In a city with some 24,000 restaurants—ranging from world renowned French eateries to neighborhood burger joints—New Yorkers put a great deal of faith in recommendations, searching for some trustworthy voice to point them in the right direction.

For years, the Michelin Guide and its anonymous inspectors have served as the gold standard for where to dine in the five boroughs, assigning a business one star for "a very good restaurant in its category," two stars for "excellent cuisine, worth a detour," and three stars for "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey." These little, red stars have been known to either make or break a chef's career.

Say what you will about the Michelin Guide—that its elitist, that it favors European cuisine over other culinary traditions, that it's  ranking system is outdated, etcetera—but the stars do paint an interesting portrait of where New York stands in the increasingly competitive world of food. Eater was able to get its hands on an advanced list of the restaurants included in Michelin's 2017 guide to New York City, and indeed the result offer a glimpse at where food in the five boroughs might be heading.

To begin with, the guide hints at serious stagnation at the top. For the sixth year in a row, no new restaurants were admitted to the three star club in New York, while San Francisco has seen a handful of restaurants rise from one star to three over the course of the last half-dozen years, according to Eater. And though it's easy to pick out a number of snubs this year—most notably Le Coucou, and April Bloomfield's Spotted Pig being demoted to the Bib Gourmand list—new, one-star winners like Faro in Bushwick, Brooklyn perhaps hint at some regional diversification. Williamsburg's Aska also made it's Michelin debut with a splash, coming in heavy with two-stars. ​

Aska
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Whether you agree or disagree, here, via Eater, are the restaurants Michelin believes to be the best in New York City.

Three Star Restaurants:

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

Eleven Madison Park

Jean-Georges

Per Se

Masa

Le Bernardin

Two Star Restaurants:

Aquavit

Aska (new)

atera

Blanca

Daniel

Jungsik

Ko

Marea

The Modern

Soto

One Star Restaurants:

Agern (new)

Ai Fiori

Aldea

Andanada

Aureole

Babbo

Batard

Betony

Blue Hill

The Breslin

Cafe Boulud

Cafe China

Cagen

Carbone

Casa Enrique

Casa Mono

Caviar Russe

Contra (new)

Delaware & Hudson

Del Posto

Dovetail

Faro (new)

The Finch

Gabriel Kreuther

Gotham Bar & Grill

Gramercy Tavern

Gunter Seeger (new)

Hirohisa

Jewel Bako

Junoon

Kajitsu

Kanoyama

Kyo Ya

L’Appart (new)

La Sirena (new)

La Vara

Luksus at Torst

Meadowsweet

Minetta Tavern

The Musket Room

Nix (new)

The NoMad

Peter Luger

Piora

Public

Rebelle

The River Cafe

Semilla

Sushi Ginza Onodera (new)

Sushi Inoue (new)

Sushi of Gari

Sushi Yasuda

Sushi Zo (new)

Take Root

Tempura Matsui

Tori Shin

Tulsi

Uncle Boons

Ushiwakamaru

Wallse

ZZ’s Clam Bar

[via Eater]