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42 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Park Ave.
Lives up to the reputation!
By missmarisa on 7/31/2008
Perfect 10! Experience, taste, quality and service! This place is special and they do their best to ensure that you have a perfect evening. The service is beyond impeccable. There are so many people there to ensure that your every wish is fulfilled. The food is also amazing! We never felt rushed and also never felt like we were waiting for the next course to be served, they really have the prefect balance. The Kampachi and the Foie Gras Custard were both so Delicious. The Grouper was out of this world, just perfect! For dessert the Chocolate Mousse Swirled With Mint Bavarian was so perfect! I don't think it really matters what you order here, it will all be delicious and you will have a remarkable experience.
Maintains its promise
By fronfin on 5/10/2008
You expect to go to Gramercy Tavern and have a perfect night. Well, they make you to. Serious in the reservation (you will seat at the exact hour you booked, no stupid wait at the bar routine), impecable service (you feel like you are having a personal waiter, one just for you who oversees your needs), not too posh that you might feel unease, and amazing food. The handmade pappardelle could have been served in the best Italian, the warm chocolate pudding is delicious. Go: you won't be disappointed!
Simple, elegant, perfect.
By Brown1998 on 3/16/2008
Gramercy Tavern is simply one of the best restaurants to dine at in Manhattan. From the hostess to the coat-check woman to the wait-staff and even employees who were not associated with our care, everyone was helpful, friendly, and had a smile on their face. There was a sense that they wanted to be there and that they wanted to take care of you; something that is missing in a lot of the other great restaurants in Manhattan. The food was simple, elegant, perfect. The smoked trout appetizer was light, flavorful and the perfect starter to an incredible meal. The entree consisted of short-ribs ravioli which was one of the best dishes I've ever had in my life; the beef flavorful and a perfectly cooked medium-rare, the components of the dishes complemented each other and the raviolis literally melted in my mouth. Given the combination of the warmth of the space itself alongside the friendliness exuded the staff and the elegant, simple yet-flavorful nature of the cooking, this was by far one of my best dining experiences in the city and I cannot wait to return.
By daddo2 on 2/16/2008
If ever there was a perfect restaurant, Tallivent in Paris is it. Since the arrival of Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern has returned to its perch as NY's best restaurant. The service here is as perfect as that at Tallivent. All of the staff, not just those attending to you, are attentive and professional. The food is not as 'fussy' as that in Paris, but delicious and creative in its own way. Wineaux rejoice at the breadth of the list. Decisions are the hard part, so let the staff do the pairings.
By JMG on 1/31/2008
Admittedly there are many restaurants I haven't been to yet, but of the ones I have been to, Gramercy Tavern was by far the best. From the bread choices to the little muffin they give you "for the next morning," every single detail at Gramercy is spot-on. I had the Autumn tasting menu (GT is particularly "homey" in the Fall), and I can only describe it as perfect. Even the vegetarian option I chose to replace the shellfish course with was fabulous. Our dinner took about 4 hours, and I don't think I would recommend it any other way. Another nice feature is the good amount of space in the room, and round tables for parties of four.
Best Martini Olives in Manhattan!
By Tominchelsea on 8/30/2007
Yeah, the food is wonderful here, but the martini olives are the best: you can taste the pimento stuffing as a distinctive addition to the olive itself. Where do they get them? Just yummy!
By martin_chamois on 4/24/2007
With the arrival of Michael Anthony this classic New York restaurant has risen from years of neglect from the absent previous chef. The menu is balanced and the savory dishes complement both the more formal rear dinning rooms, as well as the more informal Tavern Room. Both dining areas have a great atmosphere and food to match. You either will love the backrooms or not depending upon your seating and personal style in dining at a upscale restaurant. Service seems to have improved and the front desk also is performing at the top level. Overall this is a wonderful classic and special place. The prix fix lunch is a tremendous value.
Resting on its Laurels
By socalfoodie on 11/29/2006
So as a visitor from Los Angeles on a business trip I thought that I would indulge in my expense account and take a trip to a very well known often highly touted culinary adventure. While I was impressed with the service and concept of the Gramercy Tavern, I was left unsatisfied with the food. While I was pleasantly suprised by the imagination of the menu and the combinations of flavors such simple things as the heat of the food and the seasoning (extremely salty) was unacceptable. I think that this will be my first and final trip to Gramercy Tavern.
Its something about this restaurant
By Cleo on 9/21/2006
I dont know what it is exactly but I really like this restaurant. It doesnt have the best food or decor but it is in fact a great experience. The staff is experienced and skilled with regards to both wine and the food they serve, and they are plesant, professional and service minded. The food is like some better league restaurants which dont/hasnt reach perfection and continutity; a bit of gambling, one dish can come in and give you a real gastonomique experience and then be followed by something unbalanced and far from an experience... I really would recommend this restaurant to anyone though, its only real problem being that it is far too expensive for what it brings out on its plates!
cut above average
By smgappa on 10/20/2004
the food was great but nothing crazy, service so so, beautiful place though.
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