01/08/2014 03:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Top 10 Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants in the U.S.


Bringing modern science into the kitchen, molecular gastronomy uses avant-garde cooking techniques and equipment to transform flavors and presentations. Examples include deconstructions, foams and "caviars" composed of reductions that have been converted into textural dollops with tapioca-like consistency. GAYOT.'s top 10 molecular gastronomy restaurants in the U.S. will let you know the best places in the country for this cutting-edge cuisine.

1723 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

A multi-course dinner at Alinea is concocted with dozens of components and in an order and a fashion revealing the art of Grant Achatz. The dishes are ever-evolving but the precision and level of excitement remains constant.

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945 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Chef Homaro Cantu of Moto breaks all the rules, blazing trails that are both uncharted and titillating for those who view dining as a theatric, multi-sensory affair.

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Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

In Dominique Crenn's fanciful atelier, dishes are served bathed in bubbles, atop pristine logs, and in myriad unusual presentations that feel taken from a Tolkien novel.

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201 S. California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Baumé strikes a seamless balance between molecular gastronomy and modern French cuisine.

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50 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002

Chef Wylie Dufresne has made a name for himself as a chemist and provocateur with his eccentric cuisine at wd-50 in New York.

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