Michelin Guide New York City 2008 Released

Michelin on Monday released the third edition of the Michelin Guide New York City. The Michelin Guide New York City 2008 contains more than 100 new establishments in this year’s guide. The new edition features 619 establishments in all, a number that includes 565 restaurants — representing 46 types of cuisine — and 54 Manhattan hotels.

The results of the Michelin Guide New York City 2008 will be celebrated during a special panel discussion event at 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 11 at Borders Books & Music, Time Warner Center. Panelists will include Jean-Luc Naret, director of the Michelin Guide; Jay Cheshes, former restaurant critic at Gourmet; and Danyelle Freeman of restaurantgirl.com and restaurant critic at New York Daily News. The panel will be moderated by Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center.

The Michelin Guide New York City 2008 again features the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates Michelin inspectors’ favorites for good value. This year’s Bib Gourmands include 52 restaurants that serve a menu with two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. The restaurants awarded this distinction can be identified by a red pictogram depicting the head of Bibendum(R), the Michelin Man.

The Michelin Guide New York City 2008 also includes 71 restaurants serving a meal (two dishes and a glass of wine or dessert) for $25 or less. In the selection, these establishments are indicated by the coins pictogram.

As a result, nearly 22 percent of the Michelin Guide New York City selection is comprised of highly affordable restaurants. While the Michelin Guide is known around the world for its famous stars, these restaurants account for just five percent of the selection. With more than one million copies sold in approximately 100 countries, the Michelin Guide has always built its success on the diversity of its selection and especially on small establishments offering a high-quality dining experience at an affordable price, of which the best are included in the “Our inspectors’ favorites for good value” category. Moreover, inclusion in the Michelin Guide is, in itself, synonymous with quality, since only the best establishments in each comfort and price category are selected.

The Michelin Guide New York City 2008 includes a total of 42 “starred” restaurants, of which three have received three stars, six two stars and 33 one star. To ensure a consistent selection, the same five criteria are used for awarding stars in all countries: product quality, preparation and flavors, the cuisine’s personality, value for money and consistency.

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