News & Views 2 minutes 21 October 2019

MICHELIN Guide New York City & Westchester County 2020 Selection

Atomix and Blue Hill at Stone Barns join the two-star ranks in the 15th edition.

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Today, MICHELIN released its star selection in the newest edition of the 2020 MICHELIN Guide New York City and Westchester County. The list features two new restaurants in the two-star category and eight new one-star establishments.

With 32 editions worldwide, the MICHELIN Guide selected New York City as its first U.S. destination 15 years ago. The trusted companion for travelers and foodies now publishes four U.S. editions, including New York City and Westchester County; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and the newly-released statewide California edition.

“As an international destination for gastronomy and tourism, New York City continues to serve as a global leader, thanks to its rich diversity in cuisine types, wealth of talent and experience among chefs,” says Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “This year’s selection of 76 starred establishments offers diners a range of distinctive experiences, from the contemporary Korean dining at Atomix to the devout farm-to-table ethos at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Inspectors were especially impressed by an extraordinary execution of the Guide’s five criteria including the quality of ingredients, the mastery of cooking technique, the harmony of flavors, consistency over time, both during the meal and throughout the year, and the personality of the chef as it is expressed on the plate.”

The 'twigim' at Atomix features fried langoustines with nasturtium, chopi pepper and anise hyssop. (Photo by Evan Sung.)
The 'twigim' at Atomix features fried langoustines with nasturtium, chopi pepper and anise hyssop. (Photo by Evan Sung.)

Joining the two-star ranks is Dan Barber’s lauded Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York. Barber’s onslaught of clever bites consists mostly of vegetables plucked from the property’s greenhouses and working farm. The kitchen serves excellent cuisine with a distinct personality in its stunning dining room that was formerly a dairy barn.

And Junghyun and Ellia Park’s Atomix has been elevated from one to two MICHELIN stars in the 2020 edition. At this luxe townhouse dining room in New York City’s Flatiron District, traditional dishes like jeon and banchan are brilliantly reinterpreted with this elegant and contemporary take on Korean dining.

Eight restaurants have joined the one-MICHELIN-star category in the 2020 guide.

Benno, chef Jonathan Benno’s classically inspired and Italian-influenced haven in NoMad, earns one MICHELIN star in the new edition. Here, dishes are prepared with skill and utilize top shelf ingredients.

At Odo, also located in the Flatiron District, chef Hiroki Odo’s personal expression of kaiseki can be enjoyed at his counter secreted away behind a small front bar.

James Kent’s Crown Shy in Manhattan’s Financial District, which opened after much anticipation in March, also joins the one-star ranks. Inspectors note that Kent is a serious and experienced talent, offering an enticing menu of creative, refined and approachable fare at his wonderful new dining room.

At Oxalis in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, chef Nico Russell offers a dinner menu that features creative compositions at this pop-up-turned-brick-and-mortar this past winter. The “Carte Blanche” menu is priced at $70, offering great value for a starred restaurant.

The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg is a charming café and wine bar that offers a delightful dinner menu by chef Nick Curtola. Inspectors were impressed with its astute preparation and bold, yet balanced flavors.

Chef Alain Verzeroli’s cuisine at Le Jardinier in Midtown East highlights seasonality and the best quality products. Meals here are further enhanced by off-beat elements like gluten-free bread and plant-based ice cream.

Ukiyo, the lovely counter run by chef Marco Prins in the East Village, is a delight for its high-quality ingredients and impeccable seasoning, making it a welcome addition to the list of one-MICHELIN-starred restaurants.

Estela’s stature as a beloved Nolita favorite is well-deserved. Inspectors found the cooking by chef Ignacio Mattos and his team incredibly consistent, unique and utterly enjoyable.

Congratulations to all restaurants. View the full list of starred establishments below.

MICHELIN Guide New York City & Westchester County 2020

Three Stars
Two Stars
Atomix (NEW)
One Star
Bar Uchū (CLOSED)
Benno (NEW)
Crown Shy (NEW)
Estela (NEW)
Odo (NEW)
Oxalis (NEW)
Ukiyo (NEW)
ZZ’s Clam Bar

Crown Shy hero image by Natalie Black.

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