Famed D.C.-based chef Michel Richard has returned to New York after 40 years, and this is one serious comeback. He's overseeing three concepts inside the New York Palace hotel: the Bistro (110 seats), the Gallery (a 50-seat fine-dining area), and the Pomme Palais bakery. Jeffrey Beers designed the space, which includes extravagant elements like an art installation that will reveal portraits of Richard and Henry Villard, a glass wine cube in the center of the dining room, and photographs of classic movie stars in gold-leaf frames. (Could this be the most expensive restaurant buildout ever?) French-American dishes like mushroom risotto, a lobster burger, and roasted chicken will be served in the "casual bistro-style setting." Check out the space, the menus, and a few of the dishes, straight ahead.
Villard Michel Richard, the New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Ave., 212-891-8100