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The Michelin Guide - strinking fear into the hearts of New York chefs since 2006. (Oh wait, that's not the Michelin guy?)

Judging by the muzak in Duane Reade, the holidays are upon us, and with the season comes plenty of opportunities for celebratory eating. When deciding how to disburse our holiday dining budget, some of us like advice. Perhaps lists identifying ‘the best’ places to eat. And not lists compiled by our plebeian peers; how gauche. Some prefer lists compiled by those experts in culinary evaluation, the masters of snobbery-in-a-good-way: the French.

For those of you who fit that bill, here’s a wrap-up of the Michelin Guide’s recently-released 2012 Brooklyn picks, including the Bib Gourmand list. A grand total of 29 restaurants received the nod this year.

For those with joyful wallets, the Brooklyn restaurants with stars:

Three Stars:

  • Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (Downtown Brooklyn)

One Star:

  • Dressler (Williamsburg)
  • Peter Luger (Williamsburg)
  • River Cafe (DUMBO)
  • Saul (Cobble Hill)

For those with champagne taste on a beer budget, the Bib Gourmand list may be more your speed. Michelin describes Bib Gourmand restaurants as “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” and they’re all places where you can get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).

Sound like your beloved neighborhood haunt? Probably depends which neighborhood – Williamsburg hits the jackpot with eight Bib Gourmand awards (and two starred spots.) Carroll Gardens is the runner up with four Bibs.

See if the French have found your favorite spot (listed alphabetically, by neighborhood):

Bay Ridge

  • Tanoreen


  • Do or Dine


  • World Tong

Boerum Hill

  • Mile End


  • Roberta’s

Carroll Gardens

  • Buttermilk Channel
  • Char No. 4
  • Frankies 457 Spuntino
  • Prime Meats

Fort Greene

  • The General Greene
  • Kif


  • Paulie Gee’s

Park Slope

  • Sette Enoteca & Cucina (Currently closed and reopening as Giovanni’s)

Prospect Heights

  • Franny’s

Red Hook

  • The Good Fork

Vinegar Hill

  • Vinegar Hill House


  • Baci & Abbracci (Williamsburg)
  • Diner (Williamsburg)
  • Egg (Williamsburg)
  • Fatty ‘Cue (Williamsburg)
  • Marlow & Sons (Williamsburg)
  • Mesa Coyoacán (Williamsburg)
  • Rye (Williamsburg)
  • Traif (Williamsburg)

Of course, this all begs the question – who did they miss? Tell us who you think should have made the cut in the comments.

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2 Responses to The Michelin Guide’s 2012 Brooklyn Picks

  1. Accidental Chef says:

    How could you miss Panino Rustico in Bensonhurst?!?

  2. CJ says:

    They totally missed the Purple Yam in Ditmas Park!

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