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Here are NYC’s Michelin-starred restaurants for 2018

Find out who’s up (sushi!), who’s down (Jean-Georges!) and the new starred eateries in town from the 2018 Michelin Guide to NYC.
Upscale English spot The Clocktower in the Flatiron District is a newcomer to the Michelin Guide in 2018. Credit: Facebook
Upscale English spot The Clocktower in the Flatiron District is a newcomer to the Michelin Guide in 2018. Credit: Facebook

The 2018 Michelin Guide to New York City has arrived, dishing out another shocking demotion for a longtime classic and a new milestone for Japanese restaurants.

The list of 72 restaurants considered the best in the city was assembled by a team of anonymous inspectors and spans three boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn and a lone Queens entry. Michelin's Bib Gourmand guide to the best affordable restaurants, was released last week.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship, Jean-Georges, was docked one star by Michelin, dropping it to two-star status.

“It was a difficult decision for us to make,” Michelin Guide director Michael Ellis 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.

“Our hope is that he’ll be able to get that third star back very quickly.”

The last time the guide demoted a New York City restaurant was in the 2016 guide, when chef Daniel Boulud’s Daniel was knocked down a peg from three stars to two, where it remains on the 2018 list.

Despite the New York Times’ scathing review of Per Se, the classic French restaurant retained its three-star Michelin rating.  

In happier news, Sushi Ginza Onodera in Midtown East has become not just New York City’s but the United States’ first-ever two-star Japanese restaurant, up from its debut with one star in the 2017 guide.

“Our inspection team enjoyed their initial visits to Sushi Ginza Onodera, and return visits this year confirmed it is on par with two-starred sushi restaurants around the globe,” said Ellis.

That’s not the only good news for fans of Asian food. Out of the six new restaurants that earned one star, three feature cuisines from Japan and South Korea. All of the new restaurants are in Manhattan.

There are only 127 one-star restaurants in the world, and New York City has 56 of them. There are also 11 restaurants with two stars, and five with three stars, out of 116 worldwide.

Here's the full list, with new entries bolded:

Three Stars

"Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey."

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Midtown West — chef César Ramirez

Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square — chef Daniel Humm

Le Bernardin, Midtown West — chef Eric Ripert

Masa, Midtown West — chef Masa Takayama

Per Se, Midtown West — chef Thomas Keller

Two Stars

"Excellent cuisine, worth a detour."

Manhattan:

Aquavit, Midtown East

Atera, Tribeca

Daniel, Upper East Side

Jean-Georges, Upper West Side

Jungsik, Tribeca

Ko, East Village

Marea, Midtown West

The Modern, Midtown West

Sushi Ginza Onodera, Midtown East

Brooklyn:

Aska, Williamsburg

Blanca, Fort Greene & Bushwick

One Star

"High quality cooking, worth a stop."

Manhattan:

Agern, Midtown East

Ai Fiori, Midtown West

Aldea, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Aureole, Midtown West

Babbo, Greenwich & West Village

Bar Uchū, Lower East Side

Bâtard, Tribeca

Blue Hill, Greenwich & West Village

The Breslin, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Café Boulud, Upper East Side

Café China, Midtown East

Carbone, Greenwich & West Village

Casa Mono, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Caviar Russe, Midtown East

The Clocktower, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Contra, Lower East Side

Cote, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Del Posto, Chelsea

Dovetail, Upper West Side

Gabriel Kreuther, Midtown West

Gotham Bar and Grill, Greenwich & West Village

Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Günter Seeger NY, Greenwich & West Village

Hirohisa, SoHo & Nolita

Jewel Bako, East Village

Junoon, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Kajitsu, Midtown East

Kanoyama, East Village

Kyo Ya, East Village

L’Appart, Financial District

La Sirena, Chelsea

Minetta Tavern, Greenwich & West Village

The Musket Room, SoHo & Nolita

Nix, Greenwich & West Village

NoMad, Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square

Rouge Tomate, Chelsea

Satsuki, Midtown West

Sushi Amane, Midtown East

Sushi Inoue, Harlem, Morningside & Washington Heights

Sushi Yasuda, Midtown East

Sushi Zo, Greenwich & West Village

Tempura Matsui, Midtown East

Tori Shin, Midtown West

Uncle Boons, SoHo & Nolita

Ushiwakamaru, Chelsea

Wallsé, Greenwich & West Village

ZZ's Clam Bar, Greenwich & West Village

Brooklyn:

Delaware and Hudson, Williamsburg

Faro, Fort Greene & Bushwick

The Finch, Fort Greene & Bushwick

La Vara, Downtown Brooklyn

Meadowsweet, Williamsburg

Peter Luger, Williamsburg

Rebelle, SoHo & Nolita

The River Café, Downtown Brooklyn

Queens:

Casa Enríque, Long Island City

 
 
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