New York Michelin Results for 2008
Here they are as posted on the Michelin site this AM. Included are the star recipients, as well as the "Bib Gourmand" winners.
Gordon Ramsay at The London
Fleur de Sel
Gotham Bar & Grill
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Sushi of Gari
Baci & Abbracci
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Cho Dang Gol
Daisy May's BBQ
Frankies 457 Spuntino
Garden Court Café
Good Fork (The)
Great N.Y. Noodletown
Lil' Frankie's Pizza
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Sette Enoteca & Cucina
Yang Pyung Seoul
Another example of Michelin not doing their homework:
Anyone who has eaten at Yakitori Totto vs Tory's will tell you that although the ownership and menus are nearly the same, the execution at Totto is consistently superior. The European visiting with this guide in tow will miss the best yakitori NYC has to offer.
Peter Luger and Saul keep theirs. Dressler gets one too.
The bib-gourmand section also includes a really haphazard mix of restaurants good and meh:
Baci and Abracci (wha?)
The Good Fork (whatever)
None of those are terrible, but I don't know that the bib gourmand ones deserve mention above some other notable brooklyn restaurants, eg. Applewood and Grocery and DiFara.
Grocery gets stiffed for the 3rd straight year. The price of attitude.
The Bib Gourmand "under $40" selections were a bit eccentric. Nice to see Sripraphai get a mention. Ditto Frankie's Sputino. The inclusion of Jackson Diner, however, is just plain nuts. And the omission of Spicy and Tasty, to which Bruni correctly awarded 2 stars, is a glaring omission.
re: Bob Martinez
re: Bob Martinez
Bruni 'correctly' awarded 2 stars to Scott Conant for Alto, it has been excluded. I loved Scott’s cooking at L’impero as well as Alto. Maybe the NO* is the reason he left the restaurants?
The Spotted Pig got one! I like it there, but a Michilin rated resto in the same category with Joel Robuchon? No way! The little stools at the Pig's tables make you feel like you are one of the 7 dwarfs dining with Snow White. Gnudies are outstanding though!
Didn't Devi just close and reopen under new ownership? I wonder how that affects things and if they still deserve their star...
Some of the places under the Bib Gourmand are so out of date and looks like they were put in their by old timers who haven't been around NY for a long time. And some places seem like they're in there just because of spoken reputation. This entire guide is tacky and menial. What a waste of paper.
Devi has not re-opened yet. However, since the guide surely went to press while Devi was still open, there would be no way for it to do anything about the closure. However, since the same co-executive chefs, Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur, are the new owners, one presumes the quality of the cuisine will remain worthy of the star the restaurant received.
Btw, the chefs at Veritas (Scott Bryan) and Cafe Boulud (Bertrand Chemel) have just left. Nothing Michelin can do about that kind of situation either. At this point, it remains to be seen if those restaurants will continue to deserve the one-star rating. My guess is that Cafe Boulud will because I've read that Daniel Boulud has a very strong kitchen "bench" and will probably promote from within. (Chemel was promoted after Carmellini left.) The new chef at Veritas is, I believe, Ed Cotton, whom I'm not familiar with. As a fan of Veritas, I'll be very interested to see what he does with the cuisine.
As I said in my previous post, the omission of Eleven Madison Park is the best indication how *totally useless* Michelin ratings are.