The food gods giveth, and the food gods taketh away. That reminder is no doubt a bitter pill for New York restaurant luminary Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose eponymous French restaurant was downgraded from three stars to two in the newly released Michelin Guide for New York City 2018.
Eater interviewed Guide Director Michael Ellis, who explained:
Unfortunately, we saw a slow glide downward. It started off with small things … and it didn’t get any better. It was kind of on cruise control.
One restaurant, high-end omakase destination Sushi Ginza Onodera, made the reverse journey from one star to two. Said Ellis by way of explaining the upgrade:
Our inspection team enjoyed their initial visits to Sushi Ginza Onodera, and return visits this year confirmed it is on par with two-starred sushi restaurants around the globe.
All told, 72 restaurants were awarded stars, with six joining the coveted fraternity for the first time. Among the newcomers to the guide are The Clocktower, in Flatiron; Bar Uchū on the Lower East Side; Korean steakhouse Cote, also in Flatiron; and Satsuki, a 10-seat sushi counter in midtown.
Here is the complete list, where three stars designates “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey,” two means “excellent cooking, worth a detour,” and one translates to “high quality cooking, worth a stop!”
Congrats to all!
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Eleven Madison Park
Sushi Ginza Onodera (New)
Bar Uchū (New)
The Clocktower (New)
Delaware and Hudson
Gotham Bar and Grill
Günter Seeger NY
The Musket Room
The River Café
Rouge Tomate (New)
Sushi Amane (New)
ZZ’s Clam Bar