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Michelin Has Awarded 2019 Stars to These New York City Restaurants

The results are in from the world's oldest restaurant guide.
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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.

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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:


THREE STARS

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Le Bernardin
Masa
Per Se

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TWO STARS

Aquavit
Aska
Atera
Blanca
Daniel
Gabriel Kreuther (new)
Ichimura at Uch? (new)
Jean-Georges
Jungsik
Ko
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (new)
Marea
The Modern
Sushi Ginza Onodera
Tetsu Basement (new, closed)

ONE STAR

Agern
Ai Fiori
Aldea
Atomix (new)
Babbo
Bar Uch?
Bâtard
Blue Hill
Bouley at Home (new)
Café Boulud
Café China
Carbone
Casa Enrique
Casa Mono
Caviar Russe
Claro (new)
The Clocktower
Contra
Cote
Del Posto
Faro
The Finch
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern 
Günter Seeger NY
Hirohisa
Jeju Noodle Bar (new)
Jewel Bako
Junoon
Kajitsu
Kanoyama
Kosaka (new)
Kyo Ya
L’Appart
Le Coucou (new)
Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (new)
Meadowsweet
The Musket Room
Nix
Noda (new)
NoMad
Okuda (new)
Oxomoco (new)
Peter Luger
The River Café
Satsuki
Sushi Amane
Sushi Inoue
Sushi Nakazawa (new)
Sushi Noz (new)
Sushi Yasuda
Tempura Matsui
Tuome (new)
Uncle Boons
Wallsé
ZZ’s Clam Bar

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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