When Chef Gabriel Kreuther left The Modern in 2014, panic struck in the Midtown culinary world. Kreuther was the name behind the restaurant’s gastronomic success and that made The Modern a New York staple. Turns out it was a blessing in disguise: The Modern remained just as exquisite (and even won a 2nd  Michelin star) and Midtowners earned an additional fine-dining go-to with the opening of Gabriel Kreuther’s eponymous restaurant.

Chef Gabriel Kreuther

Chef Kreuther posing

By packing his apron, chef Kreuther brought a lot of The Modern along with him: the replicated two-in-one bar & dining room concept, the signature French-Alsatian/New-American recipes, the elegant modern decor, and even took in its ex Pastry Chef, Marc Aumont. In his namesake restaurant, Gabriel Kreuther reproduces a stellar epicurean experience in an energetic and comfortably luxurious setting. But most of all, just like at his original outpost, Kreuther manages to perfectly combine his classic French training and Alsatian heritage with a “distinctly New York spirit”.

Closed Sundays

Champagne Spaetzle maine lobster • puffed grains 32

Bar menu Champagne Spaetzle, maine lobster, puffed grains – $32

Gabriel Kreuther is located in a vast, beautifully designed space in the Grace Building overlooking Bryant Park. For a more casual experience, Gabriel Kreuther’s bar room offers an accessible à-la-carte menu, with flawlessly executed Alsatian classics (the Liverwurst and Flamukeuch are must orders), along with a full bar and delicious in-house cocktails. The bar room is great for after-work drinks and/or nibbles with colleagues.

No bar room reservations required for parties of 6 or less

Gabriel Kreuther bar 2

Bar area

Classic Tarte Flambée - $18

Classic Tarte Flambée – $18

1. Hen of the Woods Mushrooms Tarte Flambée - $21

Hen of the Woods Mushrooms Tarte Flambée – $21

Gabriel Kreuther Liverwurst, pickled kirbies, whole grain mustard - $19

Liverwurst, pickled kirbies, whole grain mustard – $19

Gabriel Kreuther Signature dish available at bar & dining room: Sturgeon And Sauerkraut Tart, American Caviar Mousseline & Applewood Smoke

Signature dish available at bar & dining room: Sturgeon & Sauerkraut Tart, American Caviar Mousseline, Applewood Smoke – $29

Pretty flying storks <3

Pretty flying storks <3

But the main dining room is where the real magic happens. Wooden beams divide the bar room from the white-tablecloth dining room. Along with the beams representing the timber homes of Eastern France, every decor element is inspired by the chef’s native Alsace, my favorite touch being the chandelier made out of crystal storks. The attention to detail is prominent, from the decor, to the custom plates, the silverware, the lighting, and of course, the food.

Dining room 2 Dining room 5

Two seasonal tasting menus are available at the dining room: a four-course $142 prix fixe (three savory, one dessert) or if you want to go all-in, a fourteen course “Carte Blanche” surprise menu for $215. For a lighter fare (and price tag), the lunch menu offers a two-course prix fixe for $58 ($29 for each additional course). Portions are larger than what you’d expect from a French tasting menu – you will get full. But every bite is sensation from start to finish. The cuisine is closer to classical French, but with Kreuther’s personal Alsatian twist. Every dish is beautifully creative, executed with classic European ingredients and techniques but with a very innovative finish (even more so than at The Modern) and stunning plating.

Gabriel Kreuther Piña Colada Amuse Bouche

How pretty is this Piña Colada Amuse Bouche?

Gabriel Kreuther Tasting menu first course: Langoustine Tartare, Flying Fish Roe, Cauliflower, Macadamia Puree

Tasting menu first course: Langoustine Tartare, Flying Fish Roe, Cauliflower, Macadamia Puree

1. Sturgeon And Sauerkraut Tart, With American Caviar Mousseline And Applewood Smoke

Sturgeon & Sauerkraut Tart “smokey” presentation

Unless you’re going for the Chef’s Carte Blanche, choosing your courses will be a hard task…. For your first visit, focus on Kreuther’s signature dishes (the Sturgeon & Sauerkraut Tart of course, although that dish is also available at the bar), a foie gras appetizer (I usually will never order foie gras as my first choice, but Chef Kreuther does a particularly phenomenal job in execution), and if the Squab & Foie Gras Croustillant (for two) is on the menu, ORDER IT. Decadent drooling guaranteed.

Gabriel Kreuther Foie gras terrine with porcini preserves, duck prosciutto, butternut squash

Foie gras terrine with porcini preserves, duck prosciutto, butternut squash

Gabriel Kreuther Foie Gras Terrine & Black Truffle Praline

Foie Gras Terrine & Black Truffle Praline

Gabriel Kreuther bread A real French baguette

A real French baguette

Gabriel Kreuther Tasting menu second Alaskan King Crab course

Tasting menu second Alaskan King Crab course

Gabriel Kreuther 7X Colorado Wagyu Beef Strip Loin, asparagus, cabrales blue, hazelnut crumble (supplement $25)

7x Colorado Wagyu Beef Strip Loin, asparagus, cabrales blue, hazelnut crumble (supp $25)

Gabriel Kreuther Squab and Foie Gras Croustillant

Outstanding Squab and Foie Gras Croustillant

Chef's table

Chef’s table by open kitchen

The service is impeccable in every way, without it being too stuffy and fawning. Yes, this is a formal dining experience, but the atmosphere still feels somewhat relaxed. For an even more unique service ad dining experience, their chef’s table nestled inside the kitchen is available for private bookings.

Gabriel Kreuther Dessert - "Fantasy" of chocolate Kirsch Amarena

Dessert – “Fantasy” of chocolate Kirsch Amarena

The sommelier does a remarkable job curating a European-leaning wine list, with, unsurprisingly, a special attention to Alsace. The only area of improvement I would deem worth mentioning would be to add on prepared wine-pairing options.

"Fleur du temps" dessert with white chocolate & raspberry

“Fleur du temps” dessert, white chocolate & raspberry

3. Fantasy Chocolate Kirsch Amarena : Guanaja chantilly olive oil chocolate sponge cake kirsch sorbGabriel Kreuther’s faultlessness has earned him a Michelin star (along with many more rewards) within the first year of its opening. Take note: Gabriel Kreuther deserves and will get a second star. Prices have already gone up since its opening and I suspect this will keep going, so book a table sooner rather than later (easy reservations) if you’re planning on celebrating a special occasion with your date or with parents in town, or for your next business meal.

Gabriel Kreuther Mignardises served in Cacao Pod

Goodbye with Mignardises served in Cacao Pod

Lunch served Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm
Dinner served Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-10pm