NYC-Based Japanese Restaurants That Received 2021 Michelin Stars

As we claw our way out of the pandemic, the city continues to re-open, and the summer weather has arrived, New Yorkers are dining out more. If you’re looking for ideas of where to enjoy award-winning Japanese cuisine, here is the list of the Japanese restaurants that have earned at least one star in the most recent Michelin Guide.

Michelin released the list on May 6, seven months later than usual, which is understandable considering we’ve been in a pandemic and the restaurant industry has taken a huge hit as a result. That’s probably why Michelin’s restaurant raters—or “inspectors,” as they are called—made no changes in the last year’s ratings. Across the board, no restaurant that made the list last year was removed or downgraded, but several dropped off the list because they are either temporarily or permanently closed.

Twenty Japanese restaurants made the 2020 list, but there are 15 for 2021. The ones that fell off the list are Bar Uchu (which was closed at the time the 2020 list was announced in October 2019, long before the pandemic began), Jewel Bako, Ukiyo, Okuda, Satsuki, and Sushi Inoue. East Village modern kaiseki spot Tsukimi is the lone Japanese newcomer to the list.

Given the chaotic state in which restaurants find themselves a year into the pandemic, keeping their stars has probably provided some sense of comfort and even validation as they continue to weather the storm. But some critics feel that the Guide should have waited until more restaurants have had a chance to reopen—and in some instances, reinvent themselves—before bestowing them with the coveted stars. In a scathing article by Steve Cuozzo in the New York Post, the reporter says the ratings “. . . are as out of date as a Howard Johnson’s paper placemat menu . . .”

He argues that no restaurant in town has been open long enough to receive a proper rating, and some of them are actually still closed. Regardless of whether you feel these awards are deserved or not, dining out will help you feel normal again while supporting local businesses. The ones that are open deserve your attention if you have the means. And if you’re not into spending $600 on sushi, you’ll find the more practical Michelin Bib Gourmands at the bottom of this list. Some of these places have indoor seating, outdoor seating, and/or delivery options, so make sure you contact the restaurant to see if they offer what interests you the most.

Here are the 15 Japanese restaurants with Michelin stars for 2021:

Three Stars (“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”)

Masa
10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center
Website: masanyc.com
Type of Cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations via email at reservation@masanyc.com or through Tock.

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

Ichimura at Uchū
217 Eldridge Street
Website: uchu.nyc
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations via Uchū’s website.

Sushi Ginza Onodera
461 5th Avenue
Website: onodera-group.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations by calling the restaurant at 212-390-0925 or online.

One Star (“A very good restaurant in its category”)

Hirohisa

Hirohisa
73 Thompson Street
Website: www.hirohisa.nyc
Type of cuisine: Kaiseki
Make reservations via Hirohisa’s website.

Kajitsu
125 E. 39th Street
Website: kajitsunyc.com
Type of cuisine: Shojin Ryori (Buddhist vegetarian)
Make reservations via Kajitsu’s website.

Kanoyama
175 2nd Avenue
Website: kanoyama.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations by calling the restaurant at 212-777-5266.

Kosaka
220 W. 13th Street
Website: kosakanyc.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations by calling the restaurant at 212-727-1709, sending an email to rsvp@kosakanyc.com, or through OpenTable on Kosaka’s website.

Noda
6 W. 28th Street
Website: noda.nyc
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations via Noda’s website or order delivery/pickup via Bbot.

Odo
17 W. 20th Street
Website: odo.nyc
Type of cuisine: Kaiseki
Order pickup/delivery on Odo’s website.

Sushi Amane
245 E. 44th Street
Website: www.sushi-amane.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations via Resy.

Sushi Nakazawa
23 Commerce Street
Website: sushinakazawa.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations via Sushi Nakazawa’s website.

Sushi Noz
181 E. 78th Street
Website: sushinoz.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Vaccinated patrons can make reservations via Sushi Noz’s website. Sushi Noz also runs Noz Market in the space formerly occupied by Japanese bakery/café HARBS. The market offers seafood delicacies flown in daily from Japan.

Sushi Yasuda
204 E. 43rd Street
Website: sushiyasuda.com
Type of cuisine: Sushi
Make reservations as well as take-out/delivery orders via Sushi Yasuda’s website.

Tempura Matsui
222 E. 39th Street
Website: tempuramatsui.com
Type of cuisine: Tempura
Make reservations via Tempura Matsui’s website.

Tsukimi
228 E. 10th Street
Website: tsukimi.nyc
Type of cuisine: Kaiseki
Make reservations via Tock.

 

Bib Gourmands (“Inspectors’ favorites for good value”)

Tonchin

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
Website: domodomonyc.com

Hanon (New)
436 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
Instagram: instagram.com/hanonbrooklyn/
Type of Cuisine: Udon Noodles

Jin Ramen
3183 Broadway
Website: 125.jinramen.com
Type of Cuisine: Ramen

Maison Yaki
626 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
Website: maisonyaki.com
Type of Cuisine: French-Japanese Yakitori

Nami Nori (New)
33 Carmine Street
Website: naminori.nyc
Type of Cuisine: Temaki

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

Sobaya
229 E. 9th Street
Website: sobaya.square.site
Type of Cuisine: Soba Noodles

Tonchin
13 W. 36th Street
Website: tonchinnewyork.com
Type of Cuisine: Ramen

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