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Michelin Announces Stars for New York Restaurants

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The French producer of guides announced the awards, with a few additions and no subtractions.

By Florence Fabricant

The next round of Michelin stars are out. The French producer of guides announced on Thursday awards for New York City and Westchester County, N.Y., restaurants, and revealed additions — seven new one-stars — and no subtractions.

There are still five three-star, top-ranked restaurants: Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park and Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare. At the two-star level there are 14 restaurants.

Now 49 restaurants have the one-star distinction, and the additions are Rezdôra, Don Angie, Tsukimi, Jua, Kochi, Vestry and Francie. Gwendal Poullennec, the international director of the Michelin guides, said the resilience of restaurants in this “unusual and challenging year,” as he put it, was admirable. “Despite the context, restaurants took this year as an opportunity to make progress,” he said. “The world can look to how the U.S. is handling the recovery.”

Mr. Poullennec praised the chef Daniel Humm’s announcement Monday that Eleven Madison Park would reopen with a plant-based menu, calling it “an exciting new chapter.” He said it is “a way to please the customer while exploring new avenues.”

A new award — the green star, for sustainable gastronomy — was given to Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which has two stars. Michelin has also started recognizing young chefs, and named the executive chef Suyoung Park of Jungsik, also with two stars, in that category.

A sommelier award was also introduced, and for New York it was given to Miguel de Leon at Pinch Chinese, which has the Bib Gourmand symbol for good value. The chief inspector for North America, who spoke to The Times under the condition of anonymity because Michelin does not reveal the identity of its inspectors, said that the restaurant has an exciting wine list and that Mr. de Leon has done a great deal when it comes to wine education. The list features small producers and organic and biodynamic wines from all over Europe and the United States, including Texas.

Last month Michelin also announced the star rankings for restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area and for Chicago. In Washington, in addition to four new one-star restaurants for a total of 19, there is a new two-star, Jônt. The Inn at Little Washington, with three stars, was awarded the green star. The sommelier award went to Bill Jensen of the one-star Tail Up Goat. Chicago’s 18 one-star restaurants include a new one, Porto. There are two new two-star restaurants, Ever and Moody Tongue, for a total of five. Alinea remains Chicago’s only three-star restaurant. Jill Gubesch at Topolobampo, which has one star, received the sommelier award.

There will be a guide for California this year, but the date of the announcement has not been decided. No books will be published, and the guides are available on the Michelin Guide iOS app.

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