Michelin has just released its 11th annual guide to New York City restaurants, one of the most highly anticipated lists of gourmet fare in the world.This year, the guide features 76 restaurants that have earned one, two, or three stars.In total, 11 new restaurants have earned this badge of culinary prestige.The big news this year is that Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group’s The Modern, nestled inside the Museum of Modern Art, was bumped up to two stars.
In addition, 10 restaurants got their first Michelin star including four high-end Japanese restaurants: Tempura Matsui in Midtown East (focusing on tempura as “an art form”), Sushi Yasuda near Grand Central Station (high-end sushi under Chef Mitsuru Tamura), Cagen in the East Village known for its omakase, and Hirohisa in SoHo, famous for its nine-course omakase.
Michelin has also noted that many of the new (and returning) star selections were awarded to restaurants in the outer boroughs including vegetarian-focused Semilla in Williamsburg, and sophisticated American restaurant, The Finch in Clinton Hill.
Last year, the culinary world was shocked when Daniel Boulud’s flagship restaurant on the Upper East Side, Daniel, lost a star. In the 2016 guide, Daniel still stands at two stars.