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Posted by Caz1221 on 10/22/2007
I had dinner at Gramercy Tavern with my husband and my parents on a Sunday evening. When we walked in, we were greeted warmly by the hostess. We were seated promptly for our reservation, and our waiter came right over. The service was refined yet accessible, and our waiter was incredibly knowledgeable about the entire menu. From the baby eggplant amuse bouche to the petit desserts that finished the meal, everything was fantastic. I had the tuna tartare and beet appetizer, the hanger steak and short ribs entree, and the chocolate bread pudding, all of which were just mouthwatering. The ribs literally melted in my mouth. The smoked lobster appetizer was also spectacular. The sauces on every plate that I tasted were just perfect. I really can't say enough about how delightful our experience was.
Posted by RoxxyGirl on 09/13/2007
I live and work in the neighborhood and have always walked by Gramercy Tavern and thought that it looked a bit stuffy inside. I ended up going there for lunch for a colleagues birthday and I was so pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. I had the halibut which was perfectly sized for lunch. The fish was fresh and very clean, not drenched in any sauce and cooked to perfection. My friend had the hanger steak and she was equally impressed with her choice. Again, the sizing was perfect for a lunch time meal. We had the chocolate coconut tart and the coconut tapioca for dessert. I didn’t love the latter (it was good, interesting flavoring but I wouldn’t order it again) but I LOVED the chocolate tart- it absolutely melted in my mouth. The service was top notch- the servers were extremely attentive and polite and the place was pretty crowded. Overall it was a great experience and I can’t wait to go back for dinner.
Posted by Bess H., NYC on 09/05/2007
For many many years the tavern part of Gramercy Tavern was a neighborhood hangout for my husband and our friends. We could always count on fresh simple consistently delicious meals at very reasonable prices. Alas, the cuisine has changed with the change of head chef and many of the dishes we loved like Tom Colicchio's baby octopus are not made any more. Everything seems to be overly thought out and laced with bacon, pork or some other fatty meat. The fish dishes were lacklustre. The tapioca dessert was/is amazing but an old favorite the rhubarb crisp that I waited for each year was overly sweet and soggy. We've been disappointed three times in a row and haven't been back for several months. Everything changes and there have been some good reviews of the new cuisine but I miss the premise and menu from before.
Posted by eater on 08/15/2007
We were just there last week and cannot understand how this can be such a top rated restaurant. I am not saying it was bad but I have had much better meals at local neighborhood restaurants for one quarter of the price. My wife's dish of pork was fatty and boring. I had the hangar steak with shortribs and I am sorry ,but how does such a high rated place get away with a $76 charge for the cheapest cuts of beef that were prepared with no flair. Braised short rib, come on, throw it in pot for the day! The best feature of the meal was the cheese plate and my advice would be to order 2 or 3 of these with bread and be done. The decor was ok, he staff were very pleasant, friendly and professional but "the best in NYC'? For a $400 meal for 2 this was a big disapointment.
Posted by missegee on 08/11/2007
Possibly the cutest restaurant in the city, and the food is great to boot. If you can, get the chocolate bread pudding, out of this world!
Posted by DoctortedNYC on 07/05/2007
The Gramercy Tavern is pretty much what everyone says it is. Comfortable, cozy, reliable with good service and food. You know what to expect and you get it. However, thats also a bit of problem in that its also a bit boring. No chances are taken here and depending on your outlook this may be a good or bad thing. While an appetizer of warm vegetables with farro was amazingly fresh and light, the tuna and beet tartar was bland and lifeless. A second course of risotto with morels and parsley was creamy and rich. The main of chicken was tender but ordinary but, received a boost from some crunchy fresh vegetables. The delicious chocolate bread pudding stood alone on its own and didn't need its almost tasteless cocoa nib ice cream. On the plus side the food incorporates lots of fresh flavors, but tends to be uneven. It just seems to lack any bold flavors. No gambles are taken here. Its just staid and reserved, likes its surroundings.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2007
I met my father here for lunch during the week. I didn't have more than an hour or so, but I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the service. We were seated immediately in the beautiful dining room, and were promptly visited by the waiter. He gave us the option for tap vs. bottled water instead of just charging us for a bottle and thoroughly explained the menu. I started with the warm vegetable salad, which was interesting because for the most part the vegtables were raw, but sliced paper thin and extremely fresh. The farro and the light sauce accompanying the vegetables was excellent. My father and I both had the flatiron steak for our main course. The steak was tender and flavorful, but I could tell that sea salt was used in the marinade in addition to sprinled over the top- it was very salty. The short rib ravioli that accompanied the steak was amazing- I could have eaten just that. I was hesitant about trying the desserts- I admired Claudia Fleming and have taken a cooking class with her- but when I looked at the menu it seemed as though the new pastry chef, Nancy Olson, is continuing the dessert service that Claudia created at Gramercy Tavern. I had the cocunt tapioca with passion fruit caramel, cilantro syrup and a selection of sorbets. It was excellent! I enjoyed the dessert so much that I tried their recipe for chocolate bread pudding at home the next weekend- also excellent. Overall, I had a nice meal and would go back.