October 2012 – Everyone knows NYC offers some of the best dining, as well as some of the best cultural events, the world has to offer. A great way to dine well and leave the evening open for theatre is to linger decadently over lunch. Two, of less than a handful of NY based restaurants which have been awarded both the coveted Michelin 3 stars and the New York Times highest rating of 4 stars, are Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park. Le Bernardin, a jewel in the crown of the city’s fine dining options for the past two and a half decades, offers fresh French cuisine with honest flavors in a refreshed (the dining room was redesigned in 2011) atmosphere. The oysters are simply the best; the wine pairings elegant and traditional.
Eleven Madison Park, much newer to the scene and earning three Michelin stars earlier in 2012, scores a home run with the exploration of flavors combined with positively brilliant wine pairings. At first sip, one might say “interesting”; a bite of food from the corresponding course followed by a second sip of wine might lead one to encourage a lunch date by exclaiming “oh my God, take a bite of that and then a drink of your wine!” Wine Director, Dustin Wilson, deserves kudos. Chef Daniel Humm, who received his first Michelin star at the age of 24, also works his magic at the more recently opened (and just blocks away) Nomad Hotel restaurant.