*This event and article were attended/captured/photographed by Jean Hsu and edited/formatted by The Lunch Belle. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs were captured by Ms. Hsu.**
Prior to the uber-famous Michelin Man making his grand appearance in a roaring yellow Corvette, guests were encouraged to mingle whilst enjoying light canapes and seasonally-inspired cocktails from several of the Guide's Starred restaurants.
Of those that I sampled, the "Valborg" cocktail from Aquavit Restaurant (Famous Grouse Blended Scotch, grapefruit, and lemongrass-infused aquavit) was my favorite. Snow Leopard Vodka, Cutty Sark Whisky, a plethora of wines from Napa Valley, plus G.H. Mumm Champagne flowed generously throughout the eve. Additionally, we were treated to a tasting of Macallan's newest rare cask whiskey - served on the rocks (just how I like it). And how about those ice cubes (below)?
I must admit - I was a little surprised by how small of a focus there was on food, considering all that I had read - and seen - about this event from prior years. Mini crab and lobster sandwiches, watermelon bites filled with feta, polenta morsels, and crackers topped with smoked salmon/roe were periodically passed by waiters. Additionally, there was a long table in the back of the space that featured a grandiose spread of artisanal breads and macaroons from Bridor de France.
After the squishy and adorable Michelin Man made his entrance, Michael Ellis - Managing Director of Michelin Guide - took to the stage and began to announce the Star recipients! Below are all of the *new* Stars that were awarded to New York City restaurants. For the full recipient list, click here:
- The Modern - raised from one star to two star
- Gabriel Kreuther - one star
- Tempura Matsui - one star
- Sushi Yasuda - one star
- Cagen - one star
- Hirohisa - one star
- Somtum Der - one star
- Uncle Boons - one star
- Rebelle - one star
- Semilla - one star
- The Finch - one star
In regards to the cultural diversity and vegetarian-focus in this year's selection, I was really impressed!! Congratulations to all of the brand new, additional Stars-gained, and annually-recurring recipients!
Until we eat again,
Jean Hsu for The Lunch Belle