NYC restaurants rack up Michelin stars in record numbers

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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the Big Apple's standing as a top-notch U.S. culinary destination.

In the 10th edition of its New York City restaurant guide, Michelin awarded stars to five more restaurants than in its previous edition. It also recognized the burgeoning food scene in Brooklyn and Queens, two boroughs across the river from Manhattan, where 14 restaurants received stars.

"Manhattan remains the anchor of the dining scene, but there are really exciting things happening all over," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guides.

"There is no longer restriction on where you have your restaurant to be successful. People want good food where they live," Ellis said.

Michelin rates restaurants in 24 countries and its stars are an internationally recognized sign of quality dining. The 2015 New York guide, which goes on sale on Wednesday, reviews 60 diverse types of cuisine that include burgers and Ping-Sai-Ua-Moo, a Laotian sausage.

Michelin's updated guides for Chicago and San Francisco restaurants will be launched on Oct. 22 and Nov. 12.

Michelin gave out three stars, its highest honor for "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey" to six restaurants - Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se in Manhattan, and Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare in Brooklyn.

Daniel, celebrity chef Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant that serves high-end, French-inspired cuisine, lost a star from its three-star rating a year ago.   Continued...

America's preeminent French chef Daniel Boulud poses in his restaurant in Beijing August 15, 2008.  REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files