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Michelin guide announces 2021 stars for NYC restaurants

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Star light, star bright. Date nights in New York City are about to get a whole lot tastier! Famed French restaurant guide Michelin announced their top area eateries for 2021. Michelin awarded 76 restaurants their stars in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester.

However, this year there are only 68.

Since the pandemic hit the city, restaurants that have shuttered number at least 1,000. Alas, 15 previously Michelin-ranked restaurants didn’t make the cut this year — while seven new places were added to the list.

Upscale Manhattan staples such as Le Bernardin, Per Se, Masa, Eleven Madison Park and Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare all kept their status as three-star places. These five have not moved from the list since 2018. Another 14 hot spots have two-star ratings. Michelin has also stated that places that were temporarily closed during the pandemic would be able to keep their stars.  

As of now, 49 restaurants carry one star. The new additions to that list are Rezdôra, Don Angie, Tsukimi, Jua, Kochi, Vestry and Francie.

The chief inspector of Michelin’s North America team, who spoke to Bloomberg under the condition of anonymity, said ranking visits took place both before the pandemic and as the restaurants re-opened, following pandemic protocols. They stressed that inspectors were sensitive to the social-distancing restrictions and communicated with chefs and owners on openings and closures. 

Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin guides, said that the way restaurants handled themselves during tough times was commendable. “Despite the context, restaurants took this year as an opportunity to make progress,” he told the New York Times. “The world can look to how the US is handling the recovery.”

A new award was introduced for restaurants that focus on sustainable cooking. The green star was given to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The spot currently has two stars.

Several top eateries that exited the list due to their untimely permanent closures include Aldea, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Del Posto. Babbo, a Washington Square Park fave, also fell off the the guide, even though it is still open.

Eleven Madison Park’s three-star rating comes hot on of the heels of news that it is adopting an all-vegan kitchen. The relaunched menu is described as “an eight- to 10-course menu in the main dining room consisting of entirely plant-based dishes,” according to their website. The place is set to reopen for service on June 10 after shutting down during the pandemic.

Chef-owner Daniel Humm recently told NPR that he began thinking more clearly about health and sustainability while the restaurant was closed in 2020. “The way we have sourced our food, the way we’re consuming our food, the way we eat meat — it is not sustainable,” he said.

“Guests have never come to us to just eat a piece of steak or lobster,” he said. “They’ve always come to us to be on a journey.”

New York City’s Michelin-starred restaurants of 2021:

One star

  • Ai Fiori (Midtown West)
  • Bâtard (TriBeCa)
  • Benno (Gramercy)
  • Blue Hill (Greenwich Village)
  • Carbone (Greenwich Village)
  • Casa Enrique (Queens)
  • Casa Mono (Gramercy)
  • Caviar Russe (Midtown East)
  • Claro (Sunset Park)
  • The Clocktower (Gramercy)
  • Contra (Lower East Side)
  • Cote (Gramercy)
  • Crown Shy (Financial District)
  • Don Angie (Greenwich Village)
  • Estela (SoHo & Nolita)
  • The Four Horsemen (Williamsburg)
  • Francie (Williamsburg)
  • Gramercy Tavern (Greenwich Village)
  • Hirohisa (SoHo)
  • Jeju Noodle Bar (Greenwich Village)
  • Rezdora (Gramercy)
  • The River Café (Downtown Brooklyn)
  • Sushi Amane (Midtown East)
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera (Midtown West)
  • Sushi Nakazawa (Greenwich Village)
  • Sushi Noz (Upper East Side)
  • Sushi Yasuda (Midtown East)
  • Tempura Matsui (Midtown East)
  • Tsukimi (East Village)
  • Tuome (East Village)
  • Vestry (SoHo)
  • Wallse (Greenwich Village)
  • ZZ’s Clam Bar (Greenwich Village)

Two stars

  • Aquavit (Midtown East)
  • Atera (Tribeca)
  • Atomix (Gramercy)
  • Aska (Williamsburg)
  • Blanca (Fort Greene)
  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Westchester)
  • Daniel (Upper East Side)
  • Gabriel Kreuther (Midtown West)
  • Ichimura at Uchū (Lower East Side)
  • Jean-Georges (Upper West Side)
  • Jungsik (Tribeca)
  • Ko (East Village)
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Chelsea)
  • The Modern (Midtown West)

Three stars

  • Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (Midtown West)
  • Eleven Madison Park (Gramercy)
  • Le Bernardin (Midtown West)
  • Masa (Midtown West)
  • Per Se (Midtown West)

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Kevin Sorbo’s $5M Hamptons digs transformed into art house

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Talk about a home fit for the gods — or at least a demigod.

Kevin Sorbo, who played Hercules on the TV show, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” sold his traditional shingle-styled Sag Harbor home to Robert B. Cohen, of Hudson Capital Properties, for $5.35 million earlier this year.

(Sorbo is also the author of the inspiring, triumph-over-tragedy story, “True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — And How Nearly Dying Saved My Life.”)

Now Cohen’s art collecting parents, Jimmy Cohen, CEO of Hudson News Group, and Lisa Fayne Cohen — who also happen to be the founders of Galerie magazine, published by Hudson News — have turned it into Galerie’s first annual art and design showhouse, which launches with a VIP event on Aug. 5. (Jimmy is the brother of the late Page Six editor, Claudia Cohen.)

The 12,500-square-foot home, at 772 Middle Line Highway in between Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton, is being renovated by Michael Derrig.

It sits on 5.27 acres and includes a 3-acre pond.

This is also the first show house to pair interior design and art, says Fayne Cohen, Galerie’s editorial director, adding that it will feature 22 top interior designers like Nicole Fuller, and several art galleries, including Perrotin, Kasmin and Nara Roesler.

Some artists have even created site-specific installations.

Proceeds will benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s East Hampton Emergency Department.

The listing brokers were Danielle Wilson and Gary DePersia, of Corcoran. 

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Trailer for Lifetime’s ‘Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace’ drops

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The first trailer for Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace” has been released and it teases that “not all fairytales have the perfect ending.”

The movie is set to air in the fall on the channel known for its incredibly cheesy and dramatic movies.

“Escaping the Palace” is the third Lifetime film retelling the story of the former royals, this time focusing on their highly publicized exit from the British royal family, dubbed “Megxit.”

And as with most of its movies, Lifetime’s iteration of the story spares no drama.

The trailer begins with Jordan Dean as Prince Harry vowing to protect Sydney Morton as Meghan Markle. “I see you literally being hounded to death and I’m helpless to stop it,” he says in the teaser.

“I am the person who is strong and gets things right,” the fictional Meghan responds as she looks over the film’s baby Archie.

The couple then tells each other, “I can’t lose you.”

Jordan Whalen will return as Prince William, Laura Mitchell as Kate Middleton, Steve Coulter as Prince Charles and Maggie Sullivan as Queen Elizabeth II, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The official logline of the movie informs viewers that the film will recount “what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie.”

Lifetime also promises that it will “detail Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness, their disappointment that ‘The Firm’ was not defending them against the press’s attacks and Harry’s fear that history would repeat itself and he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that caused his mother’s untimely death.”

The movie is also set to delve into the private feud between Harry and his brother Prince William and their father Prince Charles, as well the conflict between Meghan and her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate.

Lifetime previously released films about the royal couple in 2018 (“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”) and 2019 (“Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal”).

The latest iteration will also re-create Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah in March, in which they were open about their struggles and decision to leave the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly been “deeply upset” by Prince Harry’s oversharing.

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My boobs keep growing ‘a lot’ — but they’re natural

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When life gives you melons, you may have to explain to the public that they’re not fake.

Salma Hayek has gone on the record to say that yes, her breasts are real — but she can understand why fans might think otherwise.

“A lot of people said that I had breast augmentation. I don’t blame them! My boobs were smaller! So was the rest of my body,” the 54-year-old actress said Wednesday on “Red Table Talk,” the Facebook Watch series Jada Pinkett Smith co-hosts with her daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. 

Her growth, however, is all natural. Hayek explained that it happened significantly during life changes like pregnancy, menopause and periods of weight gain. 

“For some women, they get smaller. But there are some women that when you gain weight, your boobs grow, and other women that when you have children and you breastfeed your boobs grow and they don’t go back down, and then in some of the cases when you are in menopause, they grow again,” she said. “I just happen to be one of those women that it happened in every single step! When I gain weight, when I got pregnant and when I am in menopause.”

While her breasts “just kept growing,” she said it’s been a pain.

“Many, many sizes. And my back has been really suffering from it,” she said. “And not a lot of people talk about this.”

While the hot flashes and emotional intensity of menopause are often talked about, Hayek noted that the breast growth came as a surprise.

“I’ll tell you what they don’t tell you. The boobs grow — a lot,” said Hayek, who recently announced an HBO Max project about talking menopausal boobs.

Getting older, though, has also taught the entertainer that stereotypes about women expiring when they hit a certain age are a completely, destructive narrative.

“There’s no expiration dates for women. That has to go. Because you can kick ass at any age. You can hold your own at any age, you can dream at any age, you can be romantic at any age,” she said. “We have the right to be loved for who we are at the place that we are. We’re not just here to make babies, we’re not just here to baby the men. We’re not just here to service everything and everyone around us.”

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