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.
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.
A graduate of the University of Buffalo, Lee Hnetinka is cofounder and chief executive officer of Darkstore in New York City. The company offers customers ecommerce products delivered on the same day an order is placed though fulfillment centers in New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco. In his down time, Lee Hnetinka enjoys dining at Michelin-star restaurants.
In 1900, the Michelin Tire Company issued a guidebook that helped visitors traversing France. A quarter century later, the company began sending out anonymous reviewers to try new restaurants. Michelin now regularly sends representatives to write thorough reviews about their dining experiences. All of the reviewers then gather, share their thoughts, and determine if a restaurant receives zero to three stars. According to the guide, one star signifies very good cooking in its category, two stars means excellent cooking and worth a detour, while three stars signifies exceptional cuisine and worthy of a specific journey.
In November 2016, the Michelin Guide announced the six New York City restaurants that received three-star ratings for 2017. The three-star eateries include:
* Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, which received this high honor for the second straight year.
* Eleven Madison Park, which is a contemporary American restaurant.
* Jean-Georges, which serves as the flagship restaurant for Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
* Le Bernardin, which is a seafood restaurant under the guidance of Chef Eric Ripert.
* Masa, which is a sushi restaurant operated by Chef Masa Takayama.
* Per Se, which offers French and American cuisine.