For a third year running, just seven restaurants earned the organization's coveted three-star rating — the same seven that got the nod in 2012 and 2013: Daniel, Per Se, Masa, Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges and Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare.
"I wouldn't take that as a sign of lack of creativity," Michael Ellis, director of the Michelin guides, said by telephone Tuesday. "There's some fascinating things that are going on in New York. It's only a matter of time before we have some new three-star candidates."
Michelin guides, which cover 23 countries, are considered among the premier ratings of the restaurant world. Based on the experiences of anonymous inspectors, the guides award ratings of one, two or three stars using criteria including quality of ingredients, mastery of technique, how the chef's personality is expressed in the food, and consistency.
A total of 930 restaurants spanning 61 cuisines were included in the 2014 edition of the New York City guide, which was released Tuesday. Only 67 of them got a star rating.
The city's five two-star restaurants include Matthew Lightner's seasonally focused Atera; Soto, Sotohiro Kosugi's sushi bar; David Chang's tasting menu-driven Momofuku Ko; Marea, Michael White's ode to high-end Italian seafood; and newcomer Jungsik, which features the contemporary Korean cuisine of executive chef Jungsik Yim.
Nine new restaurants earned one-star ratings, including Asko, Babbo, Carbone, Caviar Russe, Ichimura, Le Restaurant, Lincoln, the Musket Room and Telepan. A total of 55 restaurants earned one Michelin star.
New York is one of three American cities that have Michelin guides to their restaurants. The others are Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country. New editions of the guides to those areas will be released later this year.