While most New Yorkers had their eyes on the election yesterday, Michelin quietly released its own verdicts.
The revered gastronomic guide awarded four new restaurants two stars, and 13 new eateries one star. There are no new three-starred establishments-there haven't been any additions to the existing set of five since 2012. That might seem low, but considering that there are only 120 restaurants in the world with three-star status, it isn't all that surprising.
Among the new honorees this year are Jeju Noodle Bar, a West Village eatery serving ramyun, the Korean variation of the more ubiquitous ramen. It's the first noodle soup restaurant to earn a Michelin star in the U.S.-a little surprising given the caliber of many stateside ramen spots.
Claro, a Oaxacan restaurant in Gowanus, Brooklyn, became that neighborhood's first Michelin-starred joint. Mexican restaurant Oxomoco in Greenpoint also made the one-star cut, as did the much-hyped French spot Le Coucou. When the latter missed the 2018 list in its debut year, it was largely considered a snub.
A 2019 two-star commendation came too late for Tetsu Basement, a $350-per-head kaiseki spot that closed a little over a month ago. Tetsu Basement's Chef Masayoshi Takayama can't be too upset though, as his flagship restaurant Masa still has its coveted three-star rating.
And for those who missed out on Tetsu Basement, there are plenty of other newly-starred Japanese eateries to try: Nakazawa, Kosaka, Noda, Okuda, and Sushi Noz. Together, these five restaurants take up a high percentage of the 13 new one-star establishments.
While foodies and restauranteurs analyze the results, bemoaning perceived snubs and unpopular winners, most New Yorkers can sit content. Any way you slice it, there's a lot of good food in this city.
The Complete List:
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Gabriel Kreuther (new)
Ichimura at Uchū (new)
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (new)
Sushi Ginza Onodera
Tetsu Basement (new, closed)
Bouley at Home (new)
Gotham Bar and Grill
Günter Seeger NY
Jeju Noodle Bar (new)
Le Coucou (new)
Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (new)
The Musket Room
The River Café
Sushi Nakazawa (new)
Sushi Noz (new)
ZZ’s Clam Bar
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