New York City’s Michelin stars announced for 2018

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship New York restaurant has been downgraded from three stars for the first time in more than a decade, while Japanese cuisine dominates this year’s newly awarded restaurants in Michelin’s 2018 New York guide.

The Michelin inspectors have demoted the Central Park West restaurant Jean George, located in the Trump International Hotel & Tower, in its latest assessment of New York’s fine dining scene, awarding the restaurants its second-highest rating of two stars in 2018 New York guide.

The restaurant, known for its fusion of French cuisine with Asian ingredients, had previously held three stars since 2006. Earlier this year Vongerichten opened a ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant at The Connaught in London’s Mayfair serving “French-meets-British-meets-Asian far”.

Only five New York restaurants – Per Se, Le Bernardin, Masa, Brooklyn Fare, and Eleven Madison Park – now hold three stars.

There were however several newcomers to the city’s dining scene this year. Six new restaurants, spread across Manhattan’s sundry neighborhoods, join this year’s star selections for the first time, including three that feature Japanese cuisine.

Satsuki, Sushi Amane, and Bar Uchū have all received a Michelin star for the first time, the Korean steakhouse concept Cote also earned its first star under the leadership of owner Simon Kim and chef David Shim.

In Chelsea, Rouge Tomate finally re-opened in a historic carriage house, much to the delight of locals and tourists. Now under the direction of chef Alan Wise, the restaurant serves quality food with an emphasis on nutrition and health.

Jason Atherton’s newly opened The Clocktower received its first Michelin star this year

Jason Atherton’s The Clocktower received its first one-star rating, along with Rouge Tomate, a sister venue to the Belgian flagship, run by chef Alan Wise, with its menu focused on health and nutrition.

New York is now home to 56 one-starred restaurants, 11 two-starred restaurants and five three-starred restaurants, including Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare and Eleven Madison Park, which reopened this year after renovations.

Only one restaurant was upgraded to two stars: Sushi Ginza Onodera – the Tokyo-based sushi chain and the only Japanese-designated restaurant in the US to currently hold two stars.

“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,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. “New York has great influences from the international culinary community, and that is evident in the supreme level that chefs here are preparing not just Japanese cuisine, but Italian, French, and 55 total cuisine types represented in the current Guide.”

Michelin’s 2018 Starred Selections for New York City

Three Stars

  • Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
  • Eleven Madison Park
  • 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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