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Michelin Announces New York Stars for 2019: The Guide Awarded New Stars to 16 Restaurants

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The 2019 Michelin Guide, arguably the pinnacle of restaurant rankings, just released its latest New York City list—with three two-star additions and 13 one-star additions. And it’s a major upgrade from last year’s list: The city now has 16 newly-starred establishments compared to 2018’s paltry six, half of which were Japanese.

As for the coveted three-star roster? It was predictably ho-hum in that the same restaurants retained their stars, as they have for the past few years: Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park, Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin, Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Masa Takayama’s Masa, and César Ramirez’s Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare have all maintained their three-star status. Again. (The category has mostly remained stagnant for years, save for Jean-Georges’ demotion in the 2018 list. And its lack of movement has become a “situation” that has caused some bristling in the culinary world, considering that restaurant-rich New York is home to many places deserving of three stars.)

Gabriel Kreuther, Ichimura at Uchū, and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon are this year’s new two-star spots. But I can’t say that I’m surprised—the restaurants are right up Michelin’s alley in terms of food, ambience, and service. They’re all notable, for sure. But none are exactly groundbreaking or deeply exciting. Michelin, after all, is known for its relatively “safe” and staid choices.

There is one anomaly, though: Masa Takayama’s now-closed Tetsu Basement is technically one of the city’s two-star restaurant additions. But the guide went to press before the concept shut its doors.

As for the one-star additions Atomix, Bouley at Home, Claro, Jeju Noodle Bar, Kosaka, Le Coucou, Le Grill de Joël Robuchon, Noda, Okuda, Oxomoco, Sushi Nakazawa, Sushi Noz, and Tuome all made the cut.

It’s good to note that Asian cuisine, particularly Japanese, fared well. And for the first time in Michelin history, a noodle shop actually claimed a star. But all that aside, it’s quite confounding that no other quality noodle-forward restaurant (and New York City certainly has many) gained a star.

Mexican food also gained some traction. Claro (a Oaxacan eatery) and Oxomoco (a restaurant billed as “wood-fired Mexican”) are two of the 13 one-star new entries.

In other new-star news, it was about time for Daniel Rose’s Le Coucou, which is located within SoHo’s 11 Howard hotel. Enthusiastic diners have long rallied for its inclusion. And that first star was much-deserved. I do think, however, that many would argue that it’s a good enough restaurant to claim two stars.

Beyond all that, this year has seen several strippings: The Breslin, Aureole, Delaware and Hudson, and Minetta Tavern no longer have stars.

View the full list­—plus the 129 Bib Gourmands—below or click here.

THREE STARS (EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE, WORTH A SPECIAL JOURNEY)

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Eleven Madison Park

Le Bernardin

Masa

Per Se

TWO STARS (EXCELLENT CUISINE, WORTH A DETOUR)

Aquavit

Aska

Atera

Blanca

Daniel

Gabriel Kreuther (new entry)

Ichimura at Uchū  (new entry)

Jean Georges

Jungsik

Ko

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (new entry)

Marea

The Modern

Sushi Ginza Onodera

ONE STAR (HIGH-QUALITY COOKING, WORTH A STOP)

Agern

Ai Fiori

Aldea

Atomix (new entry)

Babbo

Bar Uchū

Batârd

Blue Hill

Bouley at Home (new entry)

Café Boulud

Café China

Carbone

Casa Enrique

Casa Mono

Caviar Russe

Claro (new entry)

The Clocktower

Contra

Cote

Del Posto

Faro

The Finch

Gotham Bar and Grill

Gramercy Tavern

Günter Seeger

Hirohisa

Jeju Noodle Bar (new entry)

Jewel Bako

Junoon

Kajitsu

Kanoyama

Kosaka (new entry)

Kyo Ya

L’Appart

Le Coucou (new entry)

Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (new entry)

Meadowsweet

Musket Room

Nix

Noda (new entry)

NoMad

Okuda (new entry)

Oxomoco (new entry)

Peter Luger

The River Café

Satsuki

Sushi Amane

Sushi Inoue

Sushi Nakazawa  (new entry)

Sushi Noz (new entry)

Sushi Yasuda

Tempura Matsui

Tuome (new entry)

Uncle Boons

Wallsé

ZZ’s Clam Bar

BIB GOURMANDS

Achilles Heel

Alley 41

Alta Calidad

Amelie

Angkor

Arharn Thai

Atla

Atoboy

Baker & Co.

Bar Primi

Bellwether

Bunker

Buttermilk Channel

Casa del Chef Bistro

Cervo’s

Cho Dang Gol

ChouChou

Ciccio

Congee Village

Convivium Osteria

Cotenna

Da Xi Sichuan

Dim Sum Go Go

DOMODOMO

Don Antonio by Starita

Donostia

Double Zero

Dumpling Galaxy

East Harbor Seafood Palace

Egg

El Molcajete

Enoteca Maria

Enzo’s

Falansai

The Flower Shop

Frankies 457 Spuntino

Freek’s Mill

Georgian Dream Café

Glady’s

Glasserie

The Good Fork

Gran Eléctrica

Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna

Hahm Ji Bach

HanGawi

Hao Noodle and Tea

Havana Café

High Street on Hudson

HinoMaru Ramen

Hometown Bar-B-Que

Houdini Kitchen Laboratory

Hunan Bistro

Hunan Café

Hwa Yuan

Il Poeta

J.G. Melon

Jin Ramen

J. Restaurant Chez Asta

Katz’s

Khe-Yo

Kiin Thai

Kiki’s

Kubeh

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

La Morada

Land of Plenty

Larb Ubol

La Vara

Lea

Legend of Taste

Lil’ Gem

Little Alley

Llama Inn

Lupa

Luzzo’s

MáLà Project

Mar’s

Mexicosina

Mile End

Miss Ada

Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Mu Ramen

New Malaysia

Norma Gastronomia Siciliana

Nyonya

Olmsted

Oso

Paet Rio

Pata Café

Pinch Chinese

Pippali

Prime Meats

Prune

Purple Yam

Ribalta

Rider

Roberta’s

Rubirosa

Runner & Stone

Russ & Daughters Cafe

Salt & Bone

San Matteo

Shalom Japan

Sip Sak

Soba-Ya

Somtum Der

Sottocasa

Speedy Romeo

Sweet Yummy House

Tang Hot Pot

Tanoreen

Tomiño

Tonchin

Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi

Tra Di Noi

Turkish Kitchen

21 Greenpoint

Ugly Baby

Ulivo

Una Pizza Napoletana

Uva

Vida

Vinegar Hill House

Vinum

Xixa

Zero Otto Nove

Zoma

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