The beautiful new Baccarat Hotel opened in New York this year near the MOMA, at 30 West 53rd.

I highly recommend you try the bar with its Baccarat crystal chandeliers, decanters and glassware. It is a good place to go for drinks before or after dinner.

Chevalier restaurant on the main floor is a formal and gorgeous dining room. It has been going through growing pains. I heard they already lost their manager Charles Masson of La Grenoille fame.

The restaurant bills itself as a luxe French Brasserie. I don’t see it as Brasserie fare but rather more of a contemporary French restaurant.

The $96, three-course menu offered some choices that didn’t excite me. It was hard to choose something that really appealed to me.

The presentations of the food were lovely, but on the small side. Let’s just say I didn’t walk away full. Some may find the place pretentious but we found the waiters knowledgeable, and very attentive.

The chef previously worked at Cru where he earned a Michelin Star.

If you are looking for a quiet, elegant and civilized evening with excellent service for a special occasion this may be the place for you. But for me the food was good but not outstanding and there are other great choices in New York. You can always go to the bar upstairs for that drink.

Happy dining,

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