A handful of the world’s newly crowned 50 best restaurants are in the U.S.

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Chefs prepare food at Mexico’s Dinner With Enrique Olvera And Jordi Roca during Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented By FOOD & WINE at Cosme NYC on October 15, 2015 in New York City. Cosme is one of six U.S. honorees on the 2021 list of the world’s 50 best restaurants.

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  • The organization calls the ranking «more than just a list,» rather a «celebration of the universality of cuisines.» Though we’re also very interested in who made the roster, which you can find here.

    Denmark dominated, with the top two spots going to Copenhagen restaurants Noma and Geranium. The other top 10 eateries — mostly boasting one-word names and bright, abstract-looking dishes — are located in Spain, Peru, Sweden, Singapore, Mexico and Hong Kong.

    Six American restaurants made the list, representing the apparent best of New York and California. They’re led by New York City’s Mexican-inspired Cosme, which ranks 22nd. Here are the other U.S. names:

    • Benu in San Francisco
    • SingleThread in Healdsburg, Calif.
    • Atomix in New York
    • Le Bernardin in New York
    • Atelier Crenn in San Francisco


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    This story originally appeared in the Morning Edition live blog.

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