At Gabriel Kreuther (41 West 42nd Street; 212-257-5826) the restaurant, Gabriel Kreuther the man finally oversees his very own shiny midtown kingdom after a decades-long career spent serving European-influenced New American cuisine to the discerning masses. In this fine-dining behemoth, which operates with stunning efficiency and grace, the Alsatian chef’s kitchen churns out more than 40 different dishes spread over two separate menus, and many of them are painstakingly intricate.
Kreuther’s finesse is on peacock-like display in the main space, which is decked out in comfortable padded banquettes and stork motifs (including a stork chandelier). With a Mike Tyson–like passion for winged creatures, he gently tends to Virginia quail, matching the game bird’s depth with truffles, maitake mushrooms, and nutty black rice topped with a delicate poached quail egg. It’s one bird that soars even higher than those, depicted mid-flight, that are hanging from the ceiling.
The Village Voice is counting down to our Best of New York City issue in October. We’re combing the city every day, one dish at a time, to guide you to the most delicious food in NYC. These are our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2015, in no particular order, save for the top 10. To read about previous dishes, browse our 100 Favorite Dishes page.