While most of us Brooklynites are content with budget gourmet like the meatball sub from Best Pizza and fried jamalaya balls from Char No. 4 (as listed in our Brooklyn Restaurant Awards), Manhattan tourists car-servicing it from Tribeca might want something a little more upscale. Luckily, Michelin has released its New York guide for 2012, which includes several notable Brooklyn restaurants. The biggest shocker?
César Ramirez’s exclusive 18-seat eatery Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare getting the three-star treatment, putting it on the level of Jean Georges, Le Bernardin and Per Se. This is an upgrade from last year’s two stars and a serious sign that world-class cooking has arrived in Kings County, at least in the eyes of Michelin’s anonymous reviewers.
The one-star recipients are the usual fine-dining suspects that have been garnering kudos for years now: Dressler, Peter Luger, River Cafe and Saul. We can’t really complain about these picks; they’re all great restaurants and we’d go more often if we made a little more cash. More useful for the average Brooklynite might be Michelin’s Bib Gourmand picks, which includes restaurants where you should be able to get an appetizer, entree and glass of wine for $40. Sure, plenty of them are a little pricier than advertised, but you get the idea—you won’t go broke eating at any of these places.
Our favorite among them: Buttermilk Channel, Tanoreen, Roberta’s, Paulie Gee’s, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Marlow & Sons and Mile End. Check out all of the Bib Gourmand picks here.