Had a splended experience at GBG on Saturday night. Although our reservation was not until 10 pm, the restaurant was in full swing until well after midnight, and the kitchen and staff showed not the slightest sign of fatigue. While the restaurant lacks some of the extras of a Daniel and others in its class (amuse guelle, chocolate truffles, etc.), for creative American food, GBG is in a groove. Starters were uniformly good: a fresh pasta special with a delicate lobster cream sauce; a halibut (I think) carpaccio; and a full bodied risotto, made with artichokes and sweet shrimp. Our main courses also were impressive. Rack of lamb was a good as it gets in NYC, a duck, made the French way (sliced breast,leg confit and a lovely slab of pan seared foie gras)could have come from Lyon and a beautiful roasted squab completed the main meal. Portions were enormous, but we didn't leave a bite.
Desserts here are almost worth the trip and included a best of breed creme caramel, a sinfully deep chocolate cake and a cherry clafoutis. We also liked the wine list. Many bottles were out of reach, but we found some bargains (a lovely California Sauvignon Blanc from Selene) and robust Chateauneuf du Pape in a half bottle (can't remember the producer). Wine staff was knowledgeable, but I wish they would get over the horrible American practice of opening bottles in the air!