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Posted by Anonymous on 01/10/2006
As a Londoner forced to put up with endless jibes about British cuisine (which, for the record, has improved immeasurably over the last decade or so) from American friends, I expected this destination restaurant in the US gastronomic capital to truly blow me away. Sadly, it did nothing of the sort. The food is undoubtedly good, but not spectacular (or particularly innovative) by any stretch of the imagination. Furthermore, the staff, whilst faultlessly charming, knew almost nothing about the food they were serving. When our waiter announced that the fish course from the tasting menu was "turbo" and described a certain Welsh (note: not Italian) cheese as "chairphilly", I'm afraid that I had to stifle a laugh. All that said, GT still represents outstanding value for money - the same meal could easily have cost twice as much in London - and the surroundings and atmosphere were enough to ensure that we had a very enjoyable experience despite the imperfections.
Posted by Cliffy Klaven on 12/16/2005
Best Bar service in NYC. Can?t get a reservation or don?t want to pay for the big ticket multi-course meal in the restaurant? Try the front tavern, and if possible eat at the bar Two of the bartenders are, without a doubt some of the best in the city, (along with the Friday nite bartender at USC ? looks a bit like Paul Giamatti). Oh yeah, the food is pretty good too! in fact it's great AND excellent value. The striped bass over lentils is full of flavor, with savoy, cloves and some other wonderful fall spices layered within the sauce. I could eat the open-face lamb sandwich with roasted eggplant every day ?YUM! And the ?Bacon? dish ? slow roasted pork belly over spaetzle ? I thought I died and went to hog heaven. Here?s the real deal: nothing in the front tavern is over $18 bones (well ? the filet is $23 but really ? why would u order that). WHY would you eat any where else? Seriously - don't save it up for a fancy occasion, take yourself to the tavern, sit at the bar (preferably on the left side and ask for recommendations. They have never steered my wrong. The grilled octopus with fennel is light, fresh and scratches the ?need for flamed grilled? food in the winter, the Portobello tart with goat cheese is DEE-licious ? salty, sweet and loaded with flavor, and the chicken liver crostini ? bursts with flavor (I don?t EVEN like liver! ? and this dish is awesome). For dessert ? the pot de chocolate cannot be beat ? no way no how, especially when Sarah recommends the right dessert wine! GO NOW!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/19/2005
I went to Gramercy for lunch to celebrate an anniversary. The waitress noticed the card I had placed on my boyfriends place said Happy Anniversary and without even being asked, said Happy Anniversary and sent over a champagne toast on the house! I had the celery soup, which was great, and the fresh salad, also great. My boyfriend had the lamb, he really enjoyed it (falling off the bone tender!). The desserts were a REAL treat - I had the marscapone cannoli, AMAZING, and (again without even being asked!) the staff piped "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on the rim of both my and my boyfriend's dessert plates. I am so glad we decided to spend our special day at GT, they really went above and beyond :)
Posted by hellokitty893112 on 08/01/2005
I went here today (8/1) for lunch and had their tasting menu. I asked for a substitution for their scallops since I am allergic to shellfish and they accomodated my request for another dish from the 1st course. So I chose the sweetbreads. The foie was very good; it's like butter. The sweetbreads blew my mind. It's excellent and succulent, that I wanted more! The turbot was okay, I had better fish in Le Bernardin. The rack of lamb was excellent as well. The dessert amuse is luscious and silky. It was a mango tapioca pudding with a mango sorbet. My god, they should've had that just for dessert instead! The dessert tasting was a choice between a cannoli and something else or a chocolate tasting, which I chose. It consisted of chocolate mousse napoleon with a chocolate sorbet and a chocolate caramel tart with chocolate ice cream. The petit fours were okay to say the least. I had better ones in Bouley. Service is good, not as attentive like Le Bernardin. It's a casual feel to the place, not stuffy or haughty. The bus boy needs to learn patience and he doesn't have to be so hasty in refilling my water. Overall, I have to say it's worth my $58 (including tax) for this tasting menu.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/13/2005
The service here is solid. You have to understand that a bulk of your price is going towards the excellent service you will receive in this restaurant. The food was also very well done. I had the scallops to start, while a couple of people with me started with the fois gras. The scallops were of a good size and extremely tasty. The fois gras was said to be too rich, but otherwise done very well. I had salmon as the main course, the sauce was very good, quite rich. The best part of the meal probably was the dessert. The peach tatin - peach tart with black pepper ice cream. This was unbelieveably good. An odd combination, but after tasting it I was convinced. This place is very expensive, and you have to be willing to pay the large sum of money to really enjoy it. If you are wondering whether it will be worth the $150 per person then you shouldn't come, because you will be preoccupied with how much you are paying. If instead you know you want to be at a great restaurant and know in advance you are willing to pay for it and can put the cost out of your head, you will have a great night.
Posted by alina on 07/07/2005
After spending $250 for two people (including tip and one cheap bottle of wine), I should've been satisfied, to say the least. Instead, I am left with no delicious memories from yesterday's dinner - probably because it wasn't all that delicious. Definitely not delicious enough for the value. The food was good, but not even close to great (I agree with the previous review), and after all the hype I've heard and read about this restaurant, it leaves me wondering... The best and only memorable part of the meal was the complementary muffin for the next days' breakfast. Not recommended.
Posted by Gooladagoola on 06/27/2005
Classic Danny Meyer formula--excellent service, attractive room and solid food. But for some reason, the combination is getting a little old. For these prices and with the expectations which one has for a No. 1 rating, candidly, this place falls short. Sure, the service is great but the food should be much more exciting than it is. While everything we had was well prepared, nothing had the special preparation that makes you want to rush back and have it again. Nothing was so memorable that a day later you'll even remember what you had and crave a return visit. And that's the problem. It's good in a sort of predictable way, sort of formulaic (fish on top of delicate sauce and fresh asparagus; nice but ho-hum and been there, done that). Compare a much more exciting place like, for example, 66 where the food is more creative and memorable. I wouldn't steer clear of this place but don't set your sights too high.