Best Chef

Book a table and expect perfection.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2004

If you’ve got something special — really special — to celebrate, book a table at a Thomas Keller restaurant. There’s The French Laundry in Yountville, California, Per Se in the Time Warner Center in New York, Ad Hoc in Yountville, California, and Bouchon in multiple locations. Keller’s perfectionism, his obsession with ingredients and presentation add up to a sophisticated yet pure vision of French-influenced American food. Says Keller, “We want our guests to say, ‘God, I wish I had one more bite of that.’ ” Allow hours for this dining experience, weeks or months for a booking and $$$$$ to pay the bill.

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