When it opened nearly four years ago, the Baccarat Hotel had a formal ground-floor restaurant, Chevalier. That room closed, but the hotel continued to serve food in its spacious silver-toned lounge, bedecked with opulent crystal chandeliers. Now, Grand Salon, and the adjacent Petit Salon, as the lounge areas are called, have more formal menus. And Gabriel Kreuther, the Alsatian-born chef behind the restaurant bearing his name on West 42nd Street, is running the kitchen. Small bites, like savory tartlets, croquettes, gougères and arancini dominate Mr. Kreuther’s menu, served from noon onward (and including a breakfast section). There are larger servings of pastry-wrapped pâté, pastas, a burger, grilled swordfish, steak au poivre and duck confit. Some of the chef’s signatures, like the tarte flambée, are served here and at his flagship restaurant. He has noted that not only is he now across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, where he was the chef at the Modern for many years, but that he also grew up not far from the Baccarat factory in Alsace. A detail that cannot be missed is the restaurant’s liberal use of Baccarat crystal glassware and serving pieces.
Baccarat Hotel, 28 West 53rd Street, 212-790-8867, baccarathotels.com/dining/grand-salon.
Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
The spacious production area for the 105-year-old New York appetizing establishment has opened in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Near the entrance, behind a wall of glass, visitors can observe the bakery in action. The 18,000-square-foot space has an area for catered events, not yet open, and a retail counter that features Russ & Daughters’ typical smoked fish specialties, cheeses, pickles and prepared foods, like latkes, soups and chopped liver. Baked goods, including bagels, bialys, babka, knishes, rugelach and black-and-white cookies, are also available.
Building 77, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 141 Flushing Avenue (Vanderbilt Avenue), 212-475-4880 ext. 4, russanddaughters.com.
The restaurateur Jason Scott and his chef and partner Robert Marchetti, both from Australia, are opening an Italian restaurant featuring coastal cuisine. Expect lots of seafood. Already opened is Peppi’s Cellar, a spacious underground drinking den reached through the wine cellar.
406 Broome Street (Lafayette Street), no phone, grantivoli.com.
The Australian owners of Banter, in Greenwich Village, are opening another all-day cafe with another partner, this time on the Lower East Side.
65 Rivington Street (Allen Street), no phone, sonnyboynyc.com.