The Michelin Guide is where you look when you want to celebrate that promotion, that anniversary, the [insert major milestone here] with the best food New York has to offer. But sometimes celebrating is even more special at home, with your loved ones gathered around your family table (decked out for the occasion, of course, with your favorite tableware). Good thing these Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City deliver. Lobster dinner, here you come.
If luxe Italian is what you’re after, Michelin-starred Ai Fiori has your number. It satisfies all those carby risotto, agnolotti, and bolognese cravings, but if you’re feeling really fancy, go ahead and order the butter-poached Nova Scotia lobster. The torta di limone is a showstopper; it can’t hurt to add one to your order.
Chef Cosme Aguilar has a serious passion for Mexican food, so much so that his restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2015. He leans mostly on family recipes from Chiapas, and every dish on the menu is a winner — but his 24-ingredient Mole de Piaxtla is really something special.
If you have a hankering for Mexican, Oaxacan-inspired Claro is your answer. Chef T.J. Steele leans into local ingredients like heirloom broccoli, swiss chard, and really good aged cheddar. How very Brooklyn. You can never go wrong with the cheesy empanadas de papas or the mole-covered Snowdance Farm Chicken.
People are obsessed with Cote, and by “people” we mean us (along with every critic and diner in the city). This is gussied-up Korean barbeque at its finest. The chefs use expert techniques to create comforting, nostalgic dishes like sweet and tangy chicken nuggets in a gochujang glaze, galbi bowls with umami-bombed short ribs, and the Ultimate Steak Feast for Two, a selection of four cuts grilled to perfection and all the fixings too.
Everything at Crown Shy is confidence on a plate. The food is New American but globally influenced with ingredients like chorizo, XO sauce, and silky white bean hummus making star appearances. Pastry chef Renata Ameni is a wizard when it comes to sweets, so don’t skimp on dessert.
Tuome is different. Chef Thomas Chen fuses his Chinese heritage with some seriously fine Eleven Madison Park dining chops to produce a menu that sounds simple but is infinitely, deliciously complex. Like the egg, which is somehow both deviled and deep-fried. Rice is more than rice: it’s also kale, Chinese sausage, and duck fat. Intrigued? Good. Our work here is done.
If you want some of the country’s best Italian without leaving your apartment (we know it’s small, but it’s yours!) we got the rec for you. Seafood might be the thing at Marea, but the team definitely still knows their way around a plate of chili-flaked gnocchetti and tagliata, as well as perfectly grilled ribeye. And no one ever regretted ordering the tiramisu.
There are few better places to satisfy that Japanese craving than Kanoyama, one of the city’s best-kept sushi secrets. Classics like spicy tuna and yellowtail rolls are better than any we’ve tasted. Beyond the signature sushi, there’s teriyaki, tempura, and vegan options as well. Oh, and did we mention it’s shockingly affordable for a Michelin-starred spot?
This Greenpoint restaurant is bringing flavors from all over Mexico to Brooklyn. It’s doing classics like guacamole and pork carnitas burritos, but with an upscale bent. Think housemade blue corn tortillas, and the freshest queso fresco and avocado tomatillo salsa. The beet “chorizo” burrito might be one of the best vegan dishes in town.
Get the full omakase experience at home with a spread from Hirohisa. Sure, you can order bluefin tuna or uni a la carte, but we suggest leaving it up to chef Hayashi, who will never lead you astray with an assorted sashimi platter or rice bowl.
This kaiseki restaurant is one of the only entirely plant-based restaurants with that coveted Michelin star. Think Japanese food that looks too pretty to eat and tastes too good to believe. With so much skill and precision at work here, you’ll forget that you’re only eating vegetables.
Husband-and-wife duo Stephanie Lempert and Polo Dobkin have created a New American restaurant unlike any other. Think ultimate comforts like cheeseburgers and crispy potatoes executed at the level of haute cuisine. We dream about the fried chicken sandwich, served on one of those housemade rolls.
This is where you order from when you’re in the mood for something sort of familiar, but sort of not. Take the roast chicken and root vegetables, which forgo the usual rosemary, lemon, and garlic for gooseberries and salsa verde. Trust us, it works every time.
You can’t get more classic than Luger’s. They’ve been hard at work indulging New Yorkers’ steak fantasies since 1887. Obviously their cuts of USDA Prime are winners, but we all know the stars of the steakhouse are the sides. Can you even eat their porterhouse without the Special German Fried Potatoes? We think not.
A Japanese gem for the uptown set. Bring a taste of its infamous omakase home with one of chef Noz’s Bara-Chirashi boxes. Who knows what little treasures he might tuck in? Maybe some Norwegian crab, Spanish bluefin tuna, or uni. All sound good to us. Noz serves only the best of the best.