Hot off the Press: The NY City Michelin 2009 Guide

By Margaret Kemp

Michelin's New York City 2009 Guide adds Masa Takayama to its' ***stars. One of Masa's specials for autumn is white truffle tempura. Book well ahead and be prepared for an expensive experience. Because you're worth it.

The other *** stars are equally mouth-watering, makes you want to get on the NetJet tout de suite. Eric Ripert's Le Bernadin and Per Se by Thomas Keller.

Adour (Ducasse), Gilt and Momofuku Ko join the ** stars and Allen & Delancey, Alto, eightyone, Fiamma, Insieme, Kvo Ya and Public the * star club.

The 2009 Michelin features the very popular Bib Gourmands, the inspectors' favourites for good value. This year 58 restaurants are listed that serve a menu with two dishes and a glass of wine or pudd for $40 or less. Say, Turkish Kitchen, Crispo, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Daisy May's BBQ.

I'm not paying that:

The Guide also includes 74 restaurants serving two dishes and a glass of wine for $25 or less. As a result, nearly 24% of the NYC selection is comprised of affordable canteens. With more than one million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, Michelin Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection and especially on small restaurants.

Actually when you think about it just being in “the guide” means a certain standard and quality are guaranteed.

All in all there's 42 starred restos, four with ***, seven ** and 31 *. They are visited and tested (in every country) for product quality, preparation and flavours, levels of creativity, value for money and consistency.

Cuisines included in Guide: 50

American Deli Latin American Russian

Argentinian Ethiopian Malaysian Scandinavian

Asian European Mediterranean Seafood

Austrian French Mexican Southern

Barbeque Fusion Middle Eastern Southwestern

Basque Gastropub Moroccan Spanish

Belgian German New Zealand Sri Lankan

Brazilian Greek Persian Steakhouse

Cajun Indian Peruvian Thai

Caribbean International Pizza Turkish

Chinese Italian Portuguese Vegan

Contemporary Japanese Puerto-Rican Vegetarian

Korean Vetnamese




Don't leave home without it:

Michelin Guide 2009 New York City

Available from 8th October in USA $16.95

From December 1 in Europe euros 14.50




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