Michelin stars are like the CIA secrets of the food world. You’ll know the results when the company decides you should. For New York, those secrets were expected to be released Thursday morning, when inspectors were slated to call chefs to announce this year’s star winners. But a copy of the guide was spotted early at Soho’s McNally Jackson, and the list leaked on Eater a full two days in advance. [Update: A Michelin rep explains that there was a miscommunication between the book distributor and the retailer on when the books could hit the shelves. Only a few copies were sold and the books have been removed. Once the story broke, the inspectors started to make their calls.]
The big news of this year’s list is Nordic-inspired Aska; a few months old, it only just opened in its second iteration and has jumped right to two-star status. And, Daniel Rose’s white-hot Le Coucou, which comes away with no stars in perhaps the most puzzling decision of the entire 2017 guide.
Meanwhile, the three-star category, which Michelin deems as restaurants worthy of a special journey, remains the same, including Per Se, which was practically torn to shreds in a New York Times review at the start of this year.
The one-star category also has newcomers including Japan-based Sushi Ginza Onodera; Gunter Seeger; vegetable temple Nix; Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone’s tasting menu spot, Contra (but not their much-loved Wildair); Noma cofounder Claus Meyer’s spot in Grand Central, Agern; and a couple of others.
Last week, Michelin released its Bib Gourmands, a less prestigious but still important nod to more affordable restaurants in the city, including Olmsted (which could easily be on track for a star next year). Untitled, which held a spot on that list last year, is nowhere to be found on a Michelin list this year.
Chefs across the city are taking to Twitter and Instagram to share their thoughts. What do you think of this year’s list? Tweet at us @TastingTable.
— Kevin Adey (@ChefKevinA) November 15, 2016
Today, it is my great pleasure to announce that we have earned our first Michelin Star. Our team… https://t.co/0OEHpj5koh
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Delaware & Hudson
Gotham Bar & Grill
Luksus at Torst
The Musket Room
The River Cafe
Sushi Ginza Onodera
Sushi of Gari
ZZ’s Clam Bar
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