Battery Park City Restaurant Loses Michelin Ranking, But Five New Downtown Eateries Are Honored
Above: L’Appart (in Brookfield Place) lost the Michelin star it has held since 2017. Below: New entrant Saga (on the rooftop of 70 Pine Street) gained two stars.
The annually updated gastronome’s bible, the Michelin Guide, has released its findings about New York restaurants for 2022, which include several upgrades and one notable demotion for Lower Manhattan diners.
In the latter category is L’Appart, an intimate, 28-seat hideaway nestled behind a leather-padded door within the Le District dining complex at Brookfield Place, which was awarded a single Michelin star to much fanfare in 2017 (less than a year after opening, in April 2016), a distinction that it had retained each year since. The eatery, which takes its name from an abbreviated form of the French word for “apartment,” is outfitted to resemble a dining room within a private French home more than a traditional restaurant. One half of the space is given over to an open kitchen, where guests can watch the chef prepare selections from the five- to eight-course tasting menu, which is priced starting at $230 per person. When Michelin recently announced its results for 2022, L’Appart’s star was taken away.
The Michelin Guide has been publishing handbooks for traveling gourmands for more than a century, conferring rankings based on one star (“a very good restaurant in its category”), two (“excellent cuisine, worth a detour”) or three (“exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”).
In New York City, there are only 73 restaurants in three of the five boroughs that appear on Michelin’s 2022 roster. (The Bronx and Staten Island didn’t make the cut.) Of these, five made the top tier with three stars, 13 were granted two stars, and 55 were awarded a single star. There are 11 formerly one-star restaurants that, like L’Appart, lost their designation.
When L’Appart was recognized in five years ago, it was the only Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere below Chambers Street, and one of only four below Canal Street. (The others were Jung-Sik, at Two Harrison Street, and Bâtard, at 239 West Broadway, with two stars, and Atera, at 77 Worth Street, with one star.)
Crown Shy (also at the top of 70 Pine) garnered one star.
Since then, the list of local stars has lengthened. In addition to the three peers noted above (all of which have retained their Michelin rankings), two restaurants located at 70 Pine Street were newly honored by Michelin this year. Saga, on the 63rd floor, notched two stars, while Crown Shy, on the 64th floor, garnered one. (The bar between these restaurants, Overstory, was recently named No. 34 on the prestigious list, the World’s 50 Best Bars, compiled each year by 650 professional mixologists.)
Additional Lower Manhattan restaurants newly honored with a single Michelin star this year are Icca (20 Warren Street), L’Abeille (412 Greenwich Street), Shion (69 Leonard Street), and One White Street (with a toponymic address).
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Today in History
Digitally restored version of a drawing by John Clark Ridpath, published in Witchcraft Illustrated in 1892, of the death of Giles Corey by being pressed with heavy stones during the Salem witch trials. The Salem witch trials ended today in 1692.
539 BC – The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon.
1492 – Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Bahamas. He thinks he reached Asia.
1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools.
1915 – In World War I, British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
1960 – Television viewers in Japan witness the assassination of Inejiro Asanuma, Japan Socialist Party leader, when he is stabbed and killed during a live broadcast.
1994 – The Magellan spacecraft burns up in the atmosphere of Venus.
1999 – The 6 billionth human in the world is born
2017 – Long-lost bust of Napoleon by Auguste Rodin found in the borough hall of Madison, New Jersey; worth at least $4 million
1710 – Jonathan Trumbull, colonel, politician, 16th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1785)
1932 – Dick Gregory, American comedian, actor, and author
1935 – Tony Kubek, American baseball player and sportscaster
1949 – Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan terrorist and murderer
1968 – Hugh Jackman, stage and screen actor and singer, born in Australia
1576 – Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1527)
1858 – Hiroshige, Japanese painter (b. 1797)
1870 – Robert E. Lee, American general (b. 1807)
1987 – Alf Landon, lieutenant and politician, 26th Governor of Kansas (b. 1887)
1997 – John Denver [Deutschendorf], pop songwriter, dies in a solo plane crash at 53
1999 – Wilt Chamberlain, basketball player and coach (b. 1936)
2013 – Oscar Hijuelos, novelist, dies from a heart attack at 62