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New York’s Fine Dining Scene Is Skewing in One Direction

Japanese cuisine dominates, but no changes on the highest level, according to the latest Michelin Guide.

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Photographer: Gabriela Herman/Bloomberg

If you want to get a Michelin star in New York, the first, best thing you can do is put the word “sushi” in your restaurant’s name. Or at least make sure your menu pays homage to Japanese cuisine.

When the Michelin Guide announced its 2019 New York City winners on Tuesday, 17 restaurants earned new stars—and six of them were Japanese. French cuisine did OK: Three of the new entries checked the box, two of which were from Joël Robuchon, the legendary chef who passed away earlier this year. Two newcomers were Mexican, including the thrilling new Oaxacan restaurant Claro.