The Michelin New York Guide for 2012 is out and the inspectors have spoken, crowning two more restaurants with their top culinary honor, bumping up the star power for another two, and demoting another.
After languishing for years with one star, Eleven Madison Park steered by chef Daniel Humm has vaulted to the top to join the exclusive three-star club, home of gastronomic stalwarts Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se.
Dishes on Eleven Madison Park’s tasting menus are listed solely by their main ingredient — hamachi, black truffle, radicchio or coconut, for example — and guests are invited to design their meal with the server.
The restaurant landed on the No. 24 spot in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year.
Cesar Ramirez’s Brooklyn Fare also climbed the ranks from two stars last year to the full regalia at three stars. A meal at the Chef’s Table consists of 18-20 small plates and limits seating to 18 guests.
Other notable results include L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which was bumped from one to two stars.
SHO Shaun Hergatt, located in the heart of the financial district, was also awarded a second star for its focus on local, seasonal and exotic ingredients and avant-garde techniques.
Picholine, meanwhile, has fallen out of Michelin New York’s good graces, going from two to a single star.
The tally breaks down to seven three-star restaurants; nine eateries with two stars; 46 restaurants with one star; and a total of 805 restaurants included in this year’s edition representing 58 different cuisines.
The Bib Gourmand section — restaurants where diners can eat for $40 or less — also swelled to 114 eateries this year.
The Michelin New York City Restaurants 2012 guide is out today and retails for $18.99. To see the full list of Michelin-starred restaurants, visit michelintravel.com.