Photo Credit: Nicole Franzen
42 E. 20th St.New York, NY 10003
Since the early days of this site, we’ve professed our love for Gramercy Tavern. If someone were to ask us to put together a list (people love lists) of once-in-a-lifetime meals that we’d like to eat many, many times in our lifetimes, the tasting menu at this legendary restaurant would be near the top. There aren’t many better Fine Dining experiences in this city – or even the world – especially when it comes to service and atmosphere.
But I didn’t just spend a day updating our original review from 2010 to tell you something you already know. The Infatuation saying that Gramercy Tavern is good probably isn’t going to be the breaking news for the day on the new 24 hour food news channel from Rupert Murdoch and Paula Deen (you laugh, but it could happen). I’m here instead to tell you that you aren’t eating at the Gramercy Tavern bar enough.
For those of you who are not already aware/frequenting it weekly, Gramercy Tavern not only has a great bar, but the bar is essentially a whole different restaurant. A beautiful, more casual restaurant with an a la carte menu and insanely good food. As a matter of fact, we haven’t had a meal in the main dining room here since sometime in 2012, but we’ve hit the bar a dozen times since then. You’ll find the same level of service, the same quality of food, and a much more relaxed atmosphere than what goes on in the big boy room.
Now that I think about it, since I’ve done the once-in-a-lifetime meal at Gramercy Tavern twice already, I might not need to do it again. But I’ll come for bowl of pasta and a beer until the day I die.
Chilled Corn Soup
A regular on both the tasting and the bar menu, and for good reason. This soup is amazing.
Fire Roasted Carrots, Sunflower Seeds, Pickled Ramps and Buckwheat
God damn, are these good carrots. Cooked on the big open flame that you’ll see from your seat in the bar area, these are served with sunflower seeds and some other delicious things, depending on the season. Get some.
I love the pasta at Gramercy Tavern, regardless of what room they serve them in. You will too.
If this sausage with rye spaetzle and sauerkraut is on the menu, you want it. It’s hearty, but not so big it will take you down. Doable for lunch even.
This char comes with a broth and all kinds of green stuff like dill and kale. Probably our favorite fish item.
Served Mediterranean style, with fennel and olives. Salty and citrusy in all the right ways.
Roasted Lamb & Braised Shoulder
There’s always a good balance of fish to meat on the Gramercy Tavern tasting menu, and everything they do with lamb will blow your mind. Choose wisely, but probably choose this.