DINING DIARY | GABRIEL KREUTHER RETURNS / by Brackett Bilodeau

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Francophiles and foodies alike celebrate the valiant return of Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther, back in action after a two-year hiatus with the long awaited opening of his eponymous restaurant. The brand new crown jewel of the Grace Building pays homage to Kreuther’s Alsatian heritage, serving up northern French fare in both a prix fixe and a la carte format, available respectively in the dining room and lounge. A green onyx and steel-wrapped bar poses as an inviting centerpiece upon entry, canopied by a curved platinum ceiling -- an opulent gateway to the equally grand dining room, both the brainchildren of designer Glen Coben. Go for the 10-day cured Brandt beef tenderloin with razor clam vinaigrette and horseradish and sturgeon, followed by the sturgeon and kraut tart with American caviar mousseline and applewood smoke. Make way for round three of the tasting menu, featuring standout fish and meat dishes from lardo poached lobster with squid ink gnochetti, cockle ragoût, baby artichoke, and jamón emulsion to a spice-rubbed Mangalitsa pork collar and cheek with morcilla and roasted fennel. Special occasions call for Chef’s carte blanche, a guided tasting experience for the table curated by Chef himself. Contact your Attaché for reservations.

41 West 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues