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42 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Park Ave.
Go if you must, but stick with the bar
By numlock31 on 5/1/2004
Unfortunatley the food was not as good as some other upper-end restuarants (such as Union Square Cafe). The service, while courteous and prompt, was a little stuffy and self conscious. The bar was excellent as was the decor. The best part of my dinner was a complemntary lima-bean sampler. My wife and I are still trying to figure out what exactly the "lima bean dish" was, b/c after dropping $250 we'd like to know. So, should you go?? I'd recommend Union Square, Brasserie 8 1/2, or even Balthazar over this place. If you've already been to these places and you must go, then go ahead. But i bet you wont find it too memorable and chances are you wont go back.
Quintessential Dining Experience
By battousai on 2/10/2004
The food was truly inspirational and the service was impeccable. It more than lives up to its billing (and prices!) but the combination of the warm cozy decor mixed with the powerhouse prix fixe menu will remain in your mind (and stomach) for days to come.
By Hobbyhorse on 1/26/2004
The best all-around restaurant in Manhattan, hands down.
What a Rip Off
By amysar on 12/22/2003
This was by far one of the worst meals I have ever eaten in NYC. We could not get reservations until 11:00 PM, and were then greeted with a forced pre fixe menu with an overwhelming amount of meat and shellfish. The food was heavily buttered, totally uninspired and poorly cooked. Even the dessert, while visually appealing, was disappointing. This is a perfect example of undeserved hype. Luckily we were paying with a gift certificate so the biggest expense was our time, tastebuds and taxis.
At these prices I want elegance
By huntleysf on 9/25/2003
This is a great and popular place if you like to drop a lot of money on food without the niceties of a gorgeous room, fine china and glasware, refined service--all the things I value most when dinner is over $100 a person. Most of the world disagrees with me, preferring the loud, plain, boisterous, friendly setting here. Okay.
Lovely, delicious, cordial and inviting service
By zeecee on 3/31/2003
I can't think of a way to improve on this restaurant. You enter, you get a smile, you're welcomed, you pass a wood table decorated for the season that takes your breath away. Whether you drop in without a reservation to sit in the Tavern room near the bar (slightly cheaper, still delicious) or you go to the rear for the $68 three-course dinner, you're in for a treat. The help is there to help and serve you lovingly. The food is extraordinary and served beautifully. It has a winning combination of downtown casual ambiance with a special occasion feel. The menu is extensive. You're sure to fall in love with several things. Desserts are spectacular.
By FoodRater on 3/18/2003
When a restaurant is hyped it can be disappointing. Food offerings were limited & were a far cry from extraordinary. The waiter poured sparking water in my flat, basically the flow of the floor was off. The service was sweet, but not knowledgeable. The only enjoyable part was the decor and dessert. Over-rated restaurant.
More than comfort and harvest
By lala_c on 2/21/2003
The menu in the dining room and lounge are a tad different, but the quality and service are both excellent. Delicious seasonal selections, like capon or fresh ham with vegetable ragout. The seafood boulliabase (lounge menu) is also outstanding. Make room for dessert because they, too, are a perfect finish to a meal. It is also nice to pop into the lounge for dessert after a movie since it is so cozy yet rustic at the same time.
By sahw on 2/6/2003
An excellent dining experience. Prix Fixe meal has many selections, all of which are superb. Knowledgeable and caring wait staff walks you through each course with TLC. Take your time and enjoy the evening.
A+ for Gramercy Tavern
By aliceteng on 2/4/2003
Diners will first be drawn in by the elegant decor and warm ambiance. The highly attentive staff will make you feel right at home with warm totties and a tempting wine list. Upon first glance of the prix menu, it seems rather simple, but the seasons are celebrated with their own servings of tender meats, rich sauces and fresh vegetables. I stuck with the acclaimed sirloin and beef cheeks, not to be missed with their tender flavor and brillaint stew. It was a truly wonderful experience with great food, good company and to top if off, a treat to take home compliments of the bakery chef!
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