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42 E. 20th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Park Ave.
Best atmosphere in NYC
By brutus on 12/9/2002
I prefer the front to the back, it's just a shame that you can't make a reservation. Once you do get in though, the food is great. My fav is the filet mignon with shallot relish on a bed of mashed potatos. The service is impecable and the atmosphere very relaxing.
not the best meal i ever had
By smendels on 2/1/2003
We were pretty disappointed. The menu lacked imagination & wasnt as special as we had hoped. Cod was featured on the menu! A very cheap fish for such an expensive restaurant. Service was the highlight but the food was just ok. Dessert was terrific. Overall, not worth the expense. Decor was special & romantic, but we expected more for the kitchen.
By richard on 2/3/2003
This is a remarkable culinary experience.Gramercy Tavern excels in every category relative to fine dining.The food and service are impeccable.Our wonderfull server even removed the wine lable from this wonderful bottle of wine and presented it to us in a see through envelope.What a grandslam !
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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