Michelin Names NYC Restaurant Stars for 2010

Posted by on Oct 7

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michelin nyc 2010Earlier this week, Michelin released its coveted 2010 Guide to New York City Restaurants, welcoming many newcomers and granting a select few the honor of remaining on the list.

Michelin stars have been an honored status symbol for restaurateurs around the world for years -- although Michelin has only been awarding stars in New York City since 2005. But the system remains the same. The company awards restaurants one, two, or three stars (three being the highest of course).

According to the Michelin guide, one star means "a very good restaurant in its category; a place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard." Several newcomers made it onto the one-star list this year, including River Cafe, Rouge Tomate, and SHO Shaun Hergatt. Overall, 17 new restaurants were added, to comprise a list of 44 one-starred eateries.

Michelin describes its two-star category as "excellent cuisine, worth a detour; skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality." Despite his economic woes, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at The London remained on the list, as well as Gilt, Momofuku Ko, and Picholine. Restaurants Corton and Alto are new to the list this time around.

Last but certainly not least, "three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients." The recipients in this category come as no surprise: Jean Georges by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef Eric Ripert's Le Bernadin, well-known Southwestern restaurant Masa, the Time Warner Center's Per Se, and Daniel Boulud's Daniel (this year's only new addition).

Upcoming Michelin guides to localized restaurant areas include the Japanese cities of Kyoto and Osaka sometime in mid-October, and San Francisco on October 20.

Source: Gothamist

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