Foodies everywhere can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Michelin Guide 2013 is finally released, and now you can dine safe in the knowledge that you are eating in an internationally-acclaimed restaurant. To become a three-star restaurant, the restaurant must be running on all cylinders, offering a totally perfect multi-sensory experience. To get one star, the décor and service is less important, but the food must still be sublime. On this year’s list are a smattering of standards, a few first timers, and some real surprises here and there. How did your favorite restaurants fare?
Eleven Madison Park: This restaurant, recently bought by its longtime chef Daniel Humm, has gone through several renovations in the last year. Long gone are the classic 11-course tasting menus with described dishes. Now, diners choose one main ingredient from a grid, and let the chefs surprise them with their magic. Open for lunch and on weekends, Eleven Madison Park continues to improve and innovate, using molecular gastronomy paired with classic technique.
Marea: Michael White’s Central Park South restaurant is widely lauded as one of the most innovative Italian restaurants in the city. It focuses on seafood in an elegant, open setting. Try the ricci (sea urchin crostini topped with lardo and salt) and the fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow. He also received one star for his Franco-Italian food at Ai Fiori, where his butter poached lobster is famous.
Adour: Alain Ducasse’s restaurant in the St. Regis is all about glamour and classic French cooking. Expect dishes like foie gras torchon, roasted venison, and a plethora of mignardises when your meal is finished. Come dressed to impress, and linger in the tiny champagne bar before or after your meal.
A Voce Columbus: This branch of Missy Robbins’s acclaimed Italian restaurant is located right inside the Time Warner Center. Forget that you are in a shopping mall, and indulge in a well-curated wine list, homemade pasta, and an incredible view of Central Park.
Jungsik: This restaurant brings Korean fare to the haute table. Think foie gras with port and quail eggs, wagyu short ribs with crispy rice cakes, and strawberry cremeux. It’s all the flavor and punch of Korean cuisine with the restrained and elegant service of a world-class tasting menu.