What do you do if you’ve just won a coveted star from the latest edition of the Michelin Guide? If you’re the guys from Orchard Street’s Contra, you apparently head on over to your neighbors at Taquitoria (168 Ludlow St.) for an impromptu celebration.
In a press release put out yesterday, here’s what Michelin had to say about Contra, which received a single star:
Lower East Side’s Contra joins the one stars under the capable leadership of co-owners and head chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone who have thrilled frugal high-end food enthusiasts with a six-course $67 tasting menu that has evolved recently to offer an enjoyable balance in creative contemporary concepts with high-quality taste.
The only other Lower East Side restaurant to make the selective list is Rebelle on the Bowery. But quite a few spots in the neighborhood landed on the Bib Gourmand honor roll, which is made up of slightly more affordable eateries. Here are Michelin’s top spots on the LES (below East Houston Street) and in Chinatown:
- Congee Village
- Dim Sum Go Go
- Katz’s Deli
- Pearl & Ash
- Russ & Daughters Cafe
- Shanghai Cafe
- Speedy Romeo
- Thelma on Clinton
Check out Eater for the full Bib Gourmand list, including a bunch of East Village restaurants.