The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

New York reaches the stars in new Michelin guide


NEW YORK (AFP) - With 66 of its restaurants winning stars in Michelin's 2013 guide, New York was again confirmed on Tuesday as one of the best places in the world to dine - and the unrivalled 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 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 neighborhood.

Fifty-two 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 Mr Michael Ellis, the international director of the prestigious annual guides issued by the French tire company.

Investment in restaurants, he added, far exceeds levels in Europe.