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Gramercy Tavern

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Gramercy TavernGramercy Tavern

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
99
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.51%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]

42 E 20th St
New York, New York, 10003-1300
United States
phone: (212) 477-0777

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Reviews by Sixpoint:
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Sixpoint

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

Undoubtedly, if you follow the food and restaurant scene in New York City, you have heard of this place. It consistently ranks as one of the top restaurants in the country.

Atmosphere? Stunning. Impeccably clean. Perfect unspoken symetry in the alignment of tables. Beautiful oak bar. Beautiful tin ceilings. Servers with perfect posture. Every little detail is on point.

Service? Exceptional. A team of servers and rounds of courses will make this an enjoyable experience. Suprise complimentary entrees make their way to your table as an enticing prelude to the main courses.

Selection? Pretty good. A definite emphasis on local and Belgian beers, and not a bad tap line in sight. Furthermore, like their food menu, the tap lines are constantly rotating, which makes it nice for their repeat customers as well.

The food? As we say in Brooklyn, fuggedaboutit. Even the sauteed vegetables I had were OUTSTANDING. Incredible meal. You have to taste it for yourself.

Value? A bit pricey? This is New York. You get what you pay for. Well, most of the time...

07-06-2005 14:25:10 | More by Sixpoint
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Roze

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-13-2014 22:29:14 | More by Roze
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Halfbrother83

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Bwagner1122

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

05-26-2014 21:01:23 | More by Bwagner1122
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richj1970

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

05-19-2014 00:24:01 | More by richj1970
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tainohawk

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-05-2014 08:31:47 | More by tainohawk
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

I finally visited Gramercy Tavern, after ten years living in Manhattan! Took a dear friend of mine there for her birthday. The place is warm, elegant, cozy and rustic-chic without being fussy. Just about the perfect atmosphere for my liking. You don't need a jacket or tie, and you won't have 400 waiters hovering around you like at, say, Per Se. Classy and casual, gotta love it.

They have the tavern area upfront, with the bar and a bunch of tables and no reservations, and then the formal dining room in the back past a wall. We had lunch in the dining room and enjoyed it enormously. The food is fairly simple but perfectly cooked, and not expensive. Chef Michael Anthony has a great way with grains like farro, quinoa and lentils. The fish is also expertly cooked, with stock and water instead of butter for a lighter, "purer" feel.

The beer list is not as extensive as I expected but still lovely. Cool vintages, such as Night Stalker 2010, Double Bastard 2011 and a mighty Old Crustacean 2003 to die for- a seriously delicious barleywine in the English tradition of J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale that is drinking outrageously now, eleven years later. Non-vintage bottled brews include Hanssens, Dupont, Schlenkerla, Professor Fritz and other European brews that pair well with food.

On draft they have eight beers, from Allagash White to Avery Hog Heaven and Evil Twin Lil' B with Stone Sublimely, Crooked Stave and Firestone Pilsner in between. Nothing earth-shattering here, but good enough.

Service is impeccable, food is just about perfect and the place is just around lovely. A good value too, at least for lunch, with appetizers at $12-$16 and entrees at around $25.

Can't wait to go back!!

03-30-2014 00:04:39 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$

Atmosphere-
The first thing I saw when walking in was random-width, wide plank, face nailed wood flooring. The bar and dining area built on this platform was warm and walked the line between comfortable and high-society. We got there around 4:30pm, and quickly found a spot at the bar, but within an hour, the place was buzzing with activity, and bar seats were a commodity. Other patrons were shockingly friendly (for New York). Overall, a great atmosphere. I recommend dressing "smart".

Quality-
Everything about this place screams quality. Everything is clean. Time was taken by their beer buyer to put together a quality list. Wine and spirits offered behind the bar were middle to high-end. Even the free almonds they give you at the bar were just fantastic.

Service-
Service was reasonably prompt; even when the place got real busy. The servers never made us feel rushed, which was good. Didn't given them super high marks in this category because it still took a few minutes to get the bartender's attention, but once we had it, the service was great.

Selection-
There is a small selection of draught beer. I want to say there were 6 taps or so. All were craft, all were solid beers, many of which were local. Nothing too extreme on tap the day I was there. It wasn't until the end of my visit that I looked at their bottle list and saw the wonderful collection of vintage beers. They did a great job of stocking brews that improve with age, and some of their brews were 5+ years old. While the beer selection by COUNT wasn't too big, they have more than made-up for a smaller selection with superb QUALITY.

Food-
I ordered a smoked octopus and potato stew, just because it sounded strange... and it was AMAZING.

Value-
While the prices were a bit high, when you consider that you are in NYC (where prices are generally high), you really get a decent value for your money. It's hard not to rack-up a big bill here, but you can do that just about anywhere in NYC with lesser quality goods.

Note to self-
Get back to this place next time you're in NYC!

12-16-2013 00:05:00 | More by jgasparine
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Gramercy Tavern in New York, NY
99 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.