Are you traveling to a city boasting a 3-star Michelin restaurant in the near future? Save some money and delight in a mind-blowing meal at one of the handful of restaurants earning the esteemed three-star Michelin rating. There are only 13 out there, and it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Brooklyn, New York
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare offers meals starting at $75. The restaurant is part grocery store and part restaurant thanks to a Chef’s Tasting Menu that takes 2.5 hours. The meal varies, but you should expect a meal that’s a fusion of French and Asian cuisines with a strong focus on fresh seafood.
Tucked on Schermerhorn Street, multiple Brooklyn hotels are within walking distance of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown is one of them at just a block away. You’re equally close to EVEN Hotels Brooklyn and NU Hotel.
Chicago is home to two Michelin star restaurants in 2016. Alinea and Grace both hold the esteemed honor.
Alinea offers “experiences” versus standard meals. The Kitchen Table is a personalized experience for six guests. The Gallery Menu that offers as many as 18 courses has seating for 16, but the size of your party is limited to two or four guests. Finally, The Salon Menu is for parties of two to six guests and offers as many as 12 courses during the experience. Hotel Lincoln is approximately one mile from the restaurant.
Grace recently appeared on the television show Job or No Job. Grace’s tasting menu is broken down between flora and fauna and includes multiple courses. Multiple hotels are a short walk from the restaurant, including Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown, Kimpton Hotel Allegro, and Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop.
Los Gatos, California
Dining at Manresa is a unique, top-secret experience. No one knows what they’re eating until the dishes arrive. In addition to the Tasting Menu at Manresa, there’s also a Beverage Pairing option. Nearby hotels include Best Western the Inn of Los Gatos, Hotel Los Gatos, and Toll House Hotel.
New York City, New York
With five Michelin star restaurants holding a 3-star rating, New York City is prime for unique dining experiences. Options include:
- Eleven Madison Park: Offer a tasting menu that’s seven to nine courses.
- Jean-Georges: Lunch, dinner, and dessert tasting menus. Dishes change regularly and include such things as glazed potatoes and baked oysters.
- Le Bernardin: Multiple menus are available at Le Bernardin. Options in the dining room include Chef’s Tastings, Le Bernardin Tastings, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert. The lounge features prix-fixe City Harvest lunches where you pick each course or individual dishes.
- Per Se: The chef at Per Se offers a nine-course Vegetable Tasting Menu for lunch. There is a Chef’s Tasting Menu at dinner or an a la carte Salon Menu. If you are after dessert, you even have the option of a five-course dessert menu within The Salon.
- Masa: Focusing on Asian cuisine, Masa chef tastings are not cheap at $595 per person. The meals, however, are incredibly delicious and artistic. Note that you cannot tip at Masa.
New York City is home to dozens upon dozens of hotels. You’ll have no problem finding accommodations near Michelin star restaurants. Eleven Madison Park is a short walk from Hotel Giraffe. Per Se is close to Hudson New York Hotel. These are just a couple of your options.
San Francisco, California
Benu is one of the two 3-star Michelin star restaurants in San Francisco. Book a room at W San Francisco and walk across the street to dine in this delightful restaurant. The tasting menu at Benu covers a mix of flavors, and it includes such dishes as smoked quail, 1,000-year-old quail eggs, and sesame leaf ice cream.
Saison has a chef’s tasting menu that changes each day. Dishes are created using local ingredients found that morning. The restaurant is near AT&T Park, so you have to head inland a little to reach the hotels. The closest options are W San Francisco, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, and Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.
St. Helena, California
California has a bounty of excellent restaurants, and The Restaurant at Meadowood is another of the state’s 3-star Michelin restaurants. Located in Napa Valley, the restaurant’s food embraces local ingredients. There’s a Tasting Menu available, and less expensive three-course or snack menus at the bar. The restaurant is on the grounds of Meadowood Golf Club. A few hotels are within minutes of the restaurant. Wydown Hotel, Hotel St. Helena, and Wine Country Inn are all great options for lodging in St. Helena.
The French Laundry is equidistant to Vintage Inn and Napa Valley Lodge. Both offer luxurious accommodations to their guests. For your meal at The French Laundry, choose between the Chef’s Tasting Menu or Tasting of Vegetables. Both prix-fixe options include multiple courses, including a decadent selection of desserts. The menus change daily, so you can return every day and have something new.
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