Following the now-standard announcement from Michelin last week of its ostensibly affordable “Bib Gourmand” restaurants in New York, the storied tire company today unveiled its annual, and much-debated, list of starred restaurants in the city as well. Somewhat interestingly, the company decided to wait and unveil the full list late today, at 5 p.m. (Many chefs, however, jumped on Twitter early to relay the news of their stars after they heard from Michelin’s reps yesterday and this morning.)
Anyway, the list, as it always does, leans heavily on fine-dining spots and hews closely to last year’s selections. There are no huge shocks, but there are some notable changes. The biggest news is that the Modern has been bumped up to two stars under executive chef Abram Bissell, who took control of the kitchen earlier this year after Gabriel Kreuther left. Kreuther, meanwhile, now has one star to show for the cooking at his own, brand-new eponymous restaurant. And Atera, which went through a chef shuffle of its own, retains its two-star standing now that Ronny Emborg has taken over for Matthew Lightner.
Tempura Matsui — midtown’s luxe tempura tasting bar — has also been added to the list of starred restaurants. And Uncle Boons, the Thai restaurant that’s basically impossible not to love, now has a star to show for itself, too, (though Zabb Elee has been bumped out of the star list). Williamsburg’s tiny Semilla, a veggie-focused tasting counter that has found plenty of fans, also gets a star, as does the Finch in Clinton Hill, and the new Bowery wine spot Rebelle. Finally, alas, Daniel Boulud will have to wait at least one more year to get the third star back at Daniel, which still has two.
Now here’s the full list:
One Star (“A very good restaurant in its category”)
Delaware and Hudson
Gotham Bar and Grill
The Musket Room
M. Wells Steakhouse
Picholine (which is now closed)
Pok Pok Ny
The River Café
The Spotted Pig
Sushi of Gari
Take Root (which is currently closed for renovations but should reopen later this fall)
ZZ’s Clam Bar
Update: Here are the 2017 Michelin stars for New York.