While Michelin toured Tokyo, Forbes released its national list of five- and four-star restaurants (known until last year as the Mobil Travel Guide awards). In New York, the five-star restaurants correspond almost exactly with Michelin’s three-star picks (Masa, Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin), though Daniel only gets four stars from Forbes. Le Cirque and La Grenouille get respect despite not being starred by Michelin, and there’s an under-the-radar pick: Upper East Side kaiseki-style restaurant Kai.
Elsewhere, Boston strikes out on the five-star front (Clio, L’Espalier, Meritage, No. 9 Park, and Rialto get four stars); Fountain gets five stars in Philadelphia and Lacroix at the Rittenhouse gets four. Five-star California restaurants include the Addison in San Diego, The Dining Room in San Francisco, the French Laundry, and Studio in Laguna Beach. Alinea and Charlie Trotter’s score highest honors in Chicago.