New Michelin Guide Graces Brooklyn Restaurants with Stars

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The 2015 edition of the New York City Michelin Guide was released yesterday, and it confirms what anyone who lives in Brooklyn already knows: we have some amazing restaurants here, even some Michelin-star-quality ones. Outer borough restaurants, Brooklyn ones in particular, fared better in the famed guide than ever before: the new rankings anointed or promoted 20 new places, more than half of which are in Brooklyn and Queens.

Michelin’s “inspectors” (their word) located “exciting and diverse culinary expressions”  in a “variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods.” The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare remains our borough’s only three-star restaurants, one of six in the city (the rest are in Manhattan). But Blanca, the small chef’s table run by Roberta’s founder Carlo Mirarchi in back of his pizzeria, gained a star–it’s now one of nine two-star restaurants in New York City, the first in Brooklyn. And seven spots in Brooklyn joined the rarefied ranks of starred restaurants: Delaware and Hudson, Pok Pok Ny, La Vara, Take Root, Meadowsweet, Luksus at Tørst, and the River Cafe, which previously had a star, but lost it after shutting down following Hurricane Sandy.

Commenting on this “evolution of the culinary scene,” Michelin’s International Director Michael Ellis said: “This is an exciting development as good quality cuisine of all different styles continues to spread across the most populous borough in New York City.” Sounds like even in the carpeted halls of European capitals, Brooklyn is cool.

In all, the 2015 New York City guide lists a total of 874 restaurants, including their list of Bib Gourmands, which denoting “good cuisine at a reasonable price.” Check out our recommendations for those here. For the complete Michelin listing: michelintravel.com.

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