20 Japanese Restaurants in NYC Receive Michelin Stars

On Election Day, the world’s oldest restaurant guide announced the New York City restaurants elected to receive the coveted Michelin stars. Seventy-six restaurants in New York City earned stars, and 20 of them are Japanese establishments. Seven are new to the list, including one that closed a month before the Michelin announcement. Sushi Nakazawa finally grabbed an elusive star, after five years of being snubbed. Speaking of being snubbed, Torishin, the first yakitori place ever to earn a Michelin star, didn’t receive one. Ushiwakamaru and Sushi Zo also dropped from the ranks.

Here are the 20 for 2019: 

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Three Stars (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”)
Masa
10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center
Type of Cuisine: Sushi
Despite allegations by the FDA that it violated seafood safety regulations, Masa, one of the most expensive sushi restaurants in the country, retained its three-star status.

 

Two Stars (“excellent cuisine, worth a detour”)

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Ichimura at Uchū (NEW)
Type of cuisine: Sushi
217 Eldridge Street
Detour into the Lower East Side to experience a thrilling sushi dinner at the hands of master sushi chef Eiji Ichimura. He offers only two seatings a night, so nabbing a seat at his counter is highly desirable.

 

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Sushi Ginza Onodera
461 5th Avenue
Type of cuisine: Sushi
This popular omakase restaurant serves Edomae sushi that features fish flown in from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Market and Niigata rice seasoned with red vinegar.

 

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Tetsu Basement (NEW)
78 Leonard Street
Type of cuisine: Well, it was kaiseki . . . If you venture into this kaiseki restaurant by Chef Masa Takayama (of Masa, the 3-Michelin-star, $600-a-person sushi spot) that made its Michelin star debut this year, you’ll actually find a raw seafood bar. That’s because it Chef Masa changed the concept in early October. Despite this, Michelin awarded the short-lived Basement two stars.

 

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One Star (“A very good restaurant in its category”)
Bar Uchū
217 Eldridge Street
Type of cuisine: Kaiseki
Chef Samuel Clonts, an alumnus of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, runs this intimate space in the Lower East Side. He uses the finest ingredients in his Japanese-influenced, kaiseki-style meals.

 

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Hirohisa
73 Thompson Street
Type of cuisine: Seasonal Japanese
New York Magazine says, “Hirohisa Hayashi specializes in the kind of quirky, traditionalist dishes beloved by Japanese omakase purists.”

 

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Jewel Bako
239 E. 5th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Michelin Guide inspectors site the ambiance and excellent customer service to be just as important as the consistently exquisite dishes created by Jewel Bako’s talented chef.

 

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Kajitsu
125 E. 39th Street
Type of cuisine: Shojin Ryori (Buddhist vegetarian)
Kajitsu is such a special place that it deserves to be part of the conversation when it comes to essential New York restaurants,” The Infatuation says in its review of this classic kaiseki restaurant.

 

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Kanoyama
175 2nd Avenue
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Although this is Kanoyama’s second consecutive year with a Michelin star, it’s still somewhat off the radar.

 

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Kosaka (NEW)
220 W. 13th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Michelin describes this newcomer to the list as “a stellar omakase in an elegant setting” and Chef Yoshihiko Kousaka’s sushi as “transcendent.”

 

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Kyo Ya
94 E. 7th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi/Kaiseki
Kaiseki is a multi-course Japanese meal that pays special attention to the seasonality of ingredients. Chef Chikara Sono respects seafood and vegetables at the peak of their freshness and incorporates them into carefully crafted courses.

 

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Noda (NEW)
6 W. 28th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
According to the Michelin Guide, this first-timer is “one of the most impressive sushi-yas to open in New York City in recent years.”

 

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Okuda (NEW)
458 W. 17th Street
Type of cuisine: Kaiseki
Owner/Chef Toru Okuda takes the seasonality of kaiseki cuisine to the next level in his third restaurant, following outposts in Tokyo and Paris.

 

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Satsuki
114 W. 47th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
The sushi bar at Suzuki, Satsuki is Chef Toshio Suzuki’s “utterly tranquil shrine dedicated to upscale Japanese cuisine,” says Michelin.

 

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Sushi Amane
245 E. 44th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
“Chef [Shion] Uino delivers nigiri of astonishing depth and with a complexity of flavors,” the Michelin Guide says of this eight-seat omakase counter that shares space with MIFUNE.

 

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Sushi Inoue
481 Lenox Avenue
Type of cuisine: Sushi
In July 2015 Chef Shinichi Inoue opened the first restaurant in Harlem to receive a Michelin star. Receiving such accolades is not new to him; the Nagasaki native also earned a Michelin star for his work at Sushi Azabu. His eponymous establishment offers four different omakase choices, and the Village Voice describes a meal at Sushi Inoue as “ . . . a dining experience that’s steeped in ritual and yet unique.”

 

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Sushi Nakazawa (NEW)
23 Commerce Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Finally. Chef Daisuke Nakazawa, former tamagoyaki-making apprentice to the venerable Chef Jiro of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame, finally has a Michelin star. After saying the popular sushi restaurant didn’t have the “purity” of other Japanese restaurants, the Michelin Guide reviewers finally decided that dining here is a “truly memorable sushi adventure.”

 

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Sushi Noz (NEW)
181 E. 78th Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Let Sushi Noz transport you to Japan with its hinoki counter and an omakase meal that “feels like every bite has been designed solely for you.”

 

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Sushi Yasuda
204 E. 43rd Street
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Since 1999 Sushi Yasuda has been serving classic, no-frills sushi (i.e., no rolls with cream cheese or jalapeños) in Midtown East. The minimalist approach to the food and the interior prompted The New York Times to call it a “standout shrine to sushi.”

 

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Tempura Matsui
222 E. 39th Street
Type of cuisine: Tempura
This is not the same style of over-breaded fried food that some people think of when they hear “tempura.” This is high-end, fine dining with a set tasting menu at $200. Revered chef Masao Matsui, who opened the restaurant in 2015, died of cancer in February 2016, but Chef Shin Kato continues to prepare tempura in the same delicate fashion.

 

Bib Gourmands (“Inspectors’ favorites for good value”)
Michelin defines “good value” as spending $40 or less – excluding tax and gratuity – for two courses and a glass of wine or dessert

DOMODOMO
138 W. Houston Street
Type of Cuisine: Sushi

HinoMaru Ramen
33-18 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
Type of Cuisine: Ramen

Jin Ramen
462 Amsterdam Avenue
Type of Cuisine: Ramen

Mu Ramen
12-09 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Type of Cuisine: Ramen

Shalom Japan
310 S. 4th Street, Brooklyn
Type of Cuisine: “Authentically inauthentic Jewish and Japanese food”

Sobaya
229 E. 9th Street
Type of Cuisine: Japanese Soba Noodles

Tonchin (NEW)
13 W. 36th Street
Type of Cuisine: Ramen

For a complete list of all New York restaurants that earned stars – not just the Japanese ones – please visit Michelin’s website.