Winners and Losers: A Closer Look at Michelin’s 2010 Picks


We’ve now had a chance to take a deep breath and comb through the new Michelin list. First, the two notable downgrades (and there weren’t many this year): Adour and Del Posto both go from two stars to one. Cru and Allen & Delancey dropped off the list after their chef departures, and so did JoJo. Meanwhile, A Voce has snagged its first star under new chef Missy Robbins — its former chef Andrew Carmellini’s new spot, Locanda Verde, fails to rank. Michael White is suddenly in possession of four stars as Alto is upgraded to two, Marea debuts with one, and Convivio gets its first. Other notable one-star debuts: Eleven Madison Park gets one, but only one versus the three four it got from Bruni. Minetta Tavern will also have to settle for a lone star. Sushi Yasuda again fails to snag a star and is passed over for Japanese spots Soto, Sushi Azabu, and Kajitsu. Tourist and special-event destination River Café gets some respectability via a star. Newcomer SHO Shaun Hergatt, recently praised by Platt, gets one. And perhaps the most unexpected picks: Persian restaurant Shalizar and Thai standby Rhong-Tiam get nods.

Earlier: Michelin Picks Are In: Daniel Upgraded to Three