CM – Here’s every Michelin-starred New York restaurant for 2021


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The pandemic has hit the New York restaurant scene hard, and that is particularly evident in this year’s Michelin star unveiling. When the previous guide was unveiled in October 2019, 76 Gotham restaurants were star rated. Today’s announcement for New York City and Westchester Counties includes 68 restaurants, though seven new entries have been added to the area’s Michelin-starred ranks. That means an astonishing 15 restaurants have lost stars this year – compared to DC, where no restaurants have lost stars, and Chicago, where only three have lost theirs – mainly due to pandemic closings.

Some of the restaurants have Worked out last spring while others held on receiving funding from the paycheck protection program but stalled when that initial tranche dried up. Others, like Gotham Bar & Grill and Del Posto, will reappear under new ownership, but their indefinite formwork leaves them starless. The strain on all restaurants was immense, especially since eating indoors was forbidden in the dead of winter. But restaurants are reopening – like Eleven Madison Park, which announced this week it will emerge from years of slumber in June – and a number of restaurants that have managed to get us their first stars. </ Among them are two popular Italian restaurants: Stefano Secchi's ode to handmade pasta, Rezdôra and Don Angie, the red sauce eatery by Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli. Then there is Tsukimi's Kaiseki kitchen, Jua's Korean Prix fixe, the Brooklyn Brasserie Francie, Korean skewers in Kochi and Shaun Hergatt's sacristy.

« With 58 kitchen types, New York City and Westchester County are still despite the challenges of the global health crisis global leader in terms of diverse and high quality restaurants, « said Gwendal Poullennec, the guide’s international director, in an accompanying statement to the Star Revelation.

Don Angie’s Italian-American cuisine receives its first Michelin star.

Photo: Courtesy Ashley Sears for Don Angie

While the one-star category for the New York Travel Guide 2021 was busy, there was no movement at all at the top of the list – the two- and three-star levels. There were new two-star restaurants in Chicago and DC, but none in New York. And after three weeks of new stars revealed, America has as many three-star restaurants as before, and no new recipient has achieved Michelin’s most coveted status.

Yet none of the best lost rated restaurants in New York City, though many were not open for dine-in during most of the pandemic. But as Poullennec Robb Report previously said, Michelin began rating restaurants as soon as the previous guide was published in 2019 and inspected in the months leading up to the lockdowns. So some have been judged on their previous fame, and they all hope to regain this in time for the next leader to fall.

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