Sixty-seven New York City restaurants made Michelin's 2014 restaurant guide yesterday, the most since 2005, when the French guide was first published in the city.
Only one that made the list last year climbed the ranks this year. Jungsik, a Korean restaurant in TriBeCa, earned two stars after receiving one last year.
To assess a restaurant, Michelin "inspectors" judge across five criteria: "product quality, preparation and flavors, the chef's personality as revealed through his or her cuisine, value for money and consistency over time and across the entire menu."
According to the news release about the rankings, inspectors "noted that chefs continue to be more creative and more ambitious." To that end, some spots worth checking out are Momofuku Ko (part of the David Chang "molecular gastronomy" universe), chef Matthew Lightner's Atera and Williamsburg's Aska (avant-Scandinavian cuisine).
All seven restaurants with three stars last year -- Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se -- retained their stars this year, a testament to the high quality of dining options in NYC. There are slightly more than 100 three-star restaurants in the world.