Michelin typically awards new venues one star. The last New York restaurant to earn two stars right out of the gate was Atera.
To put this all in perspective: Aska now has as many Michelin stars as Noma.
Anonymous inspectors award worthy venues with either one star ("a very good restaurant in its category"), two stars ("excellent cuisine, worth a detour"), or three stars ("exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey").
New entrants to the one star category included: Claus Meyer’s Agern, Gunter Seeger, Fabian Von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone’s Contra, Mario Batali’s La Sirena, Faro in Bushwick, the food hall restaurant L’Appart in Le District, John Fraser’s vegetable-heavy Nix, Sushi Ginza Onodera, Sushi Inoue, Sushi Zo, and Ushiwakamaru.
Le Coucou, Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose’s universally acclaimed old-school French spot is perhaps the biggest snub of this year’s guide. Missy Robbins, who previously held stars for both A Voce’s she ran, was also oddly left out of the starred ranks for her beloved Lilia. Ichimura at Brushstroke, which previously held two stars, is no longer on the list, presumably because the restaurant is moving, and word on the street is that the Ichimura is no longer working there.
For a sixth straight year, no new restaurants were admitted into the three star category. During that same time frame, San Francisco’s ranks of three star spots has grown from one to six. New York’s also has six three star spots; those venues are Le Bernardin, Masa, Jean-Georges, Eleven Madison Park, The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, and somewhat controversially, Per Se.
A few high profile restaurants disappeared from the starred ranks, including April Bloomfield's The Spotted Pig and David Bouley's Brushstroke. Also worth noting: Somtum Der and Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Ny were also stricken from the list, which means New York is now left with just a single Michelin-starred Thai restaurant: Uncle Boons.
Here is the full list of starred restaurants in the 2017 New York Michelin Guide.
Three Star Restaurants:
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Two Star Restaurants:
Delaware & Hudson
Gotham Bar & Grill
Gunter Seeger (new)
La Sirena (new)
Luksus at Torst
The Musket Room
The River Cafe
Sushi Ginza Onodera (new)
Sushi Inoue (new)
Sushi of Gari
Sushi Zo (new)
ZZ’s Clam Bar