Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Dining: Gabriel Kreuther

Nothing is left to chance at Gabriel Kreuther’s elegant, modern eatery in Midtown Manhattan. His attention to detail starts with comfortable cream-colored banquettes, tables spaced so there is room to breathe, and places set with sculptural Vera Purtscher flatware. The impressive menu, filled with surprising flavors, fulfills high expectations. Best bet: Let Kreuther orchestrate your multicourse dining experience and sommelier Emilie Perrier select pairings from the 42-page wine list.

  • The menu reflects Kreuther’s culinary journey, from his childhood in Alsace to his tenure at top New York restaurants such as Jean-Georges and the Modern.

  • Signature dishes include foie gras terrine with black-truffle praline, cardamom-roasted Alaskan king crab, and a tableside-torched Crème Brûlée Frappé.

  • No stone is left unpolished: Even the ice in the iced tea is made of iced tea.

Gabriel Kreuther, gknyc.com (four-course menu, $125; chef’s tasting menu, $205)

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