Jean-Georges, has held the top three-star ranking every year since the publication of the first New York guide in 2006. Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin guides, said that several inspectors over a period of time thought they did not have quite the same gastronomic experience, and that the Upper West Side restaurant was not quite at the same level as before.
New York’s three-star restaurants are now Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se.
On a more positive note, Michelin awarded Japanese import Sushi Ginza Onodera on Fifth Avenue a two star rating, up from one star last year.
There are six restaurants celebrating their first Michelin star this year, including Japanese restaurants Bar Uchu; Satsuki; and Sushi Amane, the eight-seat counter for $250 omakase hidden within the Midtown restaurant Mifune. New York now has 15 Michelin-starred Japanese restaurants, the biggest number outside of Japan.