With unprecedented quiet, French tire company Michelin released the 2008 edition of its guide to New York City, listing a total of 565 restaurants (and another 54 hotels) that they feel worthy of attention. While in the states these guides, starting with the 2006 NYC Red Book, have had debatable impact, they do matter. For those international chefs cooking in New York, especially, getting even one of three stars is quite an achievement. Also, chefs have been brought up on the idea of getting Michelin stars, so for all there's the matter of pride at hand as well. And for the eater who follows such matters, it is interesting to note the changes year to year.
The biggest story of this year's book has to be that Tom Colicchio's Craft, the recipient of one star last year, has had its star stripped, leaving it with a no star listing in the guide. Also of note, Picholine and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay make their first appearances at the two star level. For Picholine this is an upgrade from one star; for Ramsay, this is his the debut listing for his NY restaurant. Having gotten the deuce, this restaurant, entirely panned by the New York media, is suddenly not a total disaster. Contrats, Gordo.
Other important notes: New comers at the one star level are Anthos, Blue Hill, Dressler, Gilt, JoJo and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which can't be happy with just a single star. One star restaurants that have been demoted: Craft, as mentioned, Fiamma, La Goulue, and Lever House.
The full list of starred venues:
Michelin Guide to New York City, 2008
Fleur de Sel
Gotham Bar & Grill
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Sushi of Gari
Gordon Ramsay at The London