Your Michelin Cheat Sheet

The 2017 Michelin Stars were just unveiled, giving insight into which restaurants have maintained their superior quality and which fresh faces are worth the experience. The list is long, but fortunately for us many of our own neighbors offer the kind of culinary craft to get the attention of this prestigious recognition. We’ve narrowed down the 2017 list to bring you the best restaurants that sit a stone’s throw away: 

Atera

The only restaurant on this list to get 2 stars, Atera may lack status in the city but it’s a leader in food quality. The prix fixe-only restaurant serves a series of creative dishes, from a chef who worked at the epicenter of creative dining, El Bulli.

What to eat: You can only get the tasting menu, but you can look forward to highlights such as caviar with beer and pistachio cream, dumplings filled with sea urchin and cuttlefish, and the freshly made sourdough croissant.

Where: 77 Worth Street

Jungsik

Most people think of K-town when it comes to great Korean food in New York, but Jungsik trades up the comfort of traditional dishes in favor of one of the only modern Korean restaurants in New York. While the dishes give a nod to the classics, creativity and elegance are expressed in each and every plate.

What to eat: The tried and true starters are the scallops and the sea urchin with seaweed quinoa, while the pork jowl with ssambap for 2 is a great entrée to share.

Where: 2 Harrison Street

Bâtard

It’s not often that you can find a high-end menu in the city at an affordable price, but that’s exactly what Batard offers up to diners. The menu consists of delectable new American fare, which you can get as a prix fixe menu at $55.

What to eat: The octopus ‘pastrami’ gets the most attention and is a fixture on the menu. The celeriac tortellini with black truffles and the Colorado lamb are also plates not to pass up.

Where: 239 W Broadway

Carbone

Carbone is the one of the most high profile restaurant on this list and this is for good reason. Rich home-style Italian dishes make up the menu, while a stylish interior and a buzzy crowd have made the restaurant e a mainstay in downtown dining.

What to eat: Carbone is all about classic comfort – favorites include the Caesar salad, spicy rigatoni vodka and the veal parm.

Where: 181 Thompson Street

Hirohisa

The small Soho space features wooden accents that are typical of sushi bars however Hirohisa offers more than just raw options. With a focus on traditional cooking techniques, diners must try the delicately prepared grilled meats.

What to eat: To start there are multiple tofu preparations which are all delicate appetizers, before you move on to grilled washu beef, uni don, or mugi fuji pork.

Where: 73 Thompson Street

Musket Room

You may not have expected a restaurant based on New Zealand cuisine to draw so much acclaim, but ever since The Musket Room opened it has brought the often-overlooked culture to the heart of downtown. The restaurant regularly features a stylish crowd, a separate bar, and a mini-garden in the back where the chef cultivates greens.

What to eat: Many of the small dishes like the quail with blackberry, bread sauce, and onion will delight you, but the most famed dish at the restaurant is the New Zealand red deer with flavors of gin.

Where: 265 Elizabeth Street

Uncle Boons

Uncle Boons is the result of two Per Se chefs traveling around Thailand, picking up authentic cooking techniques and knick-knacks, and bringing them to a quirky, casual bar in Soho. The food is prepared exceedingly well and the spices will have you salivating long after the meal is done.

What to eat: Fans of spicy food have many options, but both the green mango salad and spicy rotisserie chicken salad are big crowd pleasers, and the succulent massaman beef ribs have become a signature item on the menu.

Where: 7 Spring Street

ZZ’s Clam Bar

Another winner from the team behind Carbone, ZZ’s Clam Bar focuses on seafood just as the name suggests. The space is intimate and requires a reservation, but once you’re in you’ll be treated to tasty raw dishes like the ever- popular roe-on-toast paired with a curated cocktail menu.

What to eat: ZZ’s uni toast is a fan favorite, and the tuna carpaccio with foie gras, bone marrow, and razor clams is truly extravagant. In the spirit of indulgence, ZZ’s places just as much importance on the cocktail menu as the food.

Where: 169 Thompson Street

Words by Gautam Balasander