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Last week, the 2013 Michelin New York Guide was released, revealing some of the best restaurants in New York City! If you're looking for somewhere to eat on your next romantic trip to NYC or you just want to enjoy a night out with some fine dining, these are the best restaurants that you're going to find in New York! Some of these are better than others of course, some received 3 stars while others received 1 star, but obviously that's better than all the restaurants who received no stars, right?

Well technically there are still a million (or somewhere very close to that many) restaurants in New York City who didn't make the list, and most of them are okay with that! Michelin stars are awarded to what they qualify as the "most highly respected of all restaurant ratings." Restaurants who receive one star are considered a very good restaurants (believe us, one star is no insult to anyone!) while restaurants who receive three stars are exceptional restaurants. Many of these require reservations well in advance, so don't expect to eat here on a whim unless you've won some awards of your own. The Rising Star is awarded to the best restaurants in each category.

Obviously a restaurant who doesn't have a Michelin star doesn't mean it isn't good (not necessarily at least, although we can think of a few...) but if you're looking for the best chefs in New York and the most unforgettable dining experiences, these are the restaurants of this year that you're going to want to go to on your next New York City vacation!

New York City Restaurants Who Received 3 Michelin Stars

  • Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare: Opened by Chef Ramirez, this BYOB restaurant in NYC is the only three Michelin-starred restaurant in Brooklyn!
  • Daniel: Known for their perfection in every single dish on the tasting menu, but you can't go wrong with the three course prix fixe or the roasted foie gras.
  • Eleven Madison Park: Another restaurant where you will want to order the tasting menu, especially the foie gras, but don't leave without trying the New York egg cream drink.
  • Jean-Georges: With a location right on Central Park, you can't get a better elegant NYC Tourist experience than you will at a meal here! If you decide you want to just live here, well, just book a room at the Trump Hotel and you can eat here every day of your stay!
  • Le Bernardin: From the wild mushroom salad with shaved foie gras to the chocolate olive oil, everything here is extra innovative.
  • Masa: A Japanese sushi bar amongst all the overly-French sensations? This place must be something special, huh?
  • Per Se: Chef Thomas Keller really wows the crowd with oysters and pearls.

Two Michelin Starred New York City Restaurants

  • Atera: Start your meal with a specialty cocktail.
  • Corton: This French food really is sensational, but nothing beats the desserts in our eyes. Plus, who doesn't love spending time in TriBeca? We recommend dedicating a whole vacation to this area, including a stay at the TriBeCa Blu Hotel.
  • Gilt: Located at the Palace Hotel NYC, this is a great restaurant to go with a group or just one-on-one with someone special. Either way, just make sure that it's people you can sit down and stay a while with - because this is not a meal you'll want to (or even be able to) rush through.
  • Gordon Ramsay at the London: Well, you know us Americans. We can't ever get enough Gordon Ramsey in our lives. On TV. In every popular city we visit. Etc... This is the true NYC fine dining experience that you'd expect when you're shelling out the big bucks.
  • Marea: Come for the lobster and buarrata or the octopus and bone marrow.
  • Momofuku Ko: The foie gras with riesling jelly lychee and pinenuts is like nothing you've ever tried before, and the Berkshire pork and deep fried short rib make this Asian Fusion restaurant more than worthy of two Michelin stars in our opinion! 
  • Soto: Get anything uni at this sushi bar and leave as happy as a clam.

One Star Restaurants (who deserve reviews, but will just get listed and you can try them all for yourself and tell us what you think):

  • Adour 
  • Ai Fiori 
  • Aldea 
  • Annisa 
  • Aquavit 
  • Aureole 
  • A Voce Columbus 
  • A Voce Madison 
  • Blanca 
  • Blue Hill 
  • Bouley 
  • The Breslin 
  • Brushstroke 
  • Cafe Boulud 
  • CafĂ© China 
  • Casa Mono 
  • Danji 
  • Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen 
  • Del Posto 
  • Dovetail 
  • Dressler 
  • 15 East 
  • Gotham Bar and Grill 
  • Gramercy Tavern 
  • Hakkasan 
  • Jewel Bako 
  • Jungsik
  •  Junoon 
  • Kajitsu 
  • Kyo Ya 
  • Lan Sheng 
  • Minetta Tavern 
  • The Modern 
  • The Nomad 
  • Oceana 
  • Peter Luger 
  • Picholine
  • Public 
  • Rosanjin 
  • Rouge 
  • Tomate 
  • Saul 
  • Seasonal 
  • Spotted Pig 
  • Sushi Azabu 
  • Sushi of Gari 
  • Tamarind Tribeca 
  • Tori Shin 
  • Torrisi Italian Specialties 
  • Tulsi 
  • Wallse 
  • Wd~50