Michelin has awarded two new restaurants in New York with three stars, bringing the total of restaurants holding its top accolade in the US city to seven.
Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan and Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare have joined the elite ranks of three-star restaurants, which also include Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se.
Restaurateur Danny Meyer's Eleven Madison Park, where chef Daniel Humm is in charge of the kitchen, was the biggest winner, jumping from one to three stars in the guide. Meanwhile, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, an 18-seat restaurant housed within a Brooklyn grocery store, jumped one after having been awarded its second star only last year.
SHO Shaun Hergatt and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon were awarded two Michelin stars each, extending French chef Robuchon's lead as the most starred chef in the world, with 27 in total. A total of nine New York restaurants now have two stars, including Gordon Ramsay at the London hotel.
Meanwhile, 10 establishments celebrated their first star, bringing the total of Michelin-starred establishments in New York to 72, including 46 with one star.
The losers were Picholine, which lost one of its two stars, and Shalezeh, a Persian restaurant on the Upper East Side, which lost its single star.
The 2012 Michelin Guide to New York also identified 31 new restaurants as Bib Gourmands (offering two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for less than $40), bringing the total to 114.
Michelin's generous handing out of stars in New York gives hope to the UK, where only one restaurant - Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester - has won new three stars in the past seven guides. The Michelin guide to Great Britain and Ireland will be released tomorrow (6 October) at noon. Look out for full coverage on www.catererandhotelkeeper.com.
By Kerstin Kühn
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