I’ve eaten at 45 restaurants on the list. With only a handful of exceptions (Shibumi, Mayura, Little Sister, Rice Bar, and Langer’s), I would say I like the restaurants on the list, and it contains most of my favorites. So I think it’s a pretty good list.
I feel there are some restaurants that clearly should have made the list but did not. These restaurants are:
Urasawa. One of the finest dining experiences in the U.S. The meal can be criticized for over-indulgence and lack of balance, but the quality is exceptionally high. I get that it’s expensive, but so are many of the other restaurants on this list. Urasawa would be in my top 5 for sure. I’d probably put it #1.
Mori Sushi. It saddens me that J. Gold never recognizes Mori Sushi for its outstanding omakase. Mori Sushi would be in my top 20. Zo would make the top 101 too.
Water Grill. I’ve eaten at Water Grill over 100 times. I think the quality of the ingredients and preparation is clearly higher than many if not most of the restaurants on this list. Often, it seems that the list favors new, hip, and/or ethnic over quality of food. I’d put Water Grill in my top 50.
WP-24. I’m sure I’ll be scolded for this, but WP-24 would be a no-brainer for my list of top 101 restaurants. Sure, it’s inauthentic, but Lukshon is inauthentic too. In my mind, WP-24 is a better restaurant than Lukshon.