The Michelin Guide has just released its 2016 star ratings, reflecting the work of its mystery diners who have been out eating among us common folk all year. Stars are divvied out based on level of merit, with one star meaning "very good," two being "excellent" and three being "exceptional." Sure, there's no Hollywood red carpet rollout here, but the stakes (and the emotions) certainly run just as high as any awards show.
Some of the biggest surprises this year came in the form of barely out-of-the-gate contenders. The still-nascent white-clothed Gabriel Kreuther and the tiny Japanese counter Tempura Matsui both nabbed one star within less than eight months of their opening date. The strength of Brooklyn and Queens dining was also reinforced, with Casa Enrique and M. Wells Steakhouse retaining their stars and deserving entrants like vegetarian chef’s counter Semilla and hyperseasonal Clinton Hill bistro The Finch joining the ranks.
Re-shifting in the list brought the Modern, previously a one-star, to two-star status; while East Village Bangkok import Somtum Der got a one-star promotion from its former spot on the Bib Gourmands, the Michelin's distinction for $40-and-under restaurants with decent food. It trades places with Anita Lo's Annisa, which was given a Bib earlier this week.
Click here to see if your favorite restaurant made the 2016 New York City Michelin Guide.