There have been New Yorkers who have tried to eat all the time Michelin Star Restaurant of the city, but none of them tried to do as much in one day as Eric Finkelstein,
This intrepid eater (and healthcare IT consultant) recently installed a new Guinness World Records To eat at the establishments with the most Michelin stars in one day, Food & Wine reported this week.
On October 26, he visited 18 different places and had quick meals at all the places. In all, he spent 11 hours and $494 on his search (not including tax and the 30 percent tip left at each restaurant).
Finkelstein started thinking about food travel after joining a food group in discord, “I liked the idea,” he told Guinness. “I would combine my love of eating interesting food, working on a checklist, and doing something silly.” But the effort required some advanced planning.
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First, Finkelstein contacted more than 80 Michelin-starred restaurants in New York, trying to secure a coveted table at each. He only got responses from 10, and when he made the reservation, four of them had already lost their Michelin stars. So Finkelstein had to start gibberish again.
In the end, he came up with his list of 18 stops, which featured four Michelin two-star restaurants and 14 one-star restaurants.
To start his journey, Finkelstein dines Pavilionwhere they had a Grilled Avocado Salad with Einkorn Berries, Chard Kale and Yogurt Green Goddess Dressing.
Then came the crème de la crème of the New York food scene: Aquavit, Bâtard, Casa Mono, Caviar Russe, Cote, Francie, Gramercy Tavern, Jungsik, Le Coucou, Momofuku Ko, The Modern, Musket Room, Oiji Mi, Red Paper Clip, Tuome y Sacristia, For dessert, Finkelstein tops it off with chawanmushi from Noda with uni and caviar. (Three of her favorite dishes were Casa Mono’s raw tempeh, Frankie’s duck bologna, and Red Pepper Clip’s everything brioche.)
To fit in with all his flavor delights, Finkelstein kept it light as in all Michelin-starred restaurants, notably indulging only in a bowl of lingonberries in aquavit.
He knows you’re not one to enjoy food, but anything goes in the name of world record chasing. “By turning a Michelin-starred restaurant into fast food, you’re going against the spirit of what you’re doing,” he told the New York Post at the time of his assignment.
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Story previously published by TORI LATHAM on Robb Report US