Michelin Has Spoken: NYC No Longer US Culinary Capital

San Francisco reigns over NYC in 3-star Michelin restaurants
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 10:15 AM CDT
Updated Nov 4, 2017 9:28 AM CDT
America Has a New Culinary Capital
French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, of Jean-Georges, plates a dish for service in New York in 2012.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

No longer is New York City the culinary capital of America, based on restaurants with three Michelin stars. The 2018 Michelin Guide for New York City, released Monday, gives only five of the city’s restaurants the coveted three-star rating, down from six last year. Meanwhile, the 2018 Michelin Guide for San Francisco, released last week, bestows the honor on seven Bay Area restaurants, with seafood restaurant Coi joining last year's list of six eateries. Though the San Jose Mercury News notes New York still holds the title for the US city with the most restaurants with any number of Michelin stars at 72, Eater reports the new Michelin guide "effectively confirms that New York is no longer the country's fine dining capital in the eyes of Michelin."

Eater notes the biggest shock to come out of the guide, however, is the demotion of Jean-Georges in Trump Tower from three to two stars, ending the 20-year-old restaurant’s 11-year reign as one of the top restaurants in the world according to Michelin. Michael Ellis, the international director of the famous restaurant guide, says it was "a difficult decision" but one that followed the restaurant's "slow glide downward. It started off with small things ... and it didn't get any better. It was kind of on cruise control." He adds he hopes chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will rebound quickly. In better news for its home city, the New York Times reports six New York restaurants were given one-star ratings for the first time. (Some chefs would rather avoid Michelin stars.)

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