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When it comes to the best restaurants in America, there is some stiff competition. The New York Times came out with its list of the 50 Best Restaurants in America and there are two from Maine and two from Massachusetts on the list. According to the story, The Times says the list is based on their editors, food reporters and critics traveling from Oklahoma City to Puerto Rico to an island off the coast of Washington State. As far as their criteria, according to the New York Times “While we love to see a dynamic new dining room open its doors, we’re equally impressed by kitchens that are doing their best work years in. So while some of our picks debuted just this summer, others have been around for decades. The one thing they do have in common: The food is amazing.”

The list is not in any form of ranking, simply alphabetical order. There are 50 restaurants on the list. Two of them are from Portland, Maine. Twelve is described as “Modern New England dining in a historic waterfront setting, inspired by Maine’s landscape and natural bounty.” You can check out their website, menu and make reservations HERE.

The other restaurant in Portland, Maine is called Leeward. After going to their website, they describe themselves as “a restaurant in Portland, Maine with an Italian bent and a fondness for fresh pasta. we opened in 2020 and like to think that when you’re here, you’re family… but that feels oddly familiar. is that catchphrase already taken? oh, well.”

Let’s take a look at some of the other restaurants that made the list. The two from Massachusetts are either in Boston or right outside of Boston. Remember, there is no ranking, just the restaurants listed in alphabetical order. You can continue the debate of “Best Restaurants” on the Getup Crew Facebook page.

  • Neptune Oyster - Boston

    Neptune Oyster

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  • Dear Annie - Cambridge


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  • Bonnie's - New York City

    Bonnie's - Cantonese American Restaurant

    Bonnie's is a Cantonese American restaurant from Calvin Eng located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Check us out on Instagram @bonniesbrooklyn or shoot us an email at We look forward to seeing you in Brooklyn, New York!

  • Cafe Mutton - Hudson, NY

    Cafe Mutton (@cafemutton) * Instagram photos and videos

    5,692 Followers, 673 Following, 307 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Cafe Mutton (@cafemutton)

  • Leeward - Portland, Maine


    we are pausing takeout for the time being, but we will reassess once we've shored up our crew to meet increased demand. Thank you for understanding, and our apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Twelve - Portland, Maine

    Menu - TWELVE

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  • Little Mad - New York City

    Little Mad

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  • The Musket Room - New York City

    The Musket Room

    Musket Room is a celebrated neighborhood restaurant offering a reliably indulgent experience, whether a special occasion or enjoying dinner with friends. Since 2013, the Michelin starred establishment has been committed to the kind of caring, personalized service that makes regulars feel like family and newcomers feel like regulars.

  • Semma - New York City


    Unapologetic Foods (Dhamaka, Adda) by restaurateur Roni Mazumdar & Chintan Pandya is bringing you to the soul of Southern India with Chef Vijay Kumar leading the charge. Semma is an exploration of heritage Southern Indian cuisine that has rarely been seen outside of local homes and neighborhoods.

  • Zaab Zaab - New York City

    Zaab Zaab (@zaabzaabnyc) * Instagram photos and videos

    3,480 Followers, 659 Following, 95 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Zaab Zaab (@zaabzaabnyc)

  • Daru - Washington D.C.


    Indian-ish, Classic Indian food, Elegant Cocktails, Wine

  • Gabriella's Vietnam - Philadelphia

  • Lutuce - Washington D.C.

  • Locust - Nashville


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  • Lucian Books and Wine

    Lucian Books and Wine - Website

    Lunch Service / Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 2: 00 PMDinner Service / Tuesday - Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday - Monday: Closed*Books are available during lunch and dinner service and by appointment* Get Directions Reserve Today Subscribe to our newsletter for updates, news and more. Thank you!

  • Canje - Austin, TX


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  • Audrey - Nashville

    Audrey Nashville | From Chef Sean Brock

    Welcome to Audrey-the flagship restaurant of Chef Sean Brock. Inspired by his Appalachian roots, traditions of the rural South, and his maternal grandmother, Audrey is his most personal project to date.