A Few of New York’s Most Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Lee Hnetinka
Lee Hnetinka | Outside of the professional arena, Lee Hnetinka is a fitness enthusiast, who regularly practices Bikram yoga, and a gourmet, who regularly dines in Michelin-starred restaurants.

A cofounder and the CEO of Darkstore, Lee Hnetinka helps e-commerce brands deliver goods quickly and efficiently. Based in New York City, Lee Hnetinka maintains a passion for food and enjoys eating at the many of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants. While many people think Michelin-starred restaurants are out of their price range, there are several affordable options in New York City.

Even those on a budget can enjoy Le Bernardin, one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, by going for lunch during the week. Although the three-course lunch tasting varies each week, it is generally under $50, some of which goes to City Harvest.

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Le Bernardin
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Similarly, Gotham Bar and Grill becomes very affordable during lunch hours, when the most expensive entree is $27. Alternatively, some may prefer the dining establishment’s $38 greenmarket lunch, a three-course meal made from ingredients purchased at the Union Square farmer’s market.

La Vara in Brooklyn features some of the city’s best tapas. The key to an affordable meal here is going with friends. Two people can easily fill up on five dishes for a total cost of about $35 per person. More friends mean more selections, of course. Some must-try dishes include the roasted suckling pig and the spiced chickpeas.


Lee Hnetinka – Leisure

Mr. Lee Hnetinka cofounded New York City’s Darkstore in February of 2016 .