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 The MICHELIN Guide New York City 2009 Gives 3 Stars to
Four Restaurants, 7 Restaurants Receive 2 Stars
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NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2008 - Michelin today released its selection of recommended hotels and restaurants in the MICHELIN guide New York City 2009. The new edition contains more than 80 new establishments and features 617 establishments in all, a number that includes 563 restaurants -- representing 50 types of cuisine -- and 54 Manhattan hotels.

Among the new Michelin stars awarded this year:

-- Masa joins Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin and Per Se as a Michelin three-star selection
-- Adour, Gilt and Momofuku Ko join the ranks of Michelin two-star restaurants
-- Allen & Delancey, Alto, eighty one, Fiamma, Insieme, Kyo Ya and Public join the Michelin one-star selections
 

THREE STARS

  ESTABLISHMENT          BOROUGH        NEIGHBORHOOD

  Jean Georges          Manhattan      Upper West Side
  Le Bernardin          Manhattan      Midtown West
  Masa                  Manhattan      Midtown West
  Per Se                Manhattan      Midtown West



 TWO STARS

  ESTABLISHMENT          BOROUGH             NEIGHBORHOOD

  Adour                 Manhattan      Midtown East & Murray Hill
  Daniel                Manhattan      Upper East Side
  Del Posto             Manhattan      Chelsea
  Gilt                  Manhattan      Midtown East & Murray Hill
  Gordon Ramsay at The London           Manhattan      Midtown West
  Momofuku Ko           Manhattan      East Village
  Picholine             Manhattan      Upper West Side



 ONE STAR

  ESTABLISHMENT          BOROUGH        NEIGHBORHOOD

  Allen & Delancey      Manhattan      Lower East Side
  Alto                  Manhattan      Midtown East & Murray Hill
  Annisa                Manhattan      Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking
  Anthos                Manhattan      Midtown West
  Aureole               Manhattan      Upper East Side
  Blue Hill             Manhattan      Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking
  Cafe Boulud           Manhattan      Upper East Side
  Cru                   Manhattan      Greenwich
  Dressler              Brooklyn       Brooklyn
  eighty one            Manhattan      Upper West Side
  Etats-Unis            Manhattan      Upper East Side
  Fiamma                Manhattan      SoHo & Nolita
  Fleur de Sel          Manhattan      Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square
  Gotham Bar & Grill    Manhattan      Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking
  Gramercy Tavern       Manhattan      Gramercy, Flatiron  & Union Square
  Insieme               Manhattan      Midtown West
  Jewel Bako            Manhattan      East Village
  JoJo                  Manhattan      Upper East Side
  Kyo Ya                Manhattan      East Village
  L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon             Manhattan      Midtown East & Murray Hill
  Modern (The)          Manhattan      Midtown West
  Oceana                Manhattan      Midtown East & Murray Hill
  Perry Street          Manhattan      Greenwich, West Village & Meatpacking
  Peter Luger           Brooklyn       Brooklyn
  Public                Manhattan      SoHo & Nolita
  Saul                  Brooklyn       Brooklyn
  Spotted Pig           Manhattan      Greenwich
  Sushi of Gari         Manhattan      Upper East Side
  Veritas               Manhattan      Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square
  Wallse                Manhattan      West Village
  wd~50                 Manhattan      Lower East Side

The MICHELIN guide New York City 2009 features the Bib Gourmand category, which indicates Michelin inspectors' favorites for good value. This year's Bib Gourmands include 58 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 2009 also includes 74 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 24 percent of the MICHELIN guide New York City selection is comprised of highly affordable restaurants. While the MICHELIN guide is known around the word for its stars, these restaurants only account for just 10 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.

Also new for 2009, consumers will have the option to access the North American MICHELIN guide selections on their mobile phones through a licensing agreement with mobile content provider UBI UBI. The content for all four U.S. MICHELIN guides, which include New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, will be available by subscription beginning in October 2008. For more information, please visit www.ubiubi.mobi .

The MICHELIN guide New York City 2009 includes a total of 42 "starred" restaurants, of which four have received three Michelin stars, seven restaurants with two Michelin stars and 31 with one Michelin star. To ensure a consistent selection, the same five criteria are used for awarding Michelin stars in all countries: product quality, preparation and flavors, the cuisine's personality, value for money and consistency.

One Michelin star means a very good cuisine in its category.
Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour.
Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.
The presentation of each hotel and restaurant in the MICHELIN guide New York City 2009 includes a description of the atmosphere, interior decoration, chef's background, etc. These descriptions are intended solely to provide readers with additional information about the establishment.

Present in North America since late 2005, the MICHELIN guide has four city editions: the MICHELIN guide New York City, the MICHELIN guide San Francisco, Bay Area & the Wine Country, the MICHELIN guide Los Angeles and the MICHELIN guide Las Vegas.
In Europe, the collection currently comprises 21 MICHELIN guides, including English-language versions of the Michelin Guide France and the MICHELIN guide Paris. The MICHELIN guide's Asian editions include the MICHELIN guide Tokyo, and the MICHELIN guide Hong Kong & Macao debuting in December 2008.

Thanks to a rigorous selection process that is applied independently and consistently around the world, the MICHELIN guide has become an international benchmark in gourmet dining. The selection is made by anonymous, professional inspectors who are Michelin employees and is based on the same working methods in all countries.

The first guide in the 2009 collection to be released, the new MICHELIN guide New York City 2009, goes on sale on Tues., Oct. 7 for $16.95. Langenscheidt Publishing Group, premier publisher of map, travel, and language brands, is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Michelin Maps and Guides. For more information, please visit www.langenscheidt.com/michelin.

For more than a century, MICHELIN guides have helped travelers enjoy better mobility by offering qualified restaurant and hotel recommendations throughout Europe. Now representing 22 countries and three continents, the collection of 26 MICHELIN guides includes more than 45,000 addresses. Its team of highly trained inspectors visits establishments anonymously, applying Michelin's international standards for quality across many categories. In North America, the company has introduced MICHELIN guides for New York City and San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Michelin has also announced that it will introduce the MICHELIN guide to Hong Kong and Macao in December. For more information, visit www.michelinguide.com.
 

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Contact:

Michelin
Tate Hoxworth of Michelin North America
+1-864-458-4335
tate.hoxworth@us.michelin.com
 

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Also See: The 2008 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 41 Hotels and 17 Restaurants; Also 125 Hotels and 149 Restaurants Win Four-Star Award / January 2008
The 2007 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 37 Hotels and 16 Restaurants; Also 117 Hotels and 145 Restaurants Win Four-Star Award / November 2006
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