Michelin will unveil its second edition of the New York City Red Guide next week (25 October).
Last year's inaugural edition catapulted the city into second place behind Paris in the international culinary super league, leapfrogging London with the number of stars garnered.
Four restaurants took top marks last year with three-stars: Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin and Thomas Keller's Per Se.
However, restaurateurs in the city that never sleeps have set themselves a high bar to beat having achieved 51 stars in total last year.
Earlier this month Michelin launched its first San Francisco book, with chef Keller's French Laundry the only eatery to take top marks in the list.
Keller's Bouchon brasserie was also awarded one star, giving him a haul of seven in total.
Other San Francisco winners included Alice Waters's iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, which picked up a star and severed as inspiration for London chef Sally Clarke in creating Clarke's. Gary Danko's eponymous restaurant in North Beach was also the recipient of a star as was Rubicon, part of the Myriad restaurant group, which is headed by chef Stuart Brioza.
By Chris Druce