Following the release of the Michelin Stars documentary last month, which explored a realistic understanding of life behind the restaurant industry and essentially what it takes to earn the coveted culinary honor, the French tire company has just released its annual ranking of New York’s finest restaurants that are deemed worthy of a visit.

While Michelin awarded seven restaurants new stars in its 2018 New York guide, demotions are also noted, particularly Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship, Jean Georges, famous for its French and Asian fusion cuisine, going from the highest ranking three stars to two.

In case you were wondering, one star means “high quality cooking, worth a stop;” two stars indicates “excellent cooking, worth a detour;” three stars signifies “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”

Sushi Ginza Onodera, a high-end branch of a Tokyo eatery, was the only restaurant to upgraded to the two-star category this year, following its one-star rating last year. Interestingly, about 20 percent of the 2018 New York guide’s starred selections are now Japanese cuisine.

Additionally, a few new restaurants have been added to the one-star category, which includes Clocktower, Cote, and the latest iteration of Rouge Tomate.

Check out the full list and share your thoughts below.

Three Stars

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (relocated to Manhattan)

Eleven Madison Park (retained star post-renovation)

Le Bernardin

Masa

Per Se

Two Stars

Aquavit

Aska

Atera

Blanca

Daniel

Jean-Georges (downgraded)

Jungsik

Ko

Marea

The Modern

Ginza Onodera (upgraded)

One Star

Agern

Ai Fiori

Aldea

Aureole

Babbo

Bar Uchu (new)

Batard

Blue Hill

The Breslin

Cafe Boulud

Cafe China

Carbone

Casa Enrique

Casa Mono

Caviar Russe

The Clocktower (new)

Contra

Cote (new)

Del Posto

Delaware and Hudson

Dovetail

Faro

The Finch

Gabriel Kreuther

Gotham Bar and Grill

Gramercy Tavern

Gunter Seeger

Hirohisa

Jewel Bako

Junoon

Kajitsu

Kanoyama

Kyo Ya

L’Appart

La Sirena

La Vara

Meadowsweet

Minetta Tavern

Musket Room

Nix

NoMad

Peter Luger

Rebelle

River Cafe

Rouge Tomate (new)

Satsuki (new)

Sushi Amane (new)

Sushi Inoue

Sushi Yasuda

Sushi Zo

Tempura Matsui

Tori Shin

Uncle Boons

Ushiwakamaru

Wallse

ZZ’s Clam Bar

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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