Our annual look at the essential restaurants illuminating the city's dining scene

Paul Bocuse, a legendary titan of French cooking, died in 2018, but his legacy lives on in the beautiful plates of his onetime pupil and fellow native of Lyon, France, the Refectory’s executive chef, Richard Blondin. Elegant dining in a sumptuous space, where conversation isn’t strained by an ambient din, likewise perseveres inside this 1800s-built former church replete with lovely wood and stained glass. Add a world-class wine list, and you have a throwback that’s still moving forward.

Read about our other Best Restaurants of 2019:  1. Veritas 2. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing 3. Watershed Kitchen & Bar 4. Service Bar 5. G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar 6. Comune 8. Gallerie Bar & Bistro 9. The Guild House 10. Ambrose and Eve