Work on chef Gabriel Kreuther's Alsatian-American project in the Grace Building is underway. So far, there's a long bar mocked up in plywood (with "Gabriel" scrawled across the edge, lest anyone forget who's in charge around here), and a whole lotta open space strewn with construction materials. The restaurant, which also supposed to have some sort of "retail component" (whether that means takeout or pantry items is unclear), is taking up a total of 15,000-square-feet on the first and second floors. Who knows what designer Glen Coben will do with the space, but its safe to say it won't be as wild as what he did with Empellon al Pastor.
Kreuther, who helmed the kitchen at The Modern for 10 years, bringing in three stars from Pete Wells, has working on this project for almost a year, mostly out of the spotlight. The restaurant is still nameless, but construction workers say that the team is shooting to open in late February or March. The Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, Bryant Park