Of the nearly 100 Michelin stars bestowed this year in New York City, Japanese restaurants claimed an astounding number. Three-star winner Masa is perhaps the most exclusive, with only 26 seats that people pay upwards of $450 to enjoy a meal in. The namesake chef of two-star winner Ichimura trained in Tokyo, and one-star recipient Tori Shin focuses on yakitori, the Japanese art of charcoal-grilled chicken. Of course, a Michelin star isn’t the only measure of success. Nobu New York is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in NYC, and lays claim to a different type of New York star—it’s co-owned by Oscar winner Robert De Niro.

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