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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Gramercy Tavern==again, not well marked

OK, what is it with these places Yelp likes so much that seem to be hiding from the world?

When I was closer to the window  I had one man eating inside peering into the lens with immense annoyance. It was as though I had invaded a private club or something I felt.

Well, get ready for the raves etc.

Gramercy Tavern

4.5 star rating
1100 reviews Rating Details
42 E 20th St
(between Broadway & S Park Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: Flatiron
(212) 477-0777
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Nearest Transit Station:
23 St (4, 6, 6X)
23 St (N, R)
14 St - Union Sq (N, Q, R)
Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 12 pm - 11 pm
Tue 9 am - 10:30 am
Fri-Sat 12 pm - 12 am
Attire:
Dressy
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Parking:
Street
Price Range:
$$$$
Good for Groups:
Yes
Good for Kids:
No
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Delivery:
No
Take-out:
No
Waiter Service:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Good For:
Dinner
Alcohol:
Full Bar
Noise Level:
Average
Ambience:
Classy, Upscale
Has TV:
No
Caters:
No
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

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  • Review from

    • 29 friends
    • 14 reviews
    7/22/2013
    If you're looking for a great restaurant with superb service and ambiance, then look no further!

    My boyfriend and I came here on our anniversary date and upon checking in, we were greeted graciously and were seated in the dining area. The tavern area is great for those who want a more casual environment. It was a little noisier than the dining area but nonetheless the restaurant interior was beautiful from the tavern to the dining room. Our server, Anna, was really funny and she even offered us complimentary bubbly as a toast to our anniversary!

    The menu is very simple and does not contain a lot of entrees as everything is prefixed. This is personally a good thing to me because you know everything on the menu tastes great and it doesn't need a lot of options to mask the other plates. As an appetizer I chose the chilled corn soup. I really wanted the smoked trout but since my entree was going to be the artic char, I didn't want to overdo it with the seafood. My boyfriend however, chose the smoked trout as well as the lamb as his entree. When our meals came we drooled over how complex the flavors were. My chilled corn soup had this bubble that had traces of corn juice of some sort that explodes in your mouth when you bite into it!! Very delightful. My boyfriend was told that he got the second to last smoked trout of the night and the reason being is because the smoked trout was just absolutely mind blowing! It practically melted in your mouth!!

    The entrees were equally good. My artic char was cooked to perfection. I am a stickler when it comes to overcooked fish. The artic char was so tender and moist. I would definitely recommend this dish to anyone who loves fish! I took a bite out of my boyfriend's lamb entree and it was cooked perfectly to medium, just as he has asked for.

    For dessert we opted for the cherry lime sorbet and the chocolate semifreddo. My boyfriend who's not usually a dessert person had to agree it was worth indulging for. As we were eating our desserts, a second plate of complimentary raspberry rhubarb came with writings that said, "Happy Anniversary!" It was the most adorable thing and I am so glad we came to Gramery Tavern because our server really made sure we had a memorable night. Towards the end, just as you think it couldn't get any better, we were offered a tray of mini delectable cookies and a morning breakfast muffin to take home! Everything was done right here! You just can't compete with the service!!!
  • Review from

    7/7/2013 1 check-in here
    I sat at the bar in the tavern area and it was a fantastic meal. I waited probably about 45 minutes for a seat at the bar, party of 1 as a friend had cancelled on me. Oh well, I sipped on a nice Long Island white wine while waiting for a seat and chatting with people around me. The bar area is really quite busy, but the area is so cute. There are fresh flowers all around.

    I was starving and so I had a number of dishes and like a true member of the clean plate club, I finished all of them. I started with some oysters and the lamb ragu. I preferred the iced oysters to the roasted ones but it was all good. The lamb ragu in my opinion would be a bit small for a main. I then had the green garlic chowder which was 5 stars. Absolutely delicious. Nice pieces of fish, shrimp, mussels in a slightly thick herbal garlic broth. Just amazing. I could eat it everyday. I finished my meal with the strawberry pie, which again I could eat everyday.

    Service was fine, some of the dishes were a bit pricey for the portion. The drink menu was interesting unless you're familiar with your Brooklyn beers and LI wines. But it's always nice to try something new.

    Will definitely return.
  • Review from

    • 9 friends
    • 143 reviews
    7/2/2013 1 check-in here
    Great meal, no doubt.  But I'd been told it was "as good as it gets," and frankly, it disappointed.

    You know the standard "this food is really great, but there's nothing special about it" meal you get at nice restaurants?  That's a good description of the food at Gramercy Tavern, though Gramercy's food may have been slightly better.

    Nothing much to say about the service or ambiance.
  • Review from

    7/28/2013
    I found Gramercy Tavern a bit underwhelming and overrated. People seem to love it but I found it not to be my style.  I think I would give I 3.5 stars.

    I ordered the warm lobster salad, which was quite good, as my appetizer.  I ordered the Sea Bass as my main course and chocolate bread pudding for dessert.  While everything tasted good, I didn't find anything memorable.  I probably will go back eventually, but it didn't draw me in.
  • Review from

    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    7/24/2013
    One of the better dining experiences I've had -- period.  Great service, incredible food -- we had the 7 course tasting menu.  But the DESSERTS.  Oh hot diggety damn -- THE DESSERTS!  In the main dining room, the desserts are Great -- but in the Tavern side, they are a) more extensive, and b) EVEN BETTER.  Ask for the dessert menu from that side -- the Strawberry Pie, and the cheesecake with that smoky caramel glaze!!!!  It's enough to make a grown man shed a tear...  ENJOY.
  • Review from

    7/27/2013 1 photo
    I had the best experience at this restaurant. The food was excellent, and the staff was efficient and friendly. I was here for a wedding celebration and was blown away by the food and the service. I shall return.
    • Boris and Katherine Mango's Wedding Cake.
  • Review from

    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    7/25/2013 Seated via OpenTable
    Lovely food and atmosphere. The service was great too! And there's free mini macarons for dessert! :D
  • Review from

    • 1 friend
    • 9 reviews
    7/25/2013 1 check-in here
    Ate at the Tavern for lunch, the menu was fresh and drinks paired with every item. Casual lunch atmosphere, fresh food, no reservation needed for saturday at 12. Slow, local food is the way to go.
  • Review from

    7/22/2013 Seated via OpenTable
    Let me start by saying the overall experience was a 5 star evening. Our waiter was excellent, very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. It is a moderately loud venue, but very comfortable. The food was very good, but for the price paid I cannot give it a 5 star rating The lamb was very good and sea bass also was very good.  Overall, you cannot go wrong. You should be aware there are two sections, a price fixed menu and a non-price fixed menu section depending on our mood and preference.
  • Review from

    Update - 6/27/2013
    For many years now, I've been coming to Gramercy Tavern on or a few days removed from my birthday.  The menu is always different, the food and service is always amazing, and I am always treated like a princess.  And no one ever comments on my gluttony.

    Thank you, Gramercy Tavern, for being the most fantastic restaurant ever.

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    • 8/29/2011
      Gramercy Tavern is my "Cheers".  There is nothing more wonderful than coming in here and eating the… Read more »
  • Review from

    6/28/2013
    At $88 for dinner, Gramercy Tavern ranks amongst the more affordable of the event restaurants in NYC.

    Both the tavern room and the dining room are elegant and beautiful, but maintains a casual touch reflecting its location, which is lacking in comparison to GT's stodgier counterparts uptown.  This balance is reflected again in the service, which is on point to a T, but not overbearing nor judge-y nor catering only to the gray-haired contingent.

    Service is on point, great recommendations and knowledgeable.  Food is stellar and bursting with New American freshness.  Only slight negative would be that its not as creative or fusiony as other places, but GT does what id does with gusto.

    Really exemplifies the Woohoo!  As good as it gets! rating.