The 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2015 Revealed

06/01/2015 at 05:29 PM ET

Best restaurants in the world
Courtesy Noma; Courtesy El Celler de Can Roca; Courtesy Osteria Francescana

Are you ready to be overcome by serious wanderlust?

The announcement of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was just announced Monday evening in London, and enthusiastic eaters around the world are pouring over the list like middle schoolers scanning the cheerleader try-out results posted in the gym.

The restaurants were selected by an influential group of more than 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry, and the list represents a definitive who’s-who of the global culinary scene.

This year, the coveted top three spots go to the same three restaurants from 2014, though the order has switched: Copenhagen’s Noma, ranked #1 last year, moved down to #3, while Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca moved up to the #1 spot and Italy’s Osteria Francescana up to #2.

El Celler de Can Roca, the new reigning “Best Restaurant,” opened in Catalonia, Spain, in 1986, serves creative Catalan fare and boasts a world-renowned wine cellar comprised of over 60,000 bottles. The restaurant has been a leader in experimentation with molecular gastronomy and unusual presentation — they’ve served menu items’ based on perfumes from Calvin Klein and Carolina Herrera — earning the culinary powerhouse its three Michelin stars.

1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3. Noma, Copenhagen
4. Central, Lima, Peru
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York City
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
7. Dinner, London
8. Narisawa, Tokyo
9. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
11. Mirazur, Menton, France
12. L’Arpege, Paris
13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
17. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
18. Le Bernardin, New York City
19. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20. The Ledbury, London
21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris
22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai
25. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
26. Alinea, Chicago
27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28. The Test Kitchen, Capetown, South Africa
29. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo
30. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
31. Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
35. Quintonil, Mexico City
36. L’Astrance, Paris
37. Biko, Mexico City
38. Amber, Hong Kong
39. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
40. Per Se, New York City
41. Mani, São Paulo, Brazil
42. Borago, Santiago, Chile (tie)
42. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain (tie)
44. Maido, Lima, Peru
45. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Restaurant André, Singapore
47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris
48. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, U.S.A
50. The French Laundry, Yountville, U.S.A.

—Maria Yagoda

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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