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A Trailblazing Chef Arrives in NYC With This Ambitious New Restaurant

Poached marrowbone with spring onion and chive flowers.
Poached marrowbone with spring onion and chive flowers.

Acclaimed chef Günter Seeger’s comeback is complete. Almost a decade after closing his tasting-menu restaurant Seeger in Atlanta, where he cooked for over 30 years and became a force on the national stage, he opened the tasting-menu-only Günter Seeger NY Wednesday night. (The opening had been pushed back from the expected Friday.) A native of Germany, where he earned a Michelin star, Seeger was something of a trailblazer in Atlanta and an early adopter of many hallmarks of New American restaurants. He talked up his commitment to high-quality meats, created daily changing menus, and helped form a farmers’ market before farm-to-table became something people espoused or pretended to.

Located at 641 Hudson Street, the restaurant has a bar cart parked by the entrance and seating for 34 in the dining room, with an additional eight spots at a “friends’ table” in the large open kitchen. Paintings from the chef’s collection decorate the white brick wall, and lavender-tinted light fixtures hang over oak tables. Ticketed reservations can be made through Tock, and dinner starts at $185 with tip included. Take a look at the room and a few of the dishes on the opening menu:

Butter lettuce, pickled green strawberry, and herb sauce.
Butter lettuce, pickled green strawberry, and herb sauce. Photo: Melissa Hom
Oyster with Riesling sauce.
Oyster with Riesling sauce. Photo: Melissa Hom
Baked beets with coffee oil and horseradish foam.
Baked beets with coffee oil and horseradish foam. Photo: Melissa Hom
Seeger says he wants the room to feel like a fancy home.
Seeger says he wants the room to feel like a fancy home. Photo: Melissa Hom
Check out the kitchen while you dine.
Check out the kitchen while you dine. Photo: Melissa Hom

Gunter Seeger NY, 641 Hudson Street, 646-657-0045

First Look at Günter Seeger NY