Michelin’s annual release of New York City’s starred restaurants is a highly anticipated event. For restaurant owners, receiving a Michelin star signifies a mark of distinction and recognition of fine dining and high-quality cuisine. The Culture Trip has already compiled a list of the city’s 2016 three-star Michelin restaurants. We now profile the 10 exceptional establishments that were awarded two Michelin stars.
Although Blanca is a small, reservation-only loft space, it offers dishes packed with big flavor. The fashionably tiny tasting room consists of only 12 seats placed around a polished counter, but a 27-course meal combines several ingredients ‘into two- or three-bite compositions that [are] utterly complete,’ says food critic Pete Wells. Executive Chef Carlo Mirarchi is famous mainly for his exquisite pasta, however, dinner at Blanca reveals he is also gifted in cooking fish and meat. Miniature servings of roast duck may be ‘placed beside a slow-burning beet mole, followed by porchetta with chimichurri,’ Wells describes. The portion is small, but ‘the meat is always juicier and more concentrated than almost any other restaurant can manage.’ Blanca requires reservations to be made at least 30 days in advance and only accepts parties of up to four people.
Chef Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurant serves award-winning contemporary French cuisine and world-class wines in a distinctive setting furnished lavishly with warm and welcoming décor. Delectable items such as the duck consommé with white port and the Scottish langoustines (made with fennel, ruby red grapefruit and bergamot vinaigrette) provide exquisite tastes that can satisfy any palate. Daniel also offers private dining and a luxe bar and lounge where guests can ‘enjoy creative cocktails, à la carte dining and sumptuous late-night desserts.’
Chef Michael White delivers upscale Italian seafood and house-made pastas in this glittering establishment located on Central Park South. Marea’s menu is devoted to the sea with selections that include whole fish preparations, composed fish dishes, oysters, sea urchin and other extensive offerings. The wine list consists of over 750 selections that ‘pair perfectly with the bounty of the sea.’ Diners can expect an exquisite dining experience, complete with a beautiful setting, excellent service and superb cuisine.