At the time of writing, Michelin had begun to award its starred guides to restaurants in various cities around the world. Most interesting was the shift in the restaurants featured in the 2016 Michelin Guide to New York, with Brooklyn beginning to catch up to Manhattan in terms of the number of featured restaurants. 76 restaurants in New York (all five boroughs) made the 2016 guide, up from, 73 in 2015.
According to the guide’s international director Michael Ellis, the energy and the constant evolution of the city’s dining scene is what makes it feature so prominently. “It confirms New York’s position as one of the world’s most exciting dining destinations.” The same six restaurants have retained their three-star ratings, including French-led restaurants Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin and Per Se. Growing in prominence in the rest of the list are Asian restaurants, particularly Japanese and Thai, while French continues to be popular.