The 2016 Michelin Guide to New York was announced earlier than originally planned last night, thanks to social media.
According to the website Eater, Michelin called certain chefs to let them know that they’d earned or maintained their star(s), and the chefs then shared the news on social media.
As for the big winners, the six three-star restaurants from last year maintained their status. Since 2011, when Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Eleven Madison Park were inducted into three-star fame, the Michelin Guide hasn’t added any new restaurants to its top echelon. Though, it has demoted one restaurant, Daniel, to two stars.
In all, 10 new restaurants were added to the one-star list this year, and Danny Meyer’s The Modern was elevated from one star to two. Longtime favourites 15 East, Gotham Bar and Grill, Lincoln, and Seäsonal were among the restaurants to lose their star and fall off the list.
The biggest snubs were Annisa (upgraded to three stars by the New York Times in 2014), Cosme (from the chef behind the No. 16 restaurant in the world), and Sushi Nakazawa (one of only six NYC restaurants to earn four New York Times stars).
Here’s the Michelin Guide’s complete 2016 list:
Three Stars: “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Two Stars: “Excellent cuisine, worth a detour”
The Modern (previously one star)
One Star: “A very good restaurant in its category”
Delaware and Hudson
The Finch (new)
Gabriel Kreuther (new)
Gotham Bar and Grill
Luksus at Tørst
The Musket Room
M. Wells Steakhouse
Pok Pok NY
The River Café
Somtum Der (new)
Sushi of Gari
Sushi Yasuda (new)
Tempura Matsui (new)
Uncle Boons (new)
ZZ’s Clam Bar
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