Born in the Black Forest of Germany near the Alsatian border, Thomas began his training in his family's restaurant Zum Zacher. He continued his apprenticeship for three years in the kitchen of the famous Black Forest Hotel on Lake Titisee. The next year was spent at the world-renowned Hotel Le Richemond in Geneva. Realizing he needed to learn to speak fluent French, Thomas spent a year in Paris accomplishing just that.
At his mother's urging, he hitched a ride with a family friend to Illhauesern in Alsace to the famed Three-star Michelin rated Auberge de l'Ill. With no appointment, he sought employment with the illustrious owners - the brothers Haeberlin. It was a Monday, the restaurant was closed and his ride deparated. Thomas knocked on the kitchen door, hoping to use the phone. Chef Paul Haeberlin answered, a conversation ensued, and so began the most influential relationship in Thomas’ career.
Following his training with Haeberlin, he was Patissier and Poissonier at the Three-star Michelin Aubergine in Munich under Chef of the Century Eckart Witzigmann (Gault Milleau). He then completed his Chef's Master Degree before relocating to New York City in 1989 as Executive Chef of The Maurice at Le Parker Meridien.
Thomas Henkelmann is a recipient of the coveted titles; Relais & Châteaux— Grand Chef, Tradition et Qualite — Les Grandes Tables du Monde and Extraordinary (4*) by the New York Times. Chef Henkelmann offers Contemporary French cuisine, seasonal specialties and his famous signature dishes. With his Classic French training, a German background and intense training in France, German and Switzerland's finest Three star Michelin restaurants, it is clear they were inspiration for his menus at his establishment.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday: 5:45pm - 9:30pm
Weekly closure: Sunday and Monday (except for December)
Annual closure: 03/15/2015 - 03/26/2015
Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
Reservations: +(1) 203 869 7500 ext.: 1