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Oct 2, 2012 12:51 PM

Michelin Stars 2013

3 stars:

Brooklyn Fare
Per Se
Le Bernardin
Jean Georges
Eleven Madison Park

2 stars:

Gordon Ramsey
Momofuku Ko

1 star:

Ai Fiori
A Voce Columbus
A Voce Madison
Blue Hill
The Breslin
Café Boulud
Café China
Casa Mono
Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen
Del Posto
15 East
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Jewel Bako
Kyo Ya
Lan Sheng
Minetta Tavern
The Modern
Peter Luger
Picholine (currently closed)
River Café
Rouge Tomate
Spotted Pig
Sushi Azabu
Sushi of Gari
Tamarind Tribeca
Tori Shin
Torrisi Italian Specialties

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  1. I've been harping for a couple years now that Chef Jernmark has deserved an upgrade at Aquavit since he really found his groove and stepped out from the shadow of his more TV-friendly predecessor. Great news for him and and his whole kitchen. Hopefully people who'd written them off as an old warhorse give them a new try under the new team, now!

    I expect most of the list will be the same as last year - anyone have predictions for other newbies / upgrades / downgrades? I'm figuring Jungsik for one, maybe two. Don't know if Kajitsu will hold their two with the new chef... hard to say. I could see Kyo Ya moving up to the deuce, perhaps.

    The continued presence of Gordon Ramsey and Gilt at the two-star level boggles my mind.

    Maybe Bouley, WD-50 or The Modern could sneak up to two as well... Acme could be a newcomer for a single star, I bet.

    Something in Brooklyn will make the list... Battersby, I'm sure. Maybe the mysterious Frej, if the inspectors ever managed to get in?

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    1. re: sgordon

      I hope Jungsik earns some Michelin stars since I had an amazing dinner with them last Friday, and would be thrilled for them to see some "love" from the Michelin judges.

      1. re: ellenost

        Yes, Jungsik absolutely deserves stars. I wish them the best.

        1. re: sgordon

          Very happy for EMP, The NoMad, Momofuku Ko, Atera and Corton.

          1. re: sgordon

            Battersby got a Bib Gourmand so it can't get a star.

            ETA -- Oops. You already know that.

            1. re: sgordon

              I went to Wd~50 a couple weeks ago. A single star is adequate, the meal is great, but not worth the 'off the beaten track' journey that the Michlein Guide describes.

              1. re: sgordon

                Totally agree, i had an AMAZING meal at Aquavit last year, as good, or rather better than Le Bern, Marea, etc... It was incredible, and a good value also. The chef greeted us at our table after we ate and was very nice, i'm extremely happy they are getting the recognition they deserve!

              2. Jungsik deserves stars. Food, decor, everything about the rest is Great.

                1. Yep, the calls are going out today! The Breslin kept its star too.

                  Very happy about the NoMad—eating there for the first time on Thursday, which is the "official" day the list is released. Totally coincidental, but I feel like it's always a good time to eat out that night.

                  I was hoping this would be the year for Roberta's, but I saw they're still on the Bib Gourmand list. Did Blanca open too late for a star?

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                  1. re: loratliff

                    I think with Blanca splitting off, Roberta's proper will never move up to a full star. I don't know what one has to do to do it - I can't remember the last time (if ever) I've eaten at Momofuku Ssam for under $40/pp, yet they seem permanently relegated to the Bib G list.

                    Just noticed Battersby was on the Bib G list... so I guess they won't be reppin' BK for the star list, then...

                  2. I have long been a fan of the Michelin Guide (I even supported them when they felt like calling themselves Guide Rouge). Lately however I've started having doubts about their criteria. As mentioned Gordon Ramsey at The London's two stars have been questioned since they opened.

                    I guess Obama can feel hip now and tell people how he ate at The NoMad before they got their star. He'll only be missing the pastel Wayfarers.

                    1. NYT article:

                      I'm quite shocked that Lan Sheng got a star, tbh...

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                      1. re: kyph0515

                        Lan Sheng is good and all, but a Michelin star...? Cafe China too.... It's puzzling. Right now, my favorite Sichuan restaurant is Land of Plenty.

                        However, I'm very happy about Hakkasan's 1 star, as well as 15 East's star.

                        1. re: Cheeryvisage

                          I was at Lan Sheng on Friday night. It was good, above-average Sichuan food, but I don't see why one would hand them a star (while you're at it why not give Duo Yi, Grand Sichuan, Wu Liang Ye stars too...?). I can't speak to authenticity, but the food is merely on par with other decent Sichuan options in the city, the decor is nondescript, and the service - well let's just say there are some rough edges.

                          A head-scratcher, this one.

                          1. re: kyph0515

                            Yeah, exactly. I don't understand this either.

                            1. re: kyph0515

                              I agree. I've been served stale food twice at Lan Sheng and have avoided it ever since.

                              So puzzling that it bumped Marc Forgione off the list.

                              1. re: Scott_C

                                I'm definitely a fan of Marc Forgione. He can join the snubbed list that includes Babbo.

                                I thought Bouley and Blanca have 2-star worthy food. At Bouley, the "Forager's Treasure" of grilled toro with wild mushrooms in black truffle dressing is one of the best dishes I've ever had, period. And I know taste-wise, people prefer Blanca over Atera.

                                1. re: deepfry7

                                  +1 for that delicious dish (among others) at Bouley! Heading back to Bouley in a few weeks for what I know will be another amazing dinner!

                                  1. re: deepfry7

                                    Agreed. I thnk Blanca deserves at least two stars or even three stars. I enjoyed Blanca more than I did Atera.

                                    1. re: kosmose7

                                      Yea, I've read that some people prefer Blanca over Brooklyn Fare. More varied proteins (BF is much more seafood-centric) and the ability to take pictures.

                                      I've only done the tasting at Roberta's and went to BF back in summer 2010, but I liked Roberta's better.

                                      My apologies, Chowhound moderators. I know this is more Outer Boroughs.

                                    2. re: deepfry7

                                      Not surprised about Marc Forgione. I had the most disappointing brunch there recently. How could they screw up French Toast, esp since they served it half-an-hour after my husband received his "Sandwich" with burnt pancakes!

                                      1. re: RosalineS

                                        Well, one brunch doesn't represent an entire year of food served by an establishment. While I'm sorry yours didn't turn out well, it's a restaurant that by and large gets very good response from the vast majority of diners. Every restaurant has an off day now and then. Not that you should go back if your one experience with them was bad - no second chances to make a first impression and all - but overall, MF gets very high marks from their patrons, so it's somewhat of a surprise to see them drop off.

                                        I've had rather underwhelming experiences at restaurants that many people love - Aldea and Annisa come to mind first - but I accept the fact that there might be something I missed, that I might have hit them on off nights, etc.

                                        But as to Lan Sheng "bumping" it - they didn't bump it. It's not like there's a finite number of restos allowed on the list or anything...

                                2. re: Cheeryvisage

                                  At least it does Hakkasan some justice. I am happy for them! :)

                                  1. re: Cheeryvisage

                                    Lan Sheng deserved a star for 3 years now. The only surprise for me is that it took that long. Asian restaurants are a Michelin blind spot.

                                    There's a long Lan Sheng here -

                                    There's no such thing as unanimity on CH but the consensus is that this place is terrific.

                                    Based on one visit I thought Wells overrated Cafe China. He gave it 2 stars - I thought it should have been a 1. It's a borderline Micheline star.