Michelin announced their new star ratings for restaurants in New York City in 2018. Many were surprised that after 20 years as a three-star restaurant, Jean-Georges located in Trump Hotel & Tower was bumped down to only two stars. Guide director Michael Ellis says it was a difficult decision, but that the restaurant has experienced a slow downhill slide in the quality of its food and service. Inspectors for the guide make at least 10 visits to each restaurant before star level is determined. While New York has always been seen as an American haven for foodies, the city now has two fewer restaurants with three stars than San Francisco.
The 2018 guide gives three stars to five restaurants. The guide names Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se New American restaurant as one of those retaining three-stars and TripAdvisor’s raters name it one of the top restaurants in the world. Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin remains on the list with many customers raving about their fish selections. Also, remaining on the list is sushi-hotspot Masa in the Time Warner Center also remains on the list. In fact, the guide presents seven New York City sushi restaurants with new stars. Perennial favorite Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Brooklyn Fare remains on the list as does the newly renovated Eleven Madison Park.
The only restaurant to gain a star this year was Ginza Onodera where diners find wonderful sushi. Just three restaurants received a star that was not Japanese or European fare leaving many to wonder if the guide was too biased against certain cuisine.