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What the Michelin Stars Mean For You, Person Who Likes Food


Wednesday, the most feared tire company in the world announced its favorite restaurants. Yes, the Michelin stars, which chefs of a certain confidence sweat for each year and eaters of a certain wallet size think, “Oh, isn’t that nice,” when they sit down to order a vat of sparkling water.

So what does this all mean for you, person who likes to eat food?

  • All of the 3-star winners from last year are still 3-star winners, like the Woody Allen movie you haven’t seen that’s been in the depths of your DVR since 2012. You’ll get to it. (Those are: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa, and Per Se.)
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  • If you haven’t been to Rebelle yet, you should, it’s awesome. It’s also fall rosé season. 1 star.

  • Gabriel Kreuther kicked ass at The Modern (which earned 1 star under his watch, and a second this year under chef Abram Bissell). He then peaced out to start his own place, named after himself—a ballsy move. But it worked! Gabriel Kreuther received 1 star within its first year of being open. He’s definitely one to watch. Or at least, one to drink with.

  • Sushi Yasuda is the new Sushi of Gari. If that sentence means anything to you, go with it. For everyone else: make your reservations for 2016 now.

  • Speaking of Sushi wars, Sushi Nakazawa, also known as “the place with the guy from Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” was ignored once again, for whatever reason that might be as simple as the reviewers weren’t able to snag a reservation enough times to review.

  • Brooklyn has another star! According to local lore, every time a restaurant in Brooklyn gets a Michelin star, the entire borough gets to add it. The Finch in Fort Greene and Semilla in Williamsburg (vegetable forward) are the latest 1-stars, making Brooklyn a 15-star borough. Get ready for your rents to raise.

  • If Michelin ratings are about restaurants “worth traveling for,” we mostly plan on taking the 7 train to Queens to finally try Casa Enrique, which is still the only Mexican restaurant on the list. (Cosme, Enrique Olvera’s showstopper in Flatiron, was snubbed.)

  • The big news last year was that Daniel Boulud’s Daniel moved from 3 stars to 2. This year it remains a 2, although we might add, silver and bronze medal winners at the Olympics were rated higher in happiness by psychologists than gold winners. Sometimes it’s better to have something to strive for.

Related: Why Some of the World’s Most Famous Chefs Don’t Want a Michelin Star


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