NEW YORK The 2010 Michelin Guide for New York City on Monday gave Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Daniel a three-star rating, designating it as one of the most exceptional restaurants in the city.
Daniel, which earned two stars last year, joins Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se in the 2010 guide's top echelon of three-star restaurants.
"Earning a third star in the Michelin Guide feels like winning a Nobel Prize," Boulud said. "For a chef born, raised and trained in France, Michelin's prestige is undeniable. This recognition is as meaningful to me as it is for the 135 staff [members] working at Daniel. Their talent and dedication are what go into making Daniel what it is."
Boulud also said he was happy that his restaurant, Cafe Boulud, was recognized with one Michelin star.
Michelin gave Corton, a new modern French eatery from Myriad Restaurant Group, a two-star rating, and elevated Alto, Michael White’s Northern Italian restaurant, from one star to two. Those two restaurants replace Alain Ducasse’s Adour and Mario Batali’s Del Posto, which were demoted to one-star establishments this year.
Gilt, Gordon Ramsay at The London, Momofuku Ko and Picholine returned this year to the list of two-star restaurants.
Other one-star designees included Charlie Palmer’s newly reopened Aureole, Dan Barber’s farm-to-table Blue Hill, David Bouley’s Bouley and Union Square Hospitality Group’s Eleven Madison Park.
According to Michelin Guide, a three-star restaurant offers "exceptional cuisine," a two-star restaurant has "excellent cooking," and a one-star restaurant is "very good."