2011’s Michelin Star Restaurants in NYC

The 2011 Michelin Star Restaurants in NYC by maryrambin

Jean Georges
Le Bernardin
Per Se
Chef Table at Brooklyn Fare*
Gordon Ramsay at The London
Momofuku Ko
Anthos (closed)
A Voce Columbus
A Voce Madison*
Blue Hill
Café Boulud
Casa Mono
Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen*
Del Posto
Eleven Madison Park
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Jewel Bako
Kyo Ya
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Marc Forgione
Minetta Tavern
The Modern
Peter Luger
River Café
Rouge Tomate
SHO Shaun Hergatt
Spotted Pig
Sushi Azabu
Sushi of Gari
Veritas (currently closed)
(* are the new additions)
The one restaurant Jean-Luc Naret, the director of the Michelin guides and the final word on who gets how many stars, could not stop talking about chef Cesar Ramirez and his Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare – a prix-fixe supper club in Brooklyn where Ramirez seats you around his open kitchen.  Of course since seating is limited I can only imagine how long the wait list is to get in.  And now that he has 2 stars, it will be even harder.
Also noteworthy on this list is Del Posto (Mario Batali) and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon that both only garnered one star and sit amongst restaurants like Public and Spotted Pig.  That just ain’t right! I also believe Locanda Verde and its fresh fare from Andrew Carmellini and Mas which serves up inspired and light French cuisine tucked into Greenwich village deserve a star.
Overall, I think the list is pretty accurate.  If you visit a restaurant that has a Michelin star, your palate – no matter how refined – is in for treat!
Zagat also announced their NYC lists giving Le Bernadin the top honor for Food and Maialino won Best New Comer (I totally agree!).

Summer is here!

We kicked off the fourth of July weekend in style by heading up to Stone Barnsfor lunch.  I love this place.  I haven’t been here in a while (probably since last 4th of July) but I really need to go more often just for the lunch!  Everything is made locally and it’s just sooo good.

There’s always a bunch of baked goods, bottled jams and pickles, as well as a salad bar and assortment of open-faced sandwiches (pictured above).

Fig & Olive Review

The other night I met up with Ryan and 2 of our friends for a dinner out at NYC’s Fig and Olive.  Being the bad blogger I am I took only 1 very blurry picture of the night so instead I poached pictures from Fig and Olive’s website to pretty up my review.

The service wasn’t very good (they didn’t take our drink orders for a long time, got one appetizer mixed up, didn’t bring out another appetizer, and I have a feeling that the delay in my pasta order stemmed from the fact that they forgot about it).  But that being said, I thought the food was excellent and no one else (on yelp, chowhound, etc) seems to complain about the service so maybe it was just an off night.

We started out with focaccia bread served with 3 different house olive oils.


They have 12 different crostini on the menu so we tried out 4 different types (crushed tomato and basil pesto; cucumber and greek yogurt; manchego, fig spread and almond, and shrimp, avocado, cilantro, tomato) as well as their mixed olives dish.


Then we all went with their prix fixe meal for $36 / person which got you an appetizer, main meal, and dessert.  I went with the avocado soup with crab and lime which was basically creamy guacamole (if you are in love with guacamole like I am).  It was one of the best soups I’ve ever tasted.

Dinner for me was the penne funghi tartufo because despite what I learned in waiter rant – I am a sucker for anything that says truffle (and it was listed twice in the description).

For dessert I went with the mascarpone pot de crème.

So, portions were small (my friend had a paella that was the size of my hand and I have the tiniest (adult) hands that you will ever see) and service wasn’t great, but I’d come back again and again because I really loved the food.  I would have the avocado soup every day if I could.  And it was reasonably affordable.  True, the price was over $100 for me and Ryan but if you took out the two blueberry lychee martini’s I drank and the crostini, $36 for a 3-course delicious meal in the city doesn’t seem all that unreasonable.

Memorial Day Weekend has begun!

Last year I spent half of the holiday working so this year I’m living it up!

First stop: Shake Shack. What’s that you say? Where’s the “shack”? It’s at the end of the c-like line that I only captured half of in this picture. It is moving though. Because a few people in front of me have given up waiting… But it’s movement nonetheless.

Mermaid Inn (UWS edition)

Friday night’s dinner in the city was at Mermaid Inn specifically because I’ve spent so much time drooling over other tumblr’s pictures posted of the famed lobster roll.

The weather was gorgeous and I was loaded up on heavy-strength allergy meds so we opted to eat outside.  I must say – I’ve only been to the UWS once before but after spending Friday night up there I definitely plan on coming back again and again and again.  The blocks were filled with the most inviting restaurants with tables that spilt out into the street.  Plus I love gushing over apartment buildings that have a rent or mortgage probably 4 times what mine is (on the low end).  Plush plush plush.

But back to the food – we started by splitting a half-dozen oysters (and by the time we were done eating them we learned that we are west coast oyster people not east coast oyster people).

Ryan also had the heirloom tomato salad with red onion and fresh herbs…

while I went with the more unhealthy salmon tartare.

For my entree I had to have the lobster roll (of course).

I was worried I wouldn’t actually like it.  I’m not a big fan of lobster.  I love crabs.  I love mayo and buttery bread.  And I love Abbott’s Lobster Roll up in Mystic, CT, but I tried a lobster roll in Maine (where I assumed they would be experts on the matter) and it was horrible.  But oh holy goodness, at Mermaid Inn it was amazing and ensured that I will be making a trip back here.

Ryan went with the roasted fish of the day… they truly did bring the entire fish.

And best of all (or second best… after my lobster roll) was the fortune teller fish they handed out with our bill.  I used to play with these all the time as a little kid but probably haven’t seen one of these in years.