New York City 2014 Michelin Starred Restaurants Named: Book a Table Today!

TMGNYC2014OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide New York City 2014. Sixty-seven restaurants are included, with seven New York restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, with five achieving two Michelin stars. Fifty-five restaurants earned one Michelin star, with nine new additions, including Carbone, Lincoln Ristorante, and The Musket Room.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., New York is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are San Francisco and Chicago. The MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2014, the city’s seventh edition, will be introduced Oct. 23, and the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2014 will be published on Nov. 13.

Congratulations to all the recipients, including:

Three Stars: DanielEleven Madison ParkJean GeorgesLe Bernardin, and Per Se.

Two Stars: JungsikMarea, and Soto.

One Star: 15 EastAi FioriAldeaAnnisaAquavitAureoleA Voce ColumbusA Voce Madison, Babbo Ristorante, Blue HillBouley, BrushstrokeCafe Boulud, Carbone, Casa Mono, Caviar RusseDanny Brown Wine Bar & KitchenDel PostoDovetailGotham Bar and GrillGramercy TavernHakkasan, Jewel BakoJunoon, Kajitsu,  Lincoln RistoranteMinetta TavernThe Modern, The Musket RoomThe NoMadOceanaPublicRosanjinRouge TomateSeasonal Restaurant and WeinbarSushi of GariTamarind-Tribeca, TelepanTorrisi Italian SpecialitiesTulsiWallsé, wd~50, and Yakitori Tori Shin.

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Fog City Rolls Open in San Francisco

Iconic San Francisco restaurant Fog City is now open. Housed in the location of the legendary Fog City Diner, Fog City has been completely renovated and reimagined by founders Bill Higgins and Bill Upson and talented local chef Bruce Hill, of Bix, Picco, and Zero Zero.

The offerings, very much a reflection of San Francisco’s rich culinary landscape, were conceived by chef Hill and will be executed by chef Erik Lowe, former chef de cuisine at Bix. “Some people call it personal cuisine, others might call it modern eclectic, but it’s really just the food that my chef and I and my partners love to eat,” says Hill. Virtually everything is made in-house, including buns, cheese, crullers, and barrel-aged hot sauces.

What’s not made in Fog City comes from the area’s finest farmers, fishermen, breweries, and distilleries. Chef Hill says, “I am incredibly grateful for all of my farmers and the people who are our suppliers. My relationships with some of my farmers go back almost 30 years!” Fog City specializes in grilled Brandt beef and other meats, such as chicken and lamb, cooked in the restaurant’s expansive wood-fired grill. Pastry chef Aaron Toensing oversees the pastry program, which includes house-made Straus Family Creamery frozen custard, made fresh daily. Hill, who actually worked as a chef at Fog City Diner in the early 2000s, notes, “Fog City is another name for the city of San Francisco. So, this is really a San Francisco restaurant. We have a local patriotism we’re capturing here.”

Rather than be daunted by the prospect of revamping an iconic brand and location, Hill was excited. “Having worked at Fog City Diner, even spending 9-11 there, watching the towers fall, I have a lot of emotional connection to the space. We absolutely took the history into consideration, but, other than the adventurous spirit of the original, we didn’t want to carry anything over.” The process has been in the works for three years. Hill was able to work on the opening while also operating several other successful Bay Area restaurants, something he credits to open lines of communication. “The key is my connection to my managers and my chefs, which is on a daily basis,” he reveals.

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On Our Plate: Foodspotting for iOS 7; Santa Cruz Restaurant Week; NYC Michelin Bib Gourmands; No Kid Hungry Month; Taste of Atlanta Discount

DRWHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Foodspotting is cooler than ever, thanks to a fancy new update of its amazing app. Find out what’s new and download it today.

* The 2014 Michelin NYC Bib Gourmand honorees have been announced. Did your fave affordable eatery make the list?

* Save on tickets to Taste of Atlanta, October 25-27. OpenTable diners enjoy an exclusive savings on tickets, now through October 7th.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Squash blossoms!

* No Kid Hungry Month continues through September 30. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant in September to help end childhood hunger.

* Santa Cruz Restaurant Week reservations are open. Reserve now for $25 three-course dinners, October 2-9.

* Detroit Restaurant Week motors on! Snap up $30 gourmet dinners through September 29.

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Tweet of the Week: Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

I’m not sure if it’s the change of seasons or what, but I’m seeing a lot of late-night posts about insomnia. Instead of tossing and turning, why not beef up your social calendar by making OpenTable reservations? That’s what Tracy Weiss (aka @Northforkd) suggests. The great thing about booking online is that you’re not beholden to a restaurant’s hours of operation; you can book anywhere, anytime — even at 4AM from your sofa. And, it absolutely beats counting sheep. PS: We love your travel suggestions, Tracy!