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02.23.2005

Coming Soon: The Michelin Guide To New York

Michelin Guides, the venerable (or iniquitous depending on your point of view) institution behind the most elite restaurant guide in the world are doing a version for New York City. The guide and its inspectors will be covering about 500 restaurants and will also be bestowing the coveted one, two, or three star ratings to a select few. As if the bookies in town didn't have enough things to wager on. If there's any sense of humor to the world, I hope there's at least a little action to be had over which kitchens come out on top. Care to place a bet?

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ryan wrote:
02.24.05 at 6:15 PM

Another worthy wager would be which restaurants will have their existing rankings (from NYTimes, Zagat, Chowhound ...) validated, and which will be left with ashes in their mouths. I've got $20 that anything given higher than 3 stars by Frank Bruni or Amanda Hesser (and that includes Vogenrichten's Spice Market) will get downgraded by Michelin. I'd like to think that Asimov's, Grimes' and Steingarten's favorites will come out pretty well.

Nathan wrote:
02.25.05 at 3:43 PM

Of course, it's tricky deciding what'll constitute a downgrade. Michelin's stars are reserved for only the upper echelon of restaurants to begin with, so it could be that Michelin's 3 stars do that work that the NYT's top 2 do (that's my intuition, anyway). To make things interesting: I think that 3 stars will go to Ducasse, Masa, Le Bernardin and Per Se. Maybe to Trotter's restaurant, too, when it opens. And for the record: no, I haven't eaten at any of these places.

Amy wrote:
02.25.05 at 6:14 PM

I betcha they'll sell a buncha them guide books!

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