Boulud's NYC eatery achieves top Michelin status

Mon Oct 5, 2009 11:12am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Celebrity French chef Daniel Boulud's name-sake restaurant has achieved three-star status, the highest rating given by Michelin that ranks eateries around the world.

Boulud's Daniel joined Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se as New York's elite restaurants, according to Michelin's 2010 rankings released on Monday.

"The main difference is consistency. His cooking has really been excellent this year," Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guides, said of Daniel's top ranking.

Boulud's more casual Cafe Boulud retained its one Michelin star.

A three-star restaurant offers exceptional cuisine, a two-star establishment has excellent cuisine and a one-star eatery is very good, according to the guide.

Like Daniel, Alto, lauded for its exquisite Italian dishes, gained a star to reach two-star status.

Also making a two-star debut was Corton, known for its modern innovative cuisine from Paul Liebrandt, whom Naret called an "incredible chef."

While some restaurants gained Michelin's coveted stars, a few lost them after Michelin's reviews of them in the past year, according to Naret.   Continued...

<p>French restaurateur Daniel Boulud poses in this file photo. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen</p>