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Gramercy Tavern

42 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Park Ave.
212-477-0777

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8
Food: 8
Service: 9
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

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71% would go back.

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Impeccable service

By hoopster on 12/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went there for our 35th anniversary dinner and it was a wonderful experience. They seated us at a great corner table location the instant we arrived and welcomed us with a complimentary champagne. The service by our waiter, Alan, was very attentive and discrete. Most of the food was terrific. For a pricey restaurant, the decor is relaxing and not stuffy. Desserts arrived with a beautiful Happy 35th anniversary message. Returning for New Year's Eve dinner.

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130 out of 272 people found this review helpful.

I second the "was this a joke?" comment...

By UndineSMCM on 10/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Um...the Emperor has no clothes people!

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139 out of 274 people found this review helpful.

Appalling Service

By Emily280 on 10/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

A special family occasion was marred by terrible service. Our waitress was surly and rude. Queries about the menu were curtly responded to. While the decor is elegant and the food delicious, we felt most unwelcome and would never return.

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143 out of 281 people found this review helpful.

Would not change a thing

By sthrngrlnyc on 9/18/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Gramercy Tavern is close to our neighborhood and it's hard to resist. Everything about the place is inviting - beautiful space, laidback but elegant tavern, upscale dining room (have only eaten back there once, but WOW), intelligent and engaging servers, wonderful drinks and wine list. The menu changes with the season, and I've not had a bad dish yet. The pastry chef is equally amazing - if it's still on the menu when you go, you have to try the chocolate mousse with salted caramel and brioche croutons. Holy cow.

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152 out of 290 people found this review helpful.

Was this a joke?

By lilopie on 3/21/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I was so thrilled to take my out of town guests for an unforgettable dining experience - sadly, I got my wish. I don't think any of us will soon forget this evening - from the bland, average food, unsurprising entries, an enormous bill and upset stomachs at home, it was an unbelievable disappointment. There were brussel sprouts in nearly every course on the spring tasting menu, and other than one kiwi dessert, the menu lacked creativity and unique flavor of any sort. The service was excellent, but could not make up for the food...

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184 out of 354 people found this review helpful.

WOW

By lturn on 10/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Words can not explain how amazing I thought this restaurant was. And a great and sincere thanks needs to be paid to www.eateryexpert.com for recommending that I go here. I went for dinner with friend and needless to say I'm going again. I ate in the tavern and next time would like to try the dining room.

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200 out of 406 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful Food and Atmosphere

By jadidvm on 1/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We had dinner on a Sunday evening just after the first of the year. We arrived early for dinner so had drinks in the bar first. The hot chocolate martini was delightful and like no other. We had the 3 course dinner but actually had 6 courses with all the wonderful little extras and tastey bites from the chef. The roast pork was better than any I've ever eaten in a restaurant. The chocolate peanut butter dessert was devine. The chocolate bread pudding was also good but nothing special like the other dessert. The muffins that were sent with us at the end of the meal made for pleasant memories the next day at breakfast. Thank you!

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206 out of 418 people found this review helpful.

perfection

By MrsBarber on 12/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My husband and I are from London and went to get married in NYC in August. We went to the Gramercy Tavern for the celebration after the wedding and it finished the day perfectly. I couldn't have asked for better service or better food. I tell everyone i meet who's going to New York to eat here! I'm allergic to dairy,but every dish i had they made sure, and specifically told me, was dairy free, and told me which of the tasting menu dishes were too. We were treated so well. The waiters congratulated us, gave us champagne, we were treated to taster dishes between our courses, and were seated at a fantastic quiet table in the corner (there were only 3 of us) I don't eat in places like this that often, and I'm quite young so was worried that the atmosphere might be uncomfortable, and staff might be a little snotty. I couldn't have been more wrong. The staff were really professional and courteous, and the atmosphere warm and inviting. They made it a really special and memorable evening, and hopefully we will be back next year to celebrate our anniversary!

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How the might have fallen: Tom Collichio come back to fix your baby

By SilverFoxNYC on 11/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I brought my GF here last night (Thursday night) for her 30th b-day, banking on the fact that this would be one of her greatest dining experiences ever...as it had been mine on many occasions since the year it had opened. While the service and decor are still top-notch, the food I am sad to say, was nothing more than plain old average. Average ingredients, average seasoning, average preparation and average presentation. How the mighty have fallen. I still get excited thinking about the perfectly seared foie gras with a wild berry glaze, the crispy and perfectly seasoned sweetbreads and mouth watering red wine braised beef cheeks that me and my family used to joyfully battle over. It's strange to say, but I am deeply saddened by my experience last night. Gramercy Tavern is a fundamental component of my culinary history in NYC and it is gone. Even the impeccable service and inspiring decor will not bring me back. Adieu Gramercy Tavern, I shall miss you and hold you in fondest of memories.

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291 out of 480 people found this review helpful.

Up to expectations...

By Singaporefoodie on 10/11/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went there for a birthday dinner, the service is legendary, and well orchestrated. The Autumn tasting menu was great, my favorite was the duck confit dish, although i think the duck confit at Union Sq Cafe taste a little better - maybe cos its just a tasting portion. The pre-dessert icecream was amazing. I thought one of the chocolates tasted very familiar...until a friend pointed out its peanut butter - like Reese's! Ok guess i didn't expect that at Gramercy Tavern!.

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