Bib Gourmands released, reveals The Spotted Pig is losing its Michelin star

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It’s a week before Michelin unveils its newest guide to New York’s best dining options, and while we wait in eager anticipation to see who’s going to be on the receiving end of an assortment of stars, Michelin has thrown us a bone in the form of the Bib Gourmands.

The Bib Gourmands is a list of stand-out restaurants where diners should be able to enjoy two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 before tax and tip.

But according to Eater, the bigger behind-the-scenes story with the Bibs is that it lets the public know which restaurants won’t be receiving a more prestigious Michelin star next week.

This year’s scandal comes courtesy of the The Spotted Pig, April Bloomfield’s West Village gastropub that has held a star since 2005 when Michelin’s inspectors first came to New York. It made the Bibs, so will soon be sans star.

A total of 132 restaurants made the cut this year, including Jin Ramen, Katz’s, MáLà Project, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Speedy Romeo, and Russ & Daughters Cafe.

There’s also speculation about some restaurants missing from the Bibs, and whether they’ll be getting upgraded to stars this time next week. [Eater]