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2016 Michelin Guide for New York rankings are out — here are the top restaurants

While New York’s culinary scene may reflect an ever-changing roster of new restaurants and closures, the 2016 Michelin guide for New York’s three-starred category remained unchanged from last year. The Chef’s Table at Brookyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernadin, Masa and Per Se took top honors at an event held at the Manhattan Classic Car Club Sept. 30.

“New York once again shows what a dynamic, vibrant culinary scene is continuing to evolve,” Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin guides, told TODAY. “You have young, new chefs who are coming in from around the world to try their luck in New York and it just seems like New Yorkers have an unlimited appetite for new restaurants.”

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Chef Cesar Ramirez of Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

The Modern, under the direction of chef Abram Bissell, was the only new entrant into the two-star category — last year it earned one star — while Daniel, which dropped from three stars to two stars in the 2015 guide, remains in the two-star category. Aquavit’s Emma Bengtsson, who became the first female chef in New York to earn two stars last year, retained her standing.

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Chef Abram Bissell of the Modern posed with Michael Ellis of Michelin

The 11th edition of the Michelin’s New York guide, which goes on sale Oct. 1, added 10 newcomers to the one-star category, reflecting a culinary diversity that ranges from vegetarian-focused Semilla, in Brooklyn, to Thai cuisine at Somtum Der and Uncle Boons, to four Japanese entrants, including Tempura Matsui, Sushi Yasuda, Cagen and Hirohisa.

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One surprise omission — for the second year in a row — is Sushi Nakazawa, which received the New York Times’ highest rating of four stars back in 2013. Although it is a Michelin selection, the restaurant has yet to receive a Michelin star.

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“With the things we try, it has to be consistent throughout the menu, and we just haven't found it,” said Ellis of Sushi Nakazawa. “It's a very popular restaurant, we know. The food's very good but it just did not have the consistency that we need for the star, but we follow them, and will continue to go."

Brooklyn and Queens continued to have a strong showing this year, with the former earning 12 spots out of the 76 restaurants, and the latter earning two. Here’s the full list:

Three Stars (exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey):

  • Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, César Ramirez
  • Eleven Madison Park, Daniel Humm
  • Jean-Georges, Jean-Georges Vongerichten
  • Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert
  • Masa, Masa Takayama
  • Per Se, Thomas Keller

Two Stars (excellent cuisine, worth a detour):

  • Aquavit
  • atera
  • Blanca
  • Daniel
  • Ichimura
  • Jungsik
  • Marea
  • The Modern
  • Momofuku Ko
  • Soto

One Star (a very good restaurant in its category):

  • Ai Fiori
  • Aldea
  • Andanada
  • Aureole
  • Babbo
  • Bâtard
  • Betony
  • Blue Hill
  • Bouley
  • The Breslin
  • Brushstroke
  • Café Boulud
  • Café China
  • Cagen
  • Carbone
  • Casa Enríque
  • Casa Mono
  • Caviar Russe
  • Delaware and Hudson
  • Del Posto
  • Dovetail
  • The Finch
  • Gabriel Kreuther
  • Gotham Bar and Grill
  • Gramercy Tavern
  • Hirohisa
  • Jewel Bako
  • Juni
  • Junoon
  • Kajitsu
  • Kyo Ya
  • La Vara
  • Luksus at Tørst
  • Meadowsweet
  • Minetta Tavern
  • The Musket Room
  • M. Wells Steakhouse
  • NoMad
  • Peter Luger
  • Picholine
  • Piora
  • Pok Pok Ny
  • Public
  • Rebelle
  • The River Café
  • Rosanjin
  • Semilla
  • Somtum Der
  • Spotted Pig
  • Sushi Azabu
  • Sushi of Gari
  • Sushi Yasuda
  • Take Root
  • Telepan
  • Tempura Matsui
  • Tori Shin
  • Tulsi
  • Uncle Boons
  • Wallsé
  • ZZ’s Clam Bar

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