Gramercy Tavern

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93 Excellent

Danny Meyer and chef Michael Anthony run a restaurant where over-the-top kindness and high-caliber seasonal cooking are the norm.

42 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003

212-477-0777

http://gramercytavern.com

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The lowdown

It could be argued, easily, that Gramercy Tavern is the crown jewel of the Danny Meyer restaurant empire, and it is certainly the best showcase for the restaurateur’s famed approach to over-the-top, make-everyone-feel-comfortable-at-all-costs hospitality. That is probably why locals and out-of-towners alike pack both the casual “tavern” room upfront and the more lavish dining room in the back. Another reason may be the cooking of Michael Anthony, a farm-to-table savant who once won the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Outstanding Chef” award. His style could best be called bucolic fine dining, and the menus are loaded with homemade sausages, seasonal vegetables, local proteins, rustic pastas, soups, and all manner of distinctly American delicacies.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Danny Meyer’s restaurants have famously gone tip-free — Gramercy Tavern is no exception.

Recommended DishesThe hyper-seasonal menu changes constantly, but don’t leave without trying at least one of pastry chef Miro Uskokovic’s lovely desserts.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized