It’s no secret: New York City is a foodie haven. Attracting the best of the best chefs from all over the world, every street and avenue is chock full of diverse and exciting culinary adventures—so many, in fact, that you could probably eat at a different restaurant in New York everyday for the rest of your life.
It comes as no surprise then that many of those restaurants—76, to be exact, ranging from uptown to downtown with a few outer borough highlights—have collected Michelin stars, prestigious accolades that signify culinary excellence. One star means that a restaurant is very good in its category; two stars equal excellent cuisine that’s worth a detour; and three stars determine exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey for the food alone.
Here’s a rundown of the 6 restaurants in New York that scored 3 stars, with chefs that are the best of the best of the best in this city and the world.
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, César Ramirez
At Brooklyn’s only 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, Chef César Ramirez offers a communal dining experience that highlights seasonal products. The 2 ½ hour tasting menu at the U-shaped bar surrounding the open industrial kitchen focuses on presenting Japanese cuisine with classic French technique.
Eleven Madison Park, Daniel Humm
The impossibly high ceilings and art deco vibe at Eleven Madison Park are only a backdrop to the contemporary American cuisine served up by Chef Daniel Humm. In a nod to the city that the Swiss chef now calls home, Chef Humm uses locally sourced ingredients, with an emphasis on keeping the integrity of the pure and simple flavors of the season.
Jean-Georges, Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Known as “the jewel of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s empire,” French, American, and Asian influences daringly blend together at this establishment on Central Park West. Tableside preparations and tasting menus featuring fresh market ingredients create a remarkable dining experience.
Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert
Centered around the philosophy that “the fish is the star of the plate,” Le Bernardin has held its 3 Michelin stars since the Michelin Guide’s New York launch in 2005. The seafood-centric restaurant is also the only restaurant to maintain the highest rating from The New York Times for as long as it has, receiving 4 stars 3 months after its opening and never dropping one since.
Masa, Masa Takayama
An apprentice of sushi master Sugiyama Toshiaki at Tokyo’s famous Ginza Sushi-ko, Chef Masa owned the most exclusive sushi restaurant in Los Angeles before opening Masa at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. In observance of Japanese custom, Masa does not accept gratuities, with the idea of hospitality as an integral part of the dining experience and therefore provided to every guest.
Per Se, Thomas Keller
Nine courses exemplifying classic French technique and the finest quality ingredients, accompanied by an award-winning wine list of more than 2,000 bottles, make up Chef Thomas Keller’s acclaimed New York interpretation of The French Laundry. Though the restaurant recently came under fire when it lost two stars from the Times, it still remains on the exclusive list of New York establishments with full Michelin ratings.