Food & Spirits: The restaurant industry isn't what it used to be, with the recession hitting food service hard and fast. Still, many independent restaurants have managed to hang on thus far. Tavern on the Green, the New York City institution is on this list, but with the recent announcement of its closure, this will be the last time.
The top five that made the list include:
1. Tao Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub, Las Vegas
2. Tavern on the Green, New York City
3. Joe's Stone Crab, Miami
4. Smith & Wollensky, New York City
5. Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C.