New York has long been hailed as the epicenter of American cuisine, and for good reason. This city is home to an endless number of talented chefs, who have elevated the humble humble diner into a fine-dining experience. New York has more than 200 dining establishments that have received a Michelin star, making it the sixth most-populated Michelin-starred city in the world. But which are the best Michelin-starred restaurants in New York? We’ve got you covered.
When a restaurant wins three of the world’s top food awards in a single year, you know it’s doing something right. Le Bernardin was awarded the prestigious Michelin stars for 35 years in a row until it lost the award in 2016. The Times of New York named Le Bernardin one of the best restaurants in the world in 2015, and it’s easy to see why. The menu features impeccable classics, including the foie gras torchon. To prepare for this dish, the chef shaves raw foie gras to create a foie gras d’excellence that he combines with Rémoulade, a vinaigrette made with raw oysters, and a raw truffle.
French cuisine reigns supreme in New York’s culinary scene, but there is one exception: Daniel Boulud’s Daniel, located in the Hotel Helmsman. Boulud’s second Michelin-starred restaurant, Daniel, located in the Time Warner Center, is considered the best French restaurant in the city. Boulud, who was born in Lebanon, is widely regarded as one of the most influential chefs in the world. His cuisine has been described as modernist cuisine with influences from his childhood spent in the Middle East. The menu features dishes such as foie gras terrine, lobster ravioli, and a crème brûlée that is served in the “french press” to truly showcase the delicacy of this dessert.
Complementing French cuisine is the world’s most-consumed wine, American wine. This duality brings us back to New York, where you’ll find the Michelin-starred Gramercy Tavern. This iconic restaurant, located in the famous Gramercy neighborhood, is known for combining the best of both New York and French food. The menu, which is divided into eight categories, features dishes such as Maine lobster boudin blanc, veal sweetbreads, and hot-smoked scallops. The Gramercy Tavern’s boudin blanc, which is a white foie gras and pork blood sausage, is prepared by slowly draining pork blood into a pot of wine. The result is a clear, white liquid that is then mixed with pork liver to form boudin blanc. The sweetbreads on the menu are veal hearts that are slowly simmered with white wine and pearl onions to create a delicate yet robust dish.
New York’s best known and most acclaimed chef, Jean Georges Vongerichten, has two Michelin-starred restaurants that you should not miss. His flagship restaurant, Jean-Georges, located in the Trump International Hotel and Tower, is the best fine dining establishment in the United States. Another Jean-Georges, located at the Plaza Hotel, is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. The menu at Jean Georges features dishes such as fried foie gras with truffled popcorn and caviar, roasted yellow fingerling potatoes, and a panna cotta with black olive tapenade.
The name August may not be as well-known as some of the others on this list, but it should be. August is one of the few chefs who has received Michelin stars twice. The first time was for his original restaurant in 1986, which remains one of the best French restaurants in the world. The second was in 2009, when he opened a new August restaurant, also located in New York City. He serves classic French cuisine with an Asian twist, such as his crayfish gratin, crayfish, mushrooms, and a cream sauce.
The Dutch is located in the famous Meatpacking District in New York City, and it has earned its place among the city’s best restaurants. The Dutch is considered to be the best restaurant in all five boroughs of New York, and it is one of the few restaurants in the world to have been awarded a Michelin two times. The Dutch is known for its “hot butchers”, chefs who have strong backgrounds in butchery. The menu features dishes such as cured beef tongue, which is aged for 18 months and then aged for another six months after being cured.
Eleven Madison Park
Located at the prestigious Grand Hyatt New York Hotel, Eleven Madison Park is the first restaurant in the world to receive three Michelin stars. The restaurant is known for its creative cuisine, but it has also become famous for its lavish and elaborate New Year’s Eve celebration. The menu at the restaurant is simply titled “The First Course” and features dishes such as caviar and blini, but the New Year’s Eve celebration is the real treat. The New Year’s Eve celebration at the Grand Hyatt New York is one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city.