New York City 2013 – The Michelin Guide

First, a warning. This post is not the complete Michelin Guide for New York; it is just an aggregation of the restaurants this blog has reviewed that made the newly released Michelin Guide for 2013. Jen and I have been extremely lucky to have had a chance to dine at these fine establishments and we hope some of our other favorite spots will one day make the list as well.

And now, a brief history of the Michelin Guide. Michelin, the tire company, began producing guides and maps at the beginning of the 20th century to encourage travel in the newly invented automobile. The idea for the Michelin man character was conceived from the image of a stack of tires which was anthropomorphized with some arms, legs, and a personality. His name, Bibendum, stems from Horace’s famous phrase “Nunc est bibendum” which translates to “Now is the time to drink” and his slogan: “The Michelin tire drinks up obstacles” (Le pneu Michelin boit l’obstacle.) Initially, Michelin published travel guides, but in 1926 released its first provincial restaurant guide and the star rating was born. In 1968, the first New York City (travel) guide was produced and the rest is history!

All quotes below taken from

THREE STARS – Exceptional Cuisine, worth a special journey.
Three stars reward exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients

Eleven Madison Park
Le Bernardin
Per Se

TWO STARS – Worth a detour.
Two stars denote excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality.


ONE STAR – A good place to stop on your journey.
One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.

Ai Fiori
Blue Hill
Gramercy Tavern
Peter Luger
Rouge Tomate
Spotted Pig
Suzhi Azabu
Torrisi Italian Specialties

BIB GOURMAND– Good Cuisine at a Reasonable Price
Defined as “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included), and are often of most value to a city’s residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants

Congee Village

Family Recipe
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Vinegar Hill House

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