The Pan-Seared Burger with fries sits on a plate at GG’s restaurant in New York, U.S. (Photographer: Eric Medsker/Bloomberg)  

There Are Now More Great Cheap Meals in New York City

(Bloomberg) -- On Tuesday, Michelin released the 14th edition of its Bib Gourmand list for New York—also known as the acclaimed guide’s “cheap eats” list. The five boroughs scored 129 restaurants, including 27 new spots. That compares with last year’s 127 Bib Gourmands and only 14 new spots, which means a lot of places were taken off the list because they either closed, weren’t worthy, or moved up to Michelin-star status.

Among the most notable restaurants to drop from this year’s list is the Spotted Pig, which has made headlines for sexual harassment allegations.

The list also stands out for the number of new restaurants in Manhattan, at a time when Brooklyn and Queens account for most of the city’s dining buzz. Manhattan boasts 14 additions, representing more than half the newcomers. Among them is Una Pizza Napoletana, from pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri and rising star chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone.

In fact, Michelin demoted Brooklyn: The borough now claims only 35 Bib Gourmands, down from 37 last year. Although part of the fun of a Michelin list is picking it apart, some of its entries are unassailable, like the explosive Thai spot Ugly Baby in Brooklyn.

Another fun thing about the Bib Gourmand list is seeing how quickly it can become out date. In this case, the answer is instantaneously: Salt & Bone Smokehouse, known for its Fred Flintstone-style beef rib, has already closed in Queens and intends to operate a “ghost kitchen” for delivery only—a development in line with the dual trends of shrinking restaurants and virtual restaurants. (Some barbecue experts won’t be sorry; John Brown Smokehouse has better smoked meats and it fell off the list.) The Bib Gourmand list also includes Brooklyn’s Prime Meats, which has announced its closing in November.

The number of destinations in Queens shot up to 19, from 15, with seven new Bib Gourmands when you take Salt & Bone off the list. 

The chief criterion for Bib Gourmand winners is that $40 per person can get you a meal that includes two courses plus dessert or wine, before tax and tip. (Although, if you put that to the test at several of these places, you’ll find that you’ll need a bit more cash if you want full rein of the menu.) The list is determined by anonymous Michelin inspectors who visit the restaurants in the course of determining their famous star rating system.

This year’s number of relatively inexpensive spots in the city gently bucks the trend of a slow but steady decrease in notable new places. The Bib Gourmand guide included 132 restaurants in 2017 and 133 in 2016. Meanwhile, the price of an entree in New York continues to rise—witness the $92 lamb chops at the Grill

The full list is below; New York’s stars will beannounced on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

New York Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019

An asterisk denotes a new entry. All neighborhoods are listed by their designation in the Michelin guide.


*Amelie (Upper West Side)
Angkor (Upper East Side)
Atla (Greenwich and West Village)
Atoboy (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
Baker & Co. (Greenwich and West Village)

There Are Now More Great Cheap Meals in New York City

Bar Primi (East Village)
*Cervo’s (Lower East Side)
Cho Dang Gol (Midtown West)
ChouChou (East Village)
Ciccio (SoHo and Nolita)
Congee Village (Lower East Side)
Cotenna (Greenwich and West Village)
Dim Sum Go Go (Chinatown and Little Italy)
DOMODOMO (Greenwich and West Village)
Don Antonio by Starita (Midtown West)
Donostia (East Village)
Double Zero (East Village)
*The Flower Shop (Lower East Side)
HanGawi (Midtown East)
Hao Noodle & Tea (Greenwich and West Village)
High Street on Hudson (Greenwich and West Village)
Hunan Bistro (East Village)
*Hwa Yuan (Chinatown)
J.G. Melon (Upper East Side)
Jin Ramen (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)
J. Restaurant Chez Asta (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)

There Are Now More Great Cheap Meals in New York City

Katz’s (Lower East Side)
Khe-Yo (Tribeca)
Kiin Thai (Greenwich and West Village)
Kiki’s (Lower East Side)
*Kubeh (West Village)
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen (Midtown West)
Land of Plenty (Midtown East)
Larb Ubol (Midtown West)
*Lil Gem (Lower East Side)
*Little Alley (Midtown East)
Lupa (Greenwich and West Village)
Luzzo’s (East Village)
MáLà Project (East Village)
Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too (Upper West Side)

Momofuku Noodle Bar (East Village)
Momofuku Ssäm Bar (East Village)
New Malaysia (Chinatown and Little Italy)
Norma Gastronomia Siciliana (Midtown East)
Nyonya (Chinatown and Little Italy)
Oso (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)
*Pinch Chinese (Soho)
Pippali (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
Prune (East Village)
Ribalta (Greenwich and West Village)
Rubirosa (SoHo and Nolita)
Russ & Daughters Cafe (Lower East Side)
San Matteo (Upper East Side)
Sip Sak (Midtown East)
Soba-Ya (East Village)
Somtum Der (East Village)
*Tang Hot Pot (Lower East Side)
*Tomino (Chinatown)
*Tonchin (Midtown West)
Turkish Kitchen (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
*Ulivo (Gramercy)
*Una Pizza Napoletana (Lower East Side)
Uva (Upper East Side)
Zoma (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)


Achilles Heel (Williamsburg)
Alta Calidad (Park Slope)
Bunker (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Buttermilk Channel (Downtown)

*Convivium Osteria (Park Slope)
East Harbor Seafood Palace (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Egg (Williamsburg)
Falansai (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Frankies 457 Spuntino (Downtown)
Freek’s Mill (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
*Georgian Dream Cafe (Sunset Park)
Gladys (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Glasserie (Williamsburg)
Good Fork (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Gran Eléctrica (Downtown)
Hometown Bar-B-Que (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)

*La Vara (Downtown)
Lea (Park Slope)
Llama Inn (Williamsburg)
Mile End (Downtown)
Miss Ada (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Olmsted (Park Slope)
Prime Meats (Downtown)
Purple Yam (Park Slope)
Rider (Williamsburg)
Roberta’s (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Runner & Stone (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Shalom Japan (Williamsburg)
Sottocasa (Downtown)
Speedy Romeo (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Tanoreen (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
21 Greenpoint (Williamsburg)
*Ugly Baby (Downtown)
Vinegar Hill House (Downtown)
Xixa (Williamsburg)


*Alley 41
Arharn Thai
Casa del Chef Bistro
*Dai Xi Sichuan
Dumpling Galaxy
Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna
Hahm Ji Bach
HinoMaru Ramen 
*Houdini Kitchen Laboratory
Hunan Cafe
Il Poeta
*Legend of Taste
Mu Ramen
Paet Rio
*Pata Cafe
*Salt & Bone Smokehouse
Sweet Yummy House
Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi 

The Bronx

El Molcajete 
Havana Café 
La Morada
Tra Di Noi 
Zero Otto Nove

Staten Island

Enoteca Maria

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