reviewing type. And hey, this means that if you want to see your favorite spots make the cut next year, all you have to do is sign up for Yelp, make all your friends sign up for Yelp, and start writing those reviews.
Here are the top ten restaurants on the list. Maybe you’ll recognize one from your hometown. Want to see every restaurant that made the cut? You can find the full ranking here.
- TKB Bakery & Deli – Indio, CA
- Little Miss BBQ – Phoenix, AZ
- Aviva by Kameel – Atlanta, GA
- Yo-Way – Gardena, CA
- Arun’s Indian Kichen – Coral Springs, FL
- Mr & Mrs Bun – Miami, FL
- Frenchman’s Cafe – Kailua-Kona, HI
- Fratellino – Coral Gables, FL
- Ciao! Pizza And Pasta – Chelsea, MA
- Blues City Deli – Saint Louis, MO
Update 2/21: A previous version of this article stated that there is only one restaurant in New York on the final list. There are two.