New York: concrete jungle where dreams are made of. And for most of the world’s best chefs, those dreams come in the form of a coveted Michelin star.

An early indicator of potential new winners can be derived from the recently-announced Bib Gourmands: awards that recognize establishments that offer “exceptional good food at moderate prices.” It’s an honor to receive a Bib, though restaurants on this list are not eligible to receive a star. This means that excluded restaurants from years past may finally be getting the star treatment this time around. Of course, there is always the shocker: first-year restaurants who get awarded, as well as tried-and-true classics either losing stars or never getting them at all.

There’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding Bib Gourmand eligibility in NYC, simply because it’s damn near impossible to enjoy a three-course meal for under $40 (the requirement) at many of these locations.

Newcomer Atla, led by Chef Daniela Soto-Innes (one of Chowhound’s four featured chefs as part of our Cuisine d’Auteur series), is the only new restaurant on this list with Basil Brick Oven, Coppelia, El Atoradero, Il Buco Alimintari, Lil’ Frankies, Little Pepper, and Porsena failing to make the cut (last year’s Biang!, Gastronomia Culinaria, Lulo & Po, Manila Social Club, Pearl & Ash, Phoenix Garden, and Thelma on Clinton all closed their doors in the Big Apple’s competitive restaurant market). This could either mean one of two things: single star contention or a complete demotion.

We won’t find out the official results until Oct. 30, but we encourage lovers of fine dining to sound off with their predictions on our community board. Are there any Manhattan favorites that are deserving of their second or third star? What about those that no longer live up to the hype? We want to hear from you!

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