Best Of

Best New Restaurant

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Sure, the handbag stands are a bit precious (at least they’re not pedestals), but Gabriel Kreuther — set within the ground floor of the W.R. Grace building across from Bryant Park — marks a triumphant return for one of our city’s most treasured European chefs, last seen mesmerizing midtown diners at the Modern. His new powerhouse of a restaurant hit the ground running. From deep within an elegant and cavernous space decorated with wood beams and stork motifs, Kreuther oversees the execution of some 40 dishes between the dining room and lounge. Bookended by a procession of amuses, bread courses, and petits fours, the standard $98 four-course dinner feels like actual value for the Benjamin you’ll throw down — especially when paired with pastry chef Marc Aumont’s stunning desserts and beverage suggestions from sommelier Emilie Perrier. We won’t call this a comeback: This is Kreuther, having finally struck out on his own, realizing his dreams. After eating there, you’re likely to have some nice ones of your own. 41 West 42nd Street, Manhattan 10036, 212-257-5826, gknyc.com