Photographer: Francesco Tonelli/Courtesy of Jean-Georges

New York Michelin Stars Announced for 2016: Winners and Losers

The guide promotes The Modern to two stars and adds 10 new one-star restaurants.

Europe's largest tiremaker, Michelin, announced its New York City restaurant award winners Wednesday in a release prior to an event at the Classic Car Club in SoHo. Since 2005, Michelin has announced stars for New York City restaurants (back then, its only recipients outside of Manhattan were Peter Luger and Saul). 

This year 76 restaurants received stars, and 10 newcomers were added to the one-star list including Tempura Matsui (with its recently launched $200 tempura omakase that includes fried shrimp heads), Sushi Yasuda, Cagen, and Hirohisa.

The excellent, vegetable-forward tasting menu at Semilla, which opened at the end of last year in Brooklyn, was recognized with a star. In Manhattan, new winners include Somtum Der (formerly a Bib Gourmand restaurant), the fantastic Thai restaurant Uncle Boons, modern French bistro Rebelle, and Gabriel Kreuther's eponymous and luxurious fine dining restaurant (which we reviewed on Bloomberg last week).

The Modern at the MoMA was promoted from one star to two; the restaurant was recently awarded three stars from Bloomberg. There was no movement this year in the three-star category.

Lincoln Ristorante, the upscale Italian restaurant at Lincoln Center, which had a star last year, is no longer on the list. Neither is the sushi bar 15 East, whose chef Masato Shimizu left earlier this year. Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan has also fallen off.

Find the full list below.

Also note that last week, Michelin announced its list of 2016 Bib Gourmand winners (restaurants offering good value for money, according to the guide's inspectors), with many of the 133 picks landing in Queens and Brooklyn, plus a few standouts in the Bronx and Staten Island. 

Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert's seafood restaurant in the Theater District (which also happens to serve a mean steak tartare), maintains three Michelin stars.
Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert's seafood restaurant in the Theater District (which also happens to serve a mean steak tartare), maintains three Michelin stars.
Photographer: Francesco Tonelli/Courtesy of Le Bernardin

Three Stars

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Jean-Georges
Le Bernardin
Masa
Per Se 

 

Atera's new chef Ronny Emborg, who plated this cheese truffle with fermented mushroom dish, held on to the restaurant's two Michelin stars.
Atera's new chef Ronny Emborg, who plated this cheese truffle with fermented mushroom dish, held on to the restaurant's two Michelin stars.
Photographer: Signe Birck/Courtesy of Atera

 

Two Stars

Aquavit
Atera
Blanca
Daniel
Ichimura
Jungsik
Marea
The Modern
Momofuku Ko
Soto

 

 

Emma Bengtsson was Aquavit's pastry chef until May 2014, when she took command of the entire kitchen; she was later awarded two Michelin stars. 
Emma Bengtsson was Aquavit's pastry chef until May 2014, when she took command of the entire kitchen; she was later awarded two Michelin stars. 
Photographer: Dominic Perri/Bloomberg

One Star

Ai Fiori
Aldea
Andanada
Aureole
Babbo
Bâtard
Betony
Blue Hill
Bouley
The Breslin
Brushstroke
Café Boulud
Café China
Cagen
Carbone
Casa Enríque
Casa Mono
Caviar Russe
Delaware and Hudson
Del Posto
Dovetail
The Finch
Gabriel Kreuther
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Hirohisa
Jewel Bako
Juni
Junoon
Kajitsu
Kyo Ya
La Vara
Luksus at Tørst
Meadowsweet
Minetta Tavern
The Musket Room
M. Wells Steakhouse
NoMad
Peter Luger
Picholine
Piora
Pok Pok Ny
Public
Rebelle
The River Café
Rosanjin
Semilla
Somtum Der
Spotted Pig
Sushi Azabu
Sushi of Gari
Sushi Yasuda
Take Root
Telepan
Tempura Matsui
Tori Shin
Tulsi
Uncle Boons
Wallsé
ZZ’s Clam Bar

Tejal Rao is the New York food critic for Bloomberg. Follow her on Twitter at @tejalrao and Instagram at @tejalra, or contact her at trao9@bloomberg.net.

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