A Weekend of Michelin Plates in New York City - 2021
Traveling through Covid has gotten a little easier since the beginning of the pandemic, but with governments changing rules & requirements almost monthly, it can still be confusing & challenging. Do travellers need a negative test, a vaccine passport, neither? Will attractions, hotels & restaurants at your destination of choice be fully opened, operate at limited capacity or be completely closed? These are just a few of the important questions to ask oneself before venturing off on a trip during the "new normal" of traveling. Take New York for example; as of September 2021 a vaccine passport showing proof of inoculation is required for indoor dining. This aggressive action follows the footsteps of Paris & several European cities, and was quickly followed by Montreal.
Planning a succesful trip and fine dining blogging have at least one thing in common; the requirement for a reservation. As a traveller, you wouldn't want to invest time & money into going on a trip only for that trendy Brooklyn hotel or that restaurant you read about on Dined There, Sipped That to be fully booked. Despite such sage advice, on a recent trip to New York City, I left my blogging destiny to the Michelin gods and made no lunch reservations. My culinary compass would be the Guide Michelin mobile app. The app loads your current location on a map showing all the restaurants with Michelin distinctions around you; Plate, Bib, one, two and three star restaurants. The guide describes a Plated restaurant as "Good cooking; Fresh ingredients, capably prepared, simply a good meal", and since Plated restaurants are usually on the casual side they are more likely to be opened for lunch and approachable without a reservation. Here's how I fared.