50 Highest Grossing Restaurants in America

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50. Beauty & Essex
> Location: New York City, NY
> Annual sales: $16,308,810
> Avg. check: $85
> Meals served annually: 191,505

This quirky place on Manhattan’s trendy Lower East Side is a functioning pawn shop up front, filled with merchandise for sale — some of it genuinely pawned, some of it chosen second-hand by curator Lauren Kaminsky. Through a door at the back of the shop, though, is a bustling restaurant, complete with four dining rooms, two bars, and a lounge.

The imaginative menu includes such mashups as tuna poke wonton tacos, Caesar toast with crispy chicken skin, and chile relleno empanadas. The restaurant — owned by Madison Square Garden Co.’s Tao Group, which is well-represented on this list (see No. 14, No. 7, No. 3, and No.1) — has siblings in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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49. Le Diplomate
> Location: Washington, DC
> Annual sales: $16,377,232
> Avg. check: $58
> Meals served annually: 306,708

A skillfully recreated Parisian-style brasserie with a skylit terrace, this popular D.C. restaurant is part of the Philadelphia-based Starr Group, which operates 37 restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Paris, as well as in the nation’s capital and its hometown. The fare is mostly old-style French — oysters, pâté, salade niçoise, beef bourguignon, etc. — and there is an outdoor cart selling homemade ice creams and sorbets in nice weather.

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48. Grand Central Oyster Bar
> Location: New York, NY
> Annual sales: $16,400,000 (est.)
> Avg. check: $54 (est.)
> Meals served annually: 310,000

A New York classic for more than a century, the Oyster Bar on the lower level of iconic Grand Central Station is a major destination for seafood-lovers. Oysters, of course, are the big draw. Every day there are 20 or more choices; the ever-changing master list contains more than 250 different kinds, from the East and West coasts of both the U.S. and Canada, as well as Mexico and Chile. Stews and pan-roasts, cold seafood salads, and 15 or 20 kinds of fresh-caught fish are among the other offerings. The vaulted tile arches and ceilings by famed Valencian architect Rafael Guastavino provide a stunning setting.

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47. Quality Italian
> Location: New York, NY
> Annual sales: $16,529,915
> Avg. check: $90
> Meals served annually: 171,713

Part of the Quality Branded group — which has eight restaurants in New York City, one in Miami Beach, and a second Quality Italian in Denver — Quality Italian serves modern Italian-American food. That translates to several varieties of crudo, homemade pastas (including agnolotti with dry-aged porterhouse), sausage and pepper garlic toast, and assorted steaks and chops, among other specialties. Quality Branded’s principals are veteran restaurateur Alan Stillman (see No. 8) and his son Michael.

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46. Taste of Texas
> Location: Houston, TX
> Annual sales: $16,720,966
> Avg. check: $55
> Meals served annually: 363,715

Opened in 1977, Taste of Texas is a landmark Houston steakhouse with a menu that includes eight cuts of steak — all Certified Angus Beef — seafood, and other steakhouse staples, as well as a range of appetizers, such as Texas quail bites and jalapeño stuffed shrimp. The restaurant also hosts a collection of museum-quality Texas historical artifacts, from Sam Houston’s calling card to a Victorian-era gun rack to an assortment of pre-statehood Texas flags.