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January 16, 2006
From journal Christmas in New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 1, 2001
The Gramercy Tavern has managed to create a wonderful dining atmsophere. When you first walk in, the bar/tavern area presents a very open space that provides a nice place to either wait for your table or to sit down and try their cheaper tavern menu. The larger main dining area was very spacious and relaxing as well. It reminded me of a cross between a country estate and a spa (fine paintings, chandeliers, with beautiful spacing, comfortable layout, good acoustics, relaxing lighting).
As for the food, I enjoyed every bite. I tried the lunch prix fixe selection which included fig salad for a starter, braised beef ribs for an entree, and sorbet for dessert. Toss in the bread, the chance to try my friend's lobster salad and dessert and I had a perfect meal. Who would have thought that figs could be so good!!
I don't usually care about the backgrounds of the people behind the food, but in restaurant circles, the Gramercy Tavern has an all-star cast including prominent pastry chef Claudia Fleming (dessert is my favorite so the pastry chef gets top billing with me), chef Tom Colicchio and owner Danny Meyer (who has opened several other top restaurants in NYC including the Union Square Cafe and Tabla).
A few tips:
1. Try the tavern menu and seating if you want to try this restaurant and not spend quite as much. The service and food are just as nice and the atmosphere is a little lighter.
2. Lunch is an easy way to get reservations.
3. Try the cheese menu and ask for recommendations from the wine list (both are exceptional but being a novice in both areas, I needed help from the waiter).
4. Save this restaurant for a special occasion if money is an issue because you should try every course and as many items as possible. The food is truly fantastic.
5. Check out Union Square after your meal. It is pretty hopping most nights and always good for people watching.
Definitely one of my top 10 favorites!
From journal My Favorite 'High-End' Restaurants