With 66 of its restaurants winning stars in Michelin’s 2013 guide, New York city has been again confirmed as one of the best places in the world to dine and as the unrivaled master of diversity. Seven restaurants won the guide’s highest three star-rating, unchanged from last year, earning the description of “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”
Another seven eateries got two stars, or “excellent cuisine, worth a detour,” including for the first time the newly-opened, 18-seat Atera - run by chef Mathew Lightner, in Manhattan’s trendy TriBeCa neighbourhood.
52 restaurants, meanwhile, got one star, up from 46 last year and including nine new entries. The Big Apple’s overall count this year is up five from last year, with representatives of all the city’s five boroughs.
“New York’s culinary terrain remains extremely dynamic. The rhythm of openings and closings is like nowhere else in the world,” said Michael Ellis, the international director of the annual guides issued by the French tire company.
While New York again failed to top Tokyo’s 200 Michelin-starred restaurants, it came out well ahead on diversity. 61 different cuisines are represented, from Persian to South African, Peruvian to Greek, Austrian, Turkish, Italian, Japanese, fusion, and gastropub.