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Michelin star restaurants usa are a rating system used by the red Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality. The guide was originally developed in 1900 to show French drivers where local amenities such as restaurants and mechanics were, the rating system was first introduced in 1926 as a single star, with the second and third stars introduced in 1933. According to the Guide, one star signifies “a very good restaurant”, two stars are “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”, and three stars mean “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”.The listing of starred restaurants is updated once a year

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When Zagat released their list of 2017 Best michelin star restaurants usa of the year, I wasn’t the only one surprised to find Kingsley at the top of their list. There had been very little news on the restaurant beforehand, and after skimming through their menus and a handful of other reviews and photos, opted to come here for a friend over a weekend brunch on Superbowl Sunday.

I am truly in shock that this place has so few reviews and they have been open for nearly a year! My fiancee and I went the Saturday before Halloween to celebrate our engagement. Upon arrival was a fairly quiet dining room. Again, very surprised given the rave reviews from Zagat and others.
The service was excellent & attentive, the portions were filling, and the drinks very innovative.
The bone marrow was amazing (a must and signature dish), steak cooked perfectly, brussels sprouts in miso butter delicious and pork was best ive had.
Best part is that this place isn’t pretentious, but classy and fun at the same time. Hopefully as this place gets more popular it still maintains that vibe.
One of my all time favorite places in NYC and probably one of the nicest staff in the biz.

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Kingsley is located a little farther from the main area of East Village on Avenue B, and the stately entrance and exterior looked rather out of place in an otherwise disheveled area. Upon entering, however, we were greeted by the smiling hostess and an impressive array of ingredients from their weekend Bloody Mary Bar – an attractive draw for those who enjoy their afternoon drinks. After being seated, however, things started to go downhill.

We were without menus and water for a significant amount of time, and after our server finally came by to take our order, it took over 40 minutes until we received our first plate of food. Our server failed to update us until we got his attention to ask, and immediately deferred any blame from himself, noting that he had put the order in promptly and “didn’t know why it was taking the kitchen so long”. It was even more perplexing since there were only two or three other parties seated.

As for the food, I can’t say it was notably better or distinct. Our starting appetizer, which was  a special for the weekend was a small bowl of Chicarrones Nachos. It took what was traditionally the base of corn tortilla chips and replaced them with a handful of airy, crispy pork skins and topped them with a smoked white cheddar sauce, sliced avocado, cilantro, and crisp bacon. It was a tasty combination that was finished well with fresh cilantro, but quite small in portion especially given the price.

For our mains, we shared the Wagyu Burger; it was cooked to our requested medium rare, and we enjoyed the impressive array of toppings, including melted Brie, bacon strips, a caramelized onion aoili, brûléed pear slices, and a fried egg. The brioche bun wasn’t enough to support the burger, however, and we didn’t note anything in the ground beef patty that was particularly distinctive. As for the Crispy Pork Belly and Tator Tot Hash, we were immediately won over by the textural contrast in each piece of pork belly and the pickle flavor present in the tator tots and, of course, the runny yolk in the fried eggs.

In hindsight, the food was probably at a solid four stars, but given the lackluster experience with the service, Kingsley won’t be a restaurant that I’d look forward to returning to.