My Hometown Does Me Proud: Michelin’s 2015 NYC Restaurant Star Selections Announced

Celebrating its tenth edition, the MICHELIN guide New York City today announced its highly regarded NYC restaurant star selections. Despite how long it’s been since I relocated, it’s difficult for the native NYCer in me not to experience a bit of hometown pride in how my old stomping grounds fared.

Image credit: MichelinTravel.com
Image credit: MichelinTravel.com

Michael Ellis, The International Director of the MICHELIN guide, comments: “We are very pleased today to celebrate the 10th edition of the MICHELIN guide New York City. This guide has a special meaning for us since it marked the first MICHELIN guide for any country outside of Europe and the beginning of our worldwide development. Today, Michelin publishes guides in the US for San Francisco and Chicago, 24 editions in 24 countries and four continents!”

The tenth edition saw three restaurants rise from one to two stars.

At Blanca, located in Brooklyn, culinary genius Chef Carlo Mirachi serves up unique cuisine. Aquavit, an establishment  whose menu is inspired by usage of Nordic flavors and ingredients, is where European cuisine maestra Chef Emma Bengtsson has earned renown as the first woman chef in New York gaining two stars! Also moving up from one to two is Ichimura, a very special Japanese restaurant where the genial Chef Eiji Ichimura creatives evocative sushi and sashimi.

17 new restaurants populate the one-star category, two of which two are located in Queens: the charming Casa Enrique, (said to offer the best mole in town,) and M. Wells Steakhouse with its distinctive French-Canadian culinary influence.

This year, Michelin inspectors embraced 60 different cuisines in the guide, reflecting New York’s rich history of cultural diversity and showcasing the exciting and far-reaching culinary expressions found in a variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods, no longer concentrating the stars in a few areas. New star recipient restaurants, include Delaware and Hudson, using local seasonal ingredients to create American cuisine masterpieces; Meadowsweet, where Chef Polo Dobkin once again earns a star; Northern Thai cuisine haven Pok Pok Ny; Take Root, built on bringing the homemade charm along with its quality food; La Vara, a tapas restaurant with Sephardic and Moorish influences, and many others. Commenting on New York City’s evolving culinary scene, Michael Ellis gushes: “This is an exciting development as good quality cuisine of all different styles continues to spread across the most populous borough in New York City.”

The MICHELIN guide has become an international benchmark in fine dining. The selections of all restaurants in the guide are made by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors who dine in the New York City area regularly. These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world. This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence. As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full, and only the quality of the cuisine is evaluated. To fully assess the quality of a restaurant, the inspectors apply five criteria defined by Michelin: product quality, preparation and flavors, the chef’s personality as revealed through his or her cuisine, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu. These objective criteria are respected by all MICHELIN guide inspectors, whether in Japan, the United States, China or Europe. They guarantee a consistent selection so that a star restaurant as the same value regardless of whether it is located in Paris, New York or Tokyo.

The MICHELIN guide New York City 2015, which listed a total of 874 restaurants, goes on sale tomorrow priced at $18.99.

To find out more about the MICHELIN guide, the MICHELIN guide inspectors and the history of the MICHELIN guide, visit www.michelintravel.com

New York City MICHELIN Guide 2015

Starred establishments

Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey

Brooklyn Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare César Ramirez
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Eleven Madison Park Daniel Humm
Manhattan Upper West Side Jean-Georges Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Manhattan Midtown West Le Bernardin Eric Ripert
Manhattan Midtown West Masa Masa Takayama
Manhattan Midtown West Per Se Thomas Keller

 

Excellent cuisine, worth a detour

Manhattan Midtown East & Murray Hill Aquavit
Manhattan TriBeCa atera
Brooklyn Blanca
Manhattan Upper East Side Daniel
Manhattan TriBeCa Ichimura
Manhattan TriBeCa Jungsik
Manhattan Midtown West Marea
Manhattan East Village Momofuku Ko
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Soto

 

A very good restaurant in its category

Manhattan Midtown West Ai Fiori
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Aldea
Manhattan Upper West Side Andanada
Manhattan Midtown West Aureole
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Babbo
Manhattan TriBeCa Bâtard
Manhattan Midtown West Betony
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Blue Hill
Manhattan TriBeCa Bouley
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square The Breslin
Manhattan TriBeCa Brushstroke
Manhattan Upper East Side Café Boulud
Manhattan Midtown East & Murray Hill Café China
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Carbone
Queens Casa Enríque
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Casa Mono
Manhattan Midtown East & Murray Hill Caviar Russe
Queens Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen
Brooklyn Delaware and Hudson
Manhattan Chelsea Del Posto
Manhattan Upper West Side Dovetail
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square 15 East
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Gotham Bar and Grill
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Gramercy Tavern
Manhattan Midtown West Hakkasan
Manhattan East Village Jewel Bako
Manhattan Midtown East & Murray Hill Juni
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square Junoon
Manhattan Midtown East & Murray Hill Kajitsu
Manhattan East Village Kyo Ya
Brooklyn La Vara
Manhattan Upper West Side Lincoln
Brooklyn Luksus at Tørst
Brooklyn Meadowsweet
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Minetta Tavern
Manhattan Midtown West The Modern
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita The Musket Room
Queens Wells Steakhouse
Manhattan Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square NoMad
Brooklyn Peter Luger
Manhattan Upper West Side Picholine
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Piora
Brooklyn Pok Pok Ny
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Public
Brooklyn The River Café
Manhattan TriBeCa Rosanjin
Manhattan Midtown West Seäsonal
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Spotted Pig
Manhattan TriBeCa Sushi Azabu
Manhattan Upper East Side Sushi of Gari
Brooklyn Take Root
Manhattan Upper West Side Telepan
Manhattan Upper East Side Tori Shin
Manhattan SoHo & Nolita Torrisi Italian Specialties
Manhattan Midtown East & Murray Hill Tulsi
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District Wallsé
Queens Zabb Elee
Manhattan Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking District ZZ’s Clam Bar
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