Local restaurants bring more Michelin stars to the neighborhood

Welcome to the firmament. Michelin released its new additions to its list of stars last night, and among the 19 restaurants in the city that received a star or more, five are in Tribeca or Fidi. And that’s in addition to our current stars: For two there’s Atera and Jungsik, and for one star there’s Crown Shy, Bâtard and L’Appart. We can also walk to Le Coucou and Vestry. And on their Bib Gourmand list, for exceptional yet affordable spots: Khe-Yo, Dim Sum Go Go and Thai Diner.

Two stars
The restaurant at 70 Pine is part of the trio from Battery Park City resident James Kent and his partner James Katz.
From Michelin: “SAGA is the crown of 70 Pine Street, a landmark tower that rises over 60 stories. Chef James Kent never allows his cuisine to be overshadowed by the setting, however. Along with his talented team, he presents diners with compositions that embrace luxury, seasonality and urbane inspiration.”

One star
The diminutive omakase restaurant on Warren opened last October.
From Michelin: “Chef counters are a treat, but a seat in front of chef Kazushige Suzuki feels like a best-kept secret. The room has a presence of its own, notable in scale and hidden away in the back past a cocktail bar. The chef sources fish entirely from Japan and keeps his nigiri traditional.”

One Star
The French restaurant with a Japanese twist was opened by Tribecan Rahul Saito in March on Greenwich and Laight.
From Michelin: “Chef Mitsunobu Nagae is a calm, collected presence in the open kitchen, and years spent working at Joël Robuchon restaurants worldwide are evident. A harmonious union of French cooking with Japanese sensibilities, Nagae’s food is immediately approachable.”

One White Street
One Star
The three-level restaurant from chef Austin Johnson and master somm Dustin Wilson also has a green market on Tuesdays and is opening a shop next door soon.
From Michelin: “This 19th-century townhouse, has been transformed into a destination of culinary excellence, thanks to chef Austin Johnson and Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson. The lower level operates more like a wine bar with a casual menu and crowds aplenty, while the higher floors offer a seasonal tasting menu starring products sourced from their upstate farm.”

Shion 69 Leonard Street
The omakase restaurant hidden in plain sight has reinvented itself in recent months.
From Michelin: “Now under the command of Chef Shion Uino, this quiet sushi-ya features prized, beautiful seafood sourced primarily from Japan. The product is whole and luscious every time, which is all the more reason why the nigiri sees little beyond a dot of wasabi and dab of nikiri.”

Dirt Candy
One star
And a shout-out to Dirt Candy even though it’s on the Lower East Side, since its chef, Amanda Cohen, also has Lekka Burger, the vegan burger joint on Warren.
From Michelin: “Chef Amanda Cohen was an advocate of vegetable- and plant-based cooking long before it was cool, and her Lower East Side flagship continues to flourish as a pioneer in ethical eating with refined technique. A single tasting menu yields a breadth of dishes that never masquerade as meat.”



  1. Sadly, L’Appart lost its star.

  2. Kudos to the well deserved accolades for the neighborhood!

    Only TriBeCa miss this year was no (deserved) star for Chambers. Hopefully next year…