NYC boasts 75 Michelin starred eateries in 2020 guide

Baked striped bass and spaghetti squash from Le Bernadin. (Daniel Krieger)

You likely won’t have reservations — though you’ll still need them — to chow down at any of the 75 newly ranked Michelin Star restaurants throughout the city.

The annual guide, which spotlights the world’s most exquisite cuisine, once again showed a platter of love towards many Big Apple classics while adding nine new entries to the list as well.

This year, New York saw five restaurants max out at three Michelin Stars — Midtown-based Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park in Flatiron, Le Bernadin in Midtown, and Columbus Circle’s Masa and Per Se all took the cake as the highest ranked citywide.

Michelin put 13 city eateries onto its two-star list — one being the year old Korean newcomer, Atomix at East 30th Street and Park Avenue. 

The other eight newbies sprinkled onto the list were: Benno in NoMad, Crown Shy near Wall Street, Estela on Houston Street, The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg, Le Jardinier on Lexington Avenue, Flatiron’s Odo, Oxalis in prospect Heights, and Ukiyo off Bowery; which had each been awarded a single Michelin Star.

Fusion and other Asian cuisines dominated the list—making up roughly a third of New York’s Michelin tier establishments for the 2020 Guide.

Meanwhile, the now closed Bowery Bar Uchū, which is being renovated until its planned reopening in early 2020 also came in at one star on the year’s end.

Chef Corey Chow in Per Se’s kitchen.

(Twitter/PerSeNY)

So, what exactly do the Michelin critics look for in NYC fine dining?

Guide inspectors make their lists based on five different criteria: quality of ingredients, the mastery of cooking technique, the harmony of flavors, consistency over time both during the meal and throughout the year, and “the personality of the chef as it is expressed on the plate.”

Plenty more personality can be found in all of the city’s fellow Michelin Star establishments:   

Two Stars:

Aquavit, Aska, Atera, Blanca, Daniel, Gabriel Kreuther, Ichimura at Uchū, Jean-Georges, Jungsik, Ko, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and The Modern.

One Star:

Agern, Ai Fiori, Aldea, Bâtard, Blue Hill, Bouley at Home, Carbone Casa Enrique, Casa Mono, Caviar Russe, Claro, The Clocktower , Contra, Cote, Del Posto, The Finch, Gotham Bar and Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Hirohisa, Jeju Noodle Bar, Jewel Bako, Kajitsu, Kanoyama, Kosaka, L’Appart, Le Coucou, Marea, Meadosweet, The Musket Room, Nix, Noda, NoMad, Okuda, Oxomoco, Peter Luger, The River Café, Satsuki, Sushi Amane, Sushi Ginza Onodera, Sushi Inoue, Sushi Nakazawa, Sushi Noz, Sushi Yasuda, Tempura Matsui, Tuome, Uncle Boons, Wallsé, and ZZ’s Clam Bar.

Alex Mitchell