It’s restaurant report card time: The city’s most rigorous three-point grade system is doling out its final marks—and the top notch isn’t a bright blue A. "The Michelin New York 2012 dining guide [hit shelves this week] with its verdicts on which restaurants deserve the guide’s coveted stars, revealing the city’s big winners and losers,” reported Eater.com. "The big news this year is that Eleven Madison Park is finally out of the one star ghetto after years of fan grumbling. They shot from one to three stars this year, finally saving the reputation of the French red guide.” Other eateries garnering three-star sweeps include Cesar Ramirez’s Brooklyn Fare, which debuted at two last year, along with Daniel, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se, and Jean Georges. Those are the seven total restaurants garnering summa cum laude status this year, but unlike the other restaurant grading system there are no orange Cs here—even one star is still an honor denoting "very good cuisine in its category."
Michelin Guide Unleashed via Eater.com