MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Distinctively housed at the base of the Grace building, this dining room is modern, beautiful and elegant, with neutral grays and plush leather banquettes; it is also spacious and perfect for celebrating special occasions. Crockery and cutlery are notable—the salt cellar even resembles a gilt apple. Service oscillates between professional and relaxed, but it is always efficient—even your bag will have its own rack. Dishes reflect global sensibilities with a strong creative edge. Nowhere is that more clear than in the precisely cut langoustine tartare, topped with a crispy tuile and wonderfully enriched with cauliflower cream. Foie gras arrives in myriad guises, perhaps as a seared lobe as rich as custard, surrounded by roasted quince, chestnuts and vanilla gastrique. Old-school luxuries extend right through to the cheese trolley. A cocktail list dedicated to the history of Bryant Park, which is located across the street, lends a sense of identity to this already impressive room. As an homage to the eponymous chef’s Alsatian heritage, the wine selection prominently features rieslings, pinot blancs and gewürztraminers. Stop by the lounge for inventive sips and simpler bites.