Michelin releases restaurant rankings for New York ahead of time

NEW YORK • Michelin released next year's restaurant rankings for New York on Tuesday - several days earlier than planned, because the guidebooks were made available early.

There are no changes in its coveted three-star rankings, which remain at six: Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se.

Ten restaurants have two stars, with the addition of Aska, the brand-new tasting menu spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from notable Nordic chef and Noma alumnus Frederik Berselius.

The other change on the two-star list is the dropping of Ichimura at Brushstroke, the destination sushi spot in downtown New York which is closed and supposedly relocating.

(The nine other two-star stalwarts are Aquavit, Atera, Blanca, Daniel, Momofuku Ko, Jungsik, Marea, The Modern and Soto.)

There are a dozen new one-star restaurants, which include some unsurprising entries: Mario Batali's La Sirena and Gunter Seeger NY, both from long-standing chefs who have a lot of Michelin credibility.

Then there is Nix, the delightful vegetarian restaurant in the Village, and Contra, the forward-thinking spot on the Lower East Side. Among the other new entries, sushi is a big winner: Ushiwakamaru, Sushi Inoue, Sushi Zo, Kanonyama and Sushi Ginza Onodera.

And rounding out the new one-star places are Agern in Grand Central Station, as well as Faro and L'Appart in the Brookfield Place shopping mecca.

In addition to shuttered restaurants such as Juni and Rosanjin, a handful of other places lost their one-star status: Brushstroke and Bouley, which chef David Bouley says he will relocate, and M. Wells Steakhouse, Pok Pok NY, Somtum Der, Spotted Pig and Sushi Azabu.

The list may leave some with questions. Michelin has not awarded stars to Le CouCou, the beguiling French restaurant from Daniel Rose and Stephen Starr that has been standing room since it opened in June; Olmsted, the outstanding Brooklyn restaurant with a garden in the back and modern American cooking from chef Greg Baxtrom; and Missy Robbins' Lilia, another hit Brooklyn restaurant with stupendous pastas.

There are 77 starred New York restaurants in the latest guide, which goes on sale this week.

NYTIMES, BLOOMBERG

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