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For your reference:

THREE STARS
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare*
Daniel
Eleven Madison Park*
Jean Georges
Le Bernardin
Masa
Per Se

TWO STARS
Corton
Gilt
Gordon Ramsay at The London
Kajitsu
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon*
Marea
Momofuku Ko
SHO Shaun Hergatt*
Soto

ONE STAR
Adour
Ai Fiori (N)
Aldea
annisa
Aureole
A Voce Columbus
A Voce Madison
Blue Hill
Bouley
The Breslin
Brushstroke (N)
Cafe Boulud
Casa Mono
Danji (N)
Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen
Del Posto
Dovetail
Dressler
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Heartbreak (N)
Jewel Bako
Junoon (N)
Kyo Ya
Laut
Marc Forgione
Minetta Tavern
Modern (The)
Oceana
Peter Luger
Picholine*
Public
River Cafe
Rosanjin (N)
Rouge Tomate
Saul
Seasonal
Spotted Pig
Sushi Azabu
Sushi of Gari
Tamarind Tribeca (N)
Tori Shin (N)
Tulsi (N)
Veritas
Wallse
wd~50

* = change
(N) = new addition

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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

Wallse
344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014

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

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Gari
370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Jewel Bako
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

Picholine
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

Kyo Ya
94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Rosanjin
141 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

Oceana
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

Marc Forgione
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

Laut
15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Sushi Azabu
428 Greenwich St (basement), New York, NY 10013

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Rouge Tomate
10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Kajitsu
414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

A Voce
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Masa
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Tulsi
211 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Danji
346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Junoon
27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

  1. Like I said in the other thread, I'm very happy for SHO Shaun Hergatt. So pleased that it's finally being recognized. The Times should do a re-review.

    Also nice to see Junoon joining the ranks of the one stars. Though I wonder if hell will freeze over before a Chinese restaurant makes it. I'm thinking Jungsik could be a contender, however, for next year, representing Korean. Will have to visit Danji soon.

    Unfortunately, Picholine was demoted to one star.

    1. This will become a trans-borough discussion, but here are my two cents:

      --Very pleased to see SHO Shaun Hergatt get upgraded, particularly in view of Sifton's misguided review.
      --Overjoyed about Cesar Ramirez' upgrade. At this price point, however, I can no longer make three visits there a year and the third star may increase the price yet again. Nevertheless, my meals at Bklyn Fare have been among the most memorable of my life. Clearly, he has a joy for what he does and does it uniquely well.
      --Surprised at the lack of representation of Brooklyn on the list (ok, ok, there are a few old standbys), but I would like to have seen Al di La and Applewood get one star for what they do.

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      SHO Shaun Hergatt
      40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

      1. So, my first thoughts...

        It seems that Michelin actually took to heart some of the criticisms of the past year's edition, much as last year they seemed to take to heart (some) previous criticisms:

        First, congratulations to the inspectors for realizing there is three-star food outside of walking distance of Central Park South.

        As to the two new two-starrers: more French. Yawn. Not that I don't think SHO deserves it, mind you. But it'd be nice to see more non-French up there.

        Second, congrats to them for finally dining in a few of our Indian restaurants. Three(!) made the list. Good on them, though I'm a surprised Devi wasn't in there as well.

        They demoted Picholine but not the well-past-their-primes Gilt and GR@TL? If those are two-star restaurants, so are half the one-star list.

        Really thought Aquavit would get a star this year. The food (supposedly the only qualifying factor) has been great of late. Could be no inspector set foot in there in the last year, though. Of course, I suspect no inspector set foot in the aformentioned Gilt or GR@TL either, thus they get to keep their rankings.

        And with the exception of Marea, Italian cuisine still ranks pretty low among the inspectors. Sorry, Batali. Babbo is still unworthy.

        And wow, a Korean restaurant. Granted, we haven't really had any Michelin-worthy ones before. But still no Chinese, they're relegated to the "Budget Gourmand" ghetto. Sigh. Maybe next year.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        1. I'm happy about Junoon and SHO, but I would like to see Ciano and Kittichai get a star. Maybe La Silhouette too. Soto, though good, does not strike me as a two-star. One, maybe.

          1. I heard that if you add "Fine French Cuisine" to the end of your restaurant name you automatically get an upgrade of 2 stars.

            1. First, let me offer one of the many congratulations that we will see on CH for EMP and its third star. It's interesting in that I had heard from someone that as a matter of Michelin policy, they can only raise a restaurant by 1 star from year to year. I guess that's no longer the case.

              Also well deserved is SHO's new 2 star rank. The food is definitely top notch. Recent review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805366

              Although I'm very happy to see three Indian restaurants make the 1 stars (I'm going to Junoon tomorrow), and the overall diversity among the 1 stars, I'm wondering if the list of 1 stars is getting too big and too broad. And if they do intend to cover so many, how many restaurants will be missed? For example, I can't imagine Sushi of Gari and Sushi Azabu being given stars while Yasuda, 15 East, Kurumazushi, Sushi Seki do not. It just seems like a mess to me.

              1. As always there's plenty to quibble over, but for now I am content to bask in the reflected glow of Eleven Madison Park's three stars. Congratulations to Chef Humm, Will Guidara, and everyone else who has contributed to my superlative dining experiences there, from the captains to the busboys. Bravo!

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                Eleven Madison Park
                11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                1. So Michelin agrees with me that Tori Shin is better than Yakitori Totto.

                  ...I'm pretty sure this weakens my position.

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                  Yakitori Totto
                  251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                  1. Since we have a very active thread on this topic running concurrently, we'll close this one to consolidate the discussion on that one, at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809654