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Oct 4, 2010 11:44 AM

NYC 2011 Michelin Star Predictions?

The list is out in two days. Not much time for predictions but I figure it's always entertaining (and I'm surprised no one's posted about this).

Any predictions for additions/subtractions or new entries?

The 2010 list:

Three Stars (* means it’s a newly starred restaurant )
Daniel *
Jean Georges
Le Bernardin
Per Se

Two Stars (* means it’s a newly starred restaurant)
Alto *
Corton *
Gordon Ramsay at the London
Momofuku Ko

One Star
A Voce *
Blue Hill
Bouley *
Café Boulud
Casa Mono *
Convivio *
Del Posto
eighty one
Eleven Madison Park *
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Jewel Bako
Kajitsu *
Kyo Ya
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Marc Forgione *
Marea *
Minetta Tavern *
Modern (The)
Perry Street
Peter Luger
Rhong-Tiam *
River Café *
Rouge Tomate *
Seäsonal *
Shalizar *
SHO Shaun Hergatt *
Soto *
Spotted Pig
Sushi Azabu *
Sushi of Gari

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  1. Pretty standard. I would question A Voce and Spotted Pig getting a star. I bet SHO gets 2 stars next year.

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    A Voce
    41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

    1. I think EMP and Del Posto both move to 2 stars. Gordon Ramsay and Gilt get knocked down to 1 star.

      I think The Modern maybe has a chance at 2 stars but I don't think so.

      As for newcomers/new 1-stars....I think Aldea gets a star. I'm definitely forgetting a lot for now but that's just off the top of my head

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      1. Alto & Corton move down one slot. Marea, EMP, The Modern, Del Posto, and WD-50 all move up one. Colicchio & Sons debuts with one star, as does Hearth. And they take minor note of the complaints about the lack of Asian cuisines, so something (I'd guess Soto or Kyo-Ya) moves up for the deuce. Yasuda, however, remains conspicuously absent, and Chinatown continues to be ignored. And overall, most people will still agree it's still a crap list that favors French and New American too heavily.

        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        Colicchio & Sons
        85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: sgordon

          Good call on the two promotions for Japanese.

        2. I do think that Alto and Corton should retain their two stars.

          I'm in the miinority, but I actually agree with the 2010 Michelin two and three star designations, with the exception of Gilt and Gordon Ramsay (I haven't been to either).

          I can't really comment on the one stars since I haven't been to most of them. Though I'd be thrilled if The Modern Dining Room moved up a notch.

          We'll find out tomorrow.

          239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          12 Replies
          1. re: peter j

            Is Michelin relevant in NYC? I think not. Their guide is one of the most poorly written, worst guide books I have ever laid eyes on. Totally useless.

            1. re: salvati

    's fun to guess the stars.

              And it's not like they got the 3 starred restos wrong

              1. re: wreckers00

                I think you could make more than a case for JG or LB not being 3 stars... if you were to be consistent with the same standards they hold the restaurants in Europe.

                Not that it's likely to happen with established chefs of that stature (but it sure would make for a helluva buzz!)

                Haven't been to enough of the newcomers this year but it's hard for me to see any debuts above the one star level this year. Among the existing list I'm going to say EMP and Del Posto bump up to 2, along with maybe The Modern; SHO for me is not quite there yet - maybe. Alto, Corton or Gilt moves down to 1; Anthos, A Voce, Dressler, eighty-one & Etats-Unis (closed), Rhong-Tiam, Shalizar, all go to zilch.

                Yikes, that'd make a lot of deductions. I sure hope Michelin comes up with a few curveballs this year, although I'm blanking on where they could come from.

                1. re: ramenbound

                  Add Veritas to the list (closed) and it's yet another deduction...

                  43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

              2. re: salvati

                I agree with you about the graphic design and the way it's written, but I think the ratings are the most reliable of the major sources. The NYT is no longer reliable at all.

                1. re: brooklyndude

                  Has Corton really dropped? I was planning on going soon, but may rethink it?

                  1. re: wreckers00

                    Corton is better than ever. By all means go.

                    Corton and Alto retained their 2 stars.

                    EMP remains in the 1 star tier, and I have no issues with that,

                    1. re: peter j

                      Michelin is meaningful to a certain demographic. Most New Yorkers have no clue what it is and really couldn't care. The NYT review has also become for a niche. Basically, whether good or bad, most people get their info on restaurants from the internet. Why spend bucks on a pompous, vapid rag like Michelin?

                      1. re: salvati

                        You can trash Michelin as much as you like, but the fact remains that, according to the New York Times, NYC chefs are taking the rankings very seriously because each additional star results in a significant increase in business.


                        1. re: peter j

                          If the NYTimes says it, it must be so.

                    2. re: wreckers00

                      I think Corton is one of the two or three best place for food in the city right now. Service is spotty and the room isn't that great. Wine list is decent.