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Sep 25, 2013 12:30 PM

Michelin 2014 - Bib Gourmand picks

These are restaurants that the Michelin guide picked for excellence on a budget, i.e. two courses and wine or dessert for $40 pp.

ABC Cocina
Al Bustan
Andy's Seafood & Grill
Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar
Baci & Abbracci
Basil Brick Oven Pizza
Bistro 33
Bread & Tulips
Buttermilk Channel
Casa Enrique
Char No. 4
Cho Dang Gol
Clinton St. Baking Company
Co Ba
Congee Village
DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Dear Bushwick
Dim Sum Go Go
Dirt Candy
Don Antonio by Starita
Do or Dine
Ed's Lobster Bar
El Parador
El Paso Taqueria
Enoteca Maria
Family Recipe
Fatty 'Cue
Fatty Crab
Fankies 457 Spuntino
Garden Court Café
The General Greene
The Good Fork
Gran Electrica
Havana Café
Hecho en Dumbo
Hill Country Chicken
Hino Maru Ramen
Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Il Poeta
Jean Claude
JG Melon
Jin Ramen
John Brown Smokehouse
J. Restaurant Chez Asta
Keste Pizza & Vino
Land of Plenty
Lil' Frankie's
Little Pepper
Lu Xiang Yuan
Mamak House
Mapo Tofu
Marlow & Sons
The Meatball Shop
Mesa Coyoacan
Mexicana Mama
Mile End
Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Murray's Cheese Bar
New Malaysia
Northeast Kingdom
Northern Spy Food Co.
No. 7
Paulie Gee's
Perry Street
Phoenix Garden
Pok Pok NY
Prime Meats
Purple Yam
Runner & Stone
Salt & Fat
Sip Sak
Speedy Romeo
Szechuan Gourmet
Tra Di Noi
Turkish Kitchen
Uncle Zhou
Vinegar Hill House
Wild Edibles
Yunnan Kitchen
Zabb Elee (East Village)
Zabb Elee (Queens)
Zero Otto Nove

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  1. Thanks for the list. A great resource.

    1. The list is surprisingly up to date with regard to Szechuan and Thai restaurants, though SriPraPhai is a curious omission.

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      1. re: peter j

        +1 regarding Sripraphai

        Mama Mexicana and Casa Enrique should seriously NOT be on the list, both are really mediocre. Tortilleria Nixtamal is far better than both.

        1. re: Pookipichu

          Yeah, MM doesn't make much sense to me. Never been to Enrique, so can't comment on that one.

          Sripraphai's omission has been curious for years. They used to be a BG, but I think the last time they made the list was '09 maybe? They dropped off mysteriously, a bit odd since the quality didn't change or anything.

      2. When do the star lists come out? Any predictions for that, anyone?

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        1. re: sgordon

          "Michelin publishes the Bib Gourmand results one week ahead of its New York City Guide, which names the winners of stars."

          1. re: sgordon

            Aska 1
            Betony 1
            Lafayette 1
            Costata 2
            Daniel loses one ;)

            Surprised to see Porsena on this list - anyone been?
            You would think Untitled will get a title by now ;) I know its make or break

            1. re: Ziggy41

              Untitled just changed its menu. It's actually pretty good.

              1. re: Ziggy41

                You think a star for Lafayette? It's good, but not that good.

                1. re: loratliff

                  Honestly have no idea. I havent even been there ;)
                  But I did visit the other 3

                  Should we start a new thread with guesses? I think that would be fun

                2. re: Ziggy41

                  Betony seems a good call.

                  Lafayette I'm not so sure about. I mean, if Balthazar doesn't have one, I can't imagine Lafayette will.

                  I highly, highly doubt Costata will get two. Nothing I've read would suggest it belongs in that category. Maybe one. They might not have been open long enough to really rank for this year, though.

                  Daniel - I highly doubt they'll dock him a star. They probably feel bad for him after Wells' demotion.

                  So, my predictions:

                  Three: list remains identical to last year.

                  Two: one or two new additions - obviously Gilt and Corton are gone, which leaves room for a new fancy-pants addition. Wondering if this will finally be the year that GR@TL goes down a notch as well, but I think like Gilt it'll remain at 2 until it eventually closes.

                  I have a feeling Bouley's moving to two stars. I'm not even the biggest fan of Haute French, but given the MG's taste, it's a bit odd they've only got one. I just have a feeling that some old stand-by is moving up, and Bouley's as likely a candidate as any.

                  I -think- Aquavit might move up a notch, what with the switch to focus on tasting menus (which the Mich crew seem to like) - but that's a fairly recent switch, so it's hard to say. I suspect they're on the cusp, and if not this year next. Especially with Aska and Luksus making waves - if Aska gets one (and possibly Luksus? Or are they too new?) shouldn't the standard-bearer for that cuisine in NYC theoretically have two?

                  Blanca seems a possibility as well.

                  I suspect something Asian moving up to two - Kyo Ya or Jungsik would be the likely candidates, not so sure about Kajitsu. People seem to still like it, but there was SO much love for the old chef I feel as though their fans are still adjusting. Brushstroke could be another possibility. Would be interesting if both Brushstroke AND Bouley moved up a notch the same year.

                  One: This is always more of a mishmosh, so many different places. Aforementioned Aska I think is a given, and perhaps Luksus as well.

                  If ABC Cocina is a BG, maybe that means the inspectors have finally dined at ABC Kitchen, so maybe they'll finally show up on the starred list.

                  Even though I was decidedly not a fan of the one meal I had at The Pines, I'm wondering if they're going to sneak onto the one-star list, since I figured them for a Bib Gourmand.

                  Other places popping to mind:
                  Mission Chinese
                  Pearl & Ash

                  1. re: sgordon

                    I wonder about
                    Xian Famous Foods

                    1. re: sgordon

                      I agree that Bouley is probably going to 2 stars. I also think Nomad will get a 2nd.

                3. I might be missing something but it appears Saravanaas is the only Indian listed on the BG list. Dhaba, Malai Marke, and Chote Nawab are obvious candidates.

                  Sripraphai is as good as ever but Michelin dropped them a few years ago. They said it had been "dumbed down." Sorry - it's the Michelin people who've been dumbed down. Exhibit A - the lack of obvious Indian candidates on the BG list.

                  ETA - One more thing. If Katz's and Mile End deserve to be on that list (and I think they do) so does David's Brisket House.

                  1. I am happy to see land of plenty on the list. It's really my favorite chinese restaurant though I didn't like the food on my last visit.