Peter Luger Stripped of Michelin Star as 19 New York Restaurants Gain Awards

New York institutions Carbone and Marea also lost their stars

The food at Peter Luger's Steak House in Brooklyn.
The food at Peter Luger's Steak House in Brooklyn is no longer up to Michelin's standards.
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Approximately three years after receiving a scathing zero-star review from The New York Times, Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn has been stripped of its Michelin star while 19 other restaurants gained recognition from the fine-dining eating guide for the first time. “This year in New York, there’s a feeling of evolution,” Michelin’s North America chief inspector anonymously told Bloomberg.

While the news about Peter Luger, which was one of three NYC institutions to lose a Micheline star as Carbone and Marea also lost theirs, was somewhat surprising, it really shouldn’t be a massive shock as the writing has kind of been on the wall about the stodgy steakhouse for awhile now. There is still clearly a time and place for a cash-only joint with overpriced plates and rude waiters, but there’s also no need to pretend those are requirements of a fine-dining establishment in 2022.

There’s also no need for Peter Luger, which offered delivery for the first time in more than 130 years of being open for business during the height of the pandemic, to change because business in Brooklyn is going to be just fine. In fact, we’d wager that the steakhouse’s stakeholders care as much about losing their star from Michelin as they did in 2019 after getting shutout in the star department by The Times.

“We know who we are and have always been. The best steak you can eat. Not the latest kale salad,” general manager David Berson told Eater at the time. “We’re grateful to our customers who continue to pack our house every single day, and especially to our regulars whose emails of encouragement continue to flood our inbox.”

Wouldn’t count on it. Here’s this year’s full list. (An asterisk indicates a new selection.)

Three Stars 

  • Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (Midtown West)
  • Eleven Madison Park (Gramercy)
  • Le Bernardin (Midtown West)
  • Masa (Midtown West)
  • Per Se (Midtown West)

Two Stars

  • *Al Coro (Chelsea)
  • Aquavit (Midtown East)
  • Aska (Williamsburg)
  • Atera (Tribeca)
  • Atomix (Gramercy)
  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Westchester)
  • Daniel (Upper East Side)
  • Gabriel Kreuther (Midtown West)
  • Jean-Georges (Upper West Side)
  • Jungsik (Tribeca)
  • Ko (East Village)
  • *Saga (Financial District)
  • The Modern (Midtown West)

One Star

  • *63 Clinton (Lower East Side)
  • Bâtard (TriBeCa)
  • Casa Enrique (Queens)
  • Casa Mono (Gramercy)
  • Caviar Russe (Midtown East)
  • Claro (Gowanus)
  • *Clover Hill (Brooklyn Heights)
  • Contra (Lower East Side)
  • Cote (Gramercy)
  • Crown Shy (Financial District)
  • *Dirt Candy (Lower East Side)
  • Don Angie (Greenwich Village)
  • Estela (SoHo)
  • Family Meal at Blue Hill (Greenwich Village)
  • The Four Horsemen (Williamsburg)
  • Francie (Williamsburg)
  • *Frevo (Greenwich Village)
  • Gramercy Tavern (Gramercy)
  • Hirohisa (SoHo)
  • *Icca (Financial District)
  • Jeju Noodle Bar (Greenwich Village)
  • *Joomak Banjum (Midtown)
  • Jua (Gramercy)
  • Kanoyama (East Village)
  • Kochi (Midtown West)
  • Kosaka (Greenwich Village)
  • *L’Abeille (TriBeCa)
  • Le Coucou (SoHo)
  • Le Jardinier (Midtown East)
  • *Le Pavillon (Midtown East)
  • *Mari (Midtown West)
  • The Musket Room (SoHo)
  • Noda (Gramercy)
  • *Noz 17 (Chelsea)
  • Odo (Gramercy)
  • *Oji Mi (Chelsea)
  • *One White Street (TriBeCa)
  • Oxalis (Crown Heights)
  • Oxomoco (Williamsburg)
  • *Red Paper Clip (Greenwich Village)
  • Rezdora (Gramercy)
  • The River Café (Downtown Brooklyn)
  • *Semma (Greenwich Village)
  • *Shion 69 Leonard Street (TriBeCa)
  • Sushi Amane (Midtown East)
  • Sushi Ginza Onodera (Midtown West)
  • Sushi Nakazawa (Greenwich Village)
  • Sushi Noz (Upper East Side)
  • Sushi Yasuda (Midtown East)
  • Tempura Matsui (Midtown East)
  • *Torien (NoHo)
  • Tsukimi (East Village)
  • Tuome (East Village)
  • Vestry (SoHo)
  • *Yoshino (NoHo)


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