The year 2018 is coming to an end and many are eager to start the new year with newfound confidence and spirit. And with 2019 ahead, why not start the year and prepare yourself with a culinary bucket list for the year? Thankfully, just like always, the MICHELIN Guide has rated all of the most spectacular dining spots across the globe for us to know and indulge, and it has just announced its 2019 list. This time, we dive into all of the three-starred restaurants over North America and cover what you should know about them.

New York City

Starting with the city that never sleeps, New York goes with a bang in the MICHELIN Guide 2019, featuring many extraordinary restaurants including some very brand-new ones. Overall, the guide features 76 restaurants and 129 with a Bib Gourmand designation including 16 new starred restaurants in which five have seen their status elevated. Among those numbers, some are placed way higher than the others. The following restaurants around New York have been granted three stars in the 2019 guide: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Masa, and Per Se.

San Francisco

Just like New York, San Francisco has also seen myriad restaurants elevated from last year. Among the three-star restaurants are Benu, The French Laundry, Manresa, Quince, The Restaurant at Meadowood, Saison, and newcomers to the rating such as Atelier Crenn and SingleThread. While Atelier Crenn earned its new fame with a wonderful balance of grace, artistry, and taste, SingleThread, which has been managed by couple Kyle and Katina Connaughton, has shown consistent commitment to presenting the highest standards of ingredients and exceptionally refined cuisine.

Washington, DC.

As always, the capital’s eateries don’t fail to awe MICHELIN inspectors with their divine cuisine and culinary skills. “Our inspectors are especially impressed with the consistency of the restaurant scene in DC,” stated Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guide—and it’s no wonder why. Released on September 13, the guide features the town’s very first three-star restaurant: The Inn at Little Washington. The restaurant, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, has been proudly elevated from two to three stars this year. What a ride for the crew!


Chicago has maintained its one three-star champion since the inaugural Chicago guide: Alinea. Even with a current change of management—having chef Mike Bagale out of the picture by the end of May, taken over by Chef de Cuisine Simon Davies—the restaurant remains one of top dining spots in town. “Based on our meals at Alinea and given Davies’ history with this kitchen, we are happy to award Alinea three stars again and will continue to monitor its progress,” said the inspectors.


See also: Around The City: 10 Places to Celebrate NYE Dinner

Tags: MICHELIN Guide 2019, North America, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Fine Dining