Last week, Michelin released their list of restaurants that received their Bib Gourmand distinction; now they've released their Michelin Guide New York, which includes the tire company's coveted star distinctions. For its 13th edition, the widely-respected guide has awarded 72 restaurants between one and three stars, with one very notable demotion, one promotion, and six restaurants earning their first star.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's flagship restaurant Jean-Georges has been stripped of its three star status, showing up amongst the Two Star restaurants that are still defined as "excellent cuisine, worth a detour."
"It was a difficult decision for us to make," Michael Ellis, Michelin guide director, told Eater. "Unfortunately, we saw a slow glide downward. It started off with small things...and it didn't get any better. It was kind of on cruise control."
Thomas Keller's Per Se, which was colorfully demoted by the NY Times earlier in 2016, still retains its three star status.
Michelin inspectors upgraded Sushi Ginza Onodera—which earned its first star in 2016—to join the Two Star group; it was the sole restaurant to show upward mobility for the 2018 NYC guide and is also the only Japanese restaurant in the United States to hold two stars.
In the One Star category, six restaurants made their debut for this year. Three Japanese restaurants (Satsuki, Sushi Amane and Bar Uchū) made the cut this year, as did new Korean steakhouse Cote, the revamp of Rouge Tomate, and The Clocktower.
There's a bit of a trend amongst chefs and restaurants to "return" their Michelin stars, including French Chef Sébastien Bras of Le Suquet who said he wanted to cook "without wondering whether [his] creations will appeal to Michelin's inspectors." We'll see if any NYC chefs share in that opinion.
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Sushi Ginza Onodera*
Delaware and Hudson
Gotham Bar and Grill
Günter Seeger NY
The Musket Room
The River Café
ZZ's Clam Bar