The ratings in the 2012 New York City Michelin Guide were announced on Tuesday afternoon, and with a couple of exceptions, its highest-rated three-star top picks line up pretty squarely with The New York Times four-star choices, meaning there's little daylight between the city's top arbiters of taste.
The guide added two restaurants to its top echelon this year, most notably Eleven Madison Park, The Times four-star pick that has historically experienced hard luck with Michelin. It went three years with no star, and then couldn't get out of the single-star category for two years until it finally skipped a grade and landed in the three-star group this year, possibly on the strength of a well-received late 2010 renovation. The guide dropped no restaurants from its top tier, but the other one it added has also caused something of a stir: Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare is a tiny dining space attached to a Brooklyn specialty food market. Customers bring their own wine and sit at a counter, "perhaps putting to rest the notion that a Michelin three-star restaurant had to deliver luxury in addition to fine food and wine," notes The Times' Florence Fabricant, pointing out that the guide defines three-star choices as "choicest restaurants, where the whole dining experience is superb." The Times, for its part, gave Brooklyn Fare three stars this year. The only Times four-star restaurant that didn't make Michelin's three-star list is Del Posto, which has languished in the one-star category for years and continues to do so.