At the beginning of 2021, there are currently 64 Michelin-star restaurants in New York, including 5 three-star restaurants, 13 two-star restaurants, and 46 one-star restaurants. All ratings have been carried forward from the 2020 guide, as Michelin has decided to postpone their 2021 guide for the time being.
There’s no denying that 2020 has been a tough year for the restaurant business. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Michelin has postponed the release of their New York Guide, traditionally published in November, until further notice. Speaking to The Times back in November, Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guide, said that "ratings are not appropriate when so many restaurants are closed," although it is known that the Michelin inspectors resumed their work in August, so a 2021 guide may be forthcoming if conditions improve.
Instead of ratings, the focus in 2020 has been on highlighting the plight of the restaurant industry and promoting success stories. The California guide’s release was also postponed in June of last year, and in its place was held an online fundraiser for restaurants in the area, while Michelin has also started highlighting new restaurants in its announcements. Writers and critics for other publications, including The Times, Grub Street and Eater have likewise refrained from rating restaurants in their reviews, with an increased focus on establishments that are doing things well.
Although there may still be a 2021 guide published later in the year, for now, the ratings published in the 2020 guide still stand, minus those restaurants that sadly closed their doors for good last year. This means that, at the beginning of 2021, New York currently has a total of 64 Michelin-starred restaurants.
The city’s five three-starred restaurants - Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se - all retain their stars from last year. The number of two-starred restaurants, however, has fallen to thirteen following the closure of Blue Hill at Stone Barns back in March. The list of one-starred restaurants has suffered several losses during the pandemic and now stands at a total of 46.
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