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Michelin’s 2022 Guide to New York City includes 73 starred restaurants. To eat at any of these is a wonderful experience. I feel incredibly fortunate to have dined at Jean-Georges, Per Se, Daniel, Le Bernardin, The Modern, Aquavit, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, and a few others. These were amazing meals with some of the world’s best chefs producing works of art that will long be remembered.
One man achieved a Guinness World Record for dining at the most Michelin-starred restaurants in a one-day period. Eric Finkelstein, ate his way through 18 restaurants in 11 hours and spent $494 not including tax and tips. Eric reached out to 80 restaurants based on the 2021 list (some lost their stars in 2022) and heard back from 10 of them. He persisted and was able to secure reservations at 18 of them. (The photo above was taken from the Guinness release).
Eric consumed over 5,000 calories and traveled to all of the restaurants by public transportation or walking. Guinness does not allow private transport like Uber, taxis, or even riding a bike. His favorite meals: “The Fluke Crudo at Casa Mono (fresh with surprising waves of flavor), Duck Mortadella at Francie (the buttery bread practically melted in my mouth), and Everything Brioche at Red Paper Clip (satisfyingly soft, combined sweet and savory flavors).”
Anthony’s Take: Congrats to Eric Finkelstein for achieving this record. It’s an impressive and gluttonous feat that would be hard for someone else to replicate or beat.
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