Or at least make sure your menu pays homage to Japanese cuisine.
When the Michelin Guide announced its 2019 New York City winners on Tuesday, 17 restaurants earned new stars — and six of them were Japanese.
Two newcomers were Mexican, including the thrilling new Oaxacan restaurant Claro.
If someone were determined to visit all of them in one day, it wouldn’t require much of a walk: The restaurants are clustered in Midtown, except for EMP in the Flatiron District (and for some, 24th Street is Midtown).
This year’s New York guide includes 76 starred restaurants, up from 72 last year (and slightly down from 77 in the 2017 guide).
Yet one place has already closed: Tetsu Basement, which was awarded two stars, had morphed from a pricey meat-tasting restaurant to, yes, an a la carte sushi spot.
The news was too late for the print guide.
Gwendal Poullennec, the new international director of the Michelin Guide, says there’s no favouritism toward sushi.
“There’s a rich selection of Japanese restaurants in New York,” he says.
“It’s what customers are looking for, and it’s performing well.
“But our criteria remains the same whatever the cuisine is.”
“We have the same methodology that we use worldwide.
“We have no criteria or consideration beyond the quality of the food.”
While New York’s three-star scene might have flatlined, there’s good news and bad news in the two-star category.
The one-star list also got more dynamic with additions such as Atomix, featuring a gorgeous Korean omakase menu.
And Le Coucou finally made the list.
“It has been on our radar since it opened, and we have monitored the steady rise in quality of the dishes that sing with finesse,” Poullennec says.
If there’s a cuisine Michelin does not favour, it’s American.
Poullennec defends the list’s lack of Italian spots.
“We have 563 restaurants in the 2019 guide — 87 are Italian, 70 are Japanese,” he says.
“Italian is very well-represented.” Just not with stars.
See the full list below. An asterisk denotes a new entry; neighbourhoods are designated by Michelin.
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (Midtown West)
Eleven Madison Park (Gramercy)
Le Bernardin (Midtown West)
Masa (Midtown West)
Per Se (Midtown West)
Aquavit (Midtown East)
Blanca (Fort Greene)
Daniel (Upper East Side)
*Gabriel Kreuther (Midtown West)
*Ichimura at Uchū (Lower East Side)
Jean-Georges (Upper West Side)
Ko (East Village)
*L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Chelsea)
Marea (Midtown West)
The Modern (Midtown West)
Sushi Ginza Onodera (Midtown West)
*Tetsu Basement (Tribeca; closed)
Agern (Midtown East)
Ai Fiori (Midtown West)
Babbo (Greenwich Village)
Bar Uchū (Lower East Side)
Blue Hill (Greenwich Village)
*Bouley at Home (Gramercy)
Café Boulud (Upper East Side)
Cafe China (Midtown East)
Carbone (Greenwich Village)
Casa Enrique (Queens)
Casa Mono (Gramercy)
Caviar Russe (Midtown East)
*Claro (Sunset Park)
The Clocktower (Gramercy)
Contra (Lower East Side)
Del Posto (Chelsea)
Faro (Fort Greene)
The Finch (Fort Greene)
Gotham Bar and Grill (Greenwich Village)
Gramercy Tavern (Greenwich Village)
Günter Seeger (Greenwich Village)
*Jeju Noodle Bar (Greenwich Village)
Jewel Bako (East Village)
Kajitsu (Midtown East)
Kanoyama (East Village)
*Kosaka (Greenwich Village)
Kyo Ya (East Village)
L’Appart (Financial District)
*Le Coucou (SoHo)
*Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (Chelsea)
The Musket Room (SoHo)
Nix (Greenwich Village)
Peter Luger (Williamsburg)
The River Café (Downtown Brooklyn)
Satsuki (Midtown West)
Sushi Amane (Midtown East)
Sushi Inoue (Harlem)
*Sushi Nakazawa (Greenwich Village)
*Sushi Noz (Upper East Side)
Sushi Yasuda (Midtown East)
Tempura Matsui (Midtown East)
*Tuome (East Village)
Uncle Boons (SoHo)
Wallse (Greenwich Village)
ZZ’s Clam Bar (Greenwich Village)