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Gray Kunz, One of the ‘90s Biggest NYC Chefs, Returns With Salt & Char in Saratoga Springs

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It’s his first American restaurant since he left New York seven years ago

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One of New York City’s most influential chefs now has a new steakhouse in the Hudson Valley. Chef Gray Kunz, who earned four stars from the Times for Lepinasse in the ‘90s and oversaw talent like Andrew Carmellini and Floyd Cardoz, opened Salt & Char at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs this month. It’s the first restaurant from the Adelphi Hospitality Group, a partnership between Kunz and Adelphi with plans for more projects in the future. Though the chef received much critical acclaim for his perfectionism and balanced, layered flavors, he hasn’t run an American restaurant since he left the city seven years ago.

Kunz’s new steakhouse, run by executive chef Braden Reardon, offers a menu of American Waygu, Black Angus, and grass-fed steaks, served with a roasted garlic beurre noisette. Other dishes include a steak tartare, chilled watermelon gazpacho, Asian baby back ribs, and braised beef short rib for two. Ingredients will be as local as possible, and a brunch menu will launch soon. Check out the full opening dinner menu below.

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