A Trailblazing Chef Arrives in NYC With This Ambitious New Restaurant

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Poached marrowbone with spring onion and chive flowers.
Poached marrowbone with spring onion and chive flowers. Photo: Melissa Hom

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