June 5th, 2017
New York, USA
1 star Michelin Guide
THE POSTER CHILD OF ALL THAT IS GOOD ABOUT AMERICAN FOOD TODAY
One of America’s most beloved restaurants, Gramercy Tavern has welcomed guests to enjoy its contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service for over two decades. Chef Michael Anthony’s fiercely seasonal menu consists of elegant dishes with a rustic influence that showcase the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors.
As Lucky Peach said it: “The poster child of all that is good about American food today”
IT IS ALL ABOUT PLEASING PEOPLE
The restaurant can be enjoyed through two distinct dining experiences: the Tavern and the Dining Room. The Tavern serves an à la carte menu in a casual, walk-in setting and offers a daily four-course tasting menu at dinner. The Dining Room offers fixed-price and tasting menus with an à la carte option at lunch. If you are coming in for a date, a business meeting, or just a drink, Gramercy Tavern is always ready to please you.
The first time I visited Gramercy Tavern we enjoyed the tasting menu. Since them, I have return to the Tavern several times. The hospitality here is incredible, every time I feel like coming back home. This last time, no menu was presented. We were told that Chef wanted to cook for us. We knew we were in for a real treat.
A FULL TABLE MAKES EVERYONE HAPPY
Dishes started to arrived. Our table was targeted with such precision that there was no space left, every surface of it was covered by a beautiful dish. As we quickly learned, this was the way the night was going to be all along and we were extremely happy for it.
A selection of Island Creek oyster arrived in three different presentations: Iced, Fried, and Roasted. All delicious in its own right but I believe most of us gave the Roasted oyster their vote. A selections of greens,vegetables and seafood paired extremely well with the Occhipinti SP68 Bianco, recommended by our sommelier Steven who became essential during our evening.
The food showcased the best products available at at time and the collaboration Chef has with local farmers. The presentation is beautifully rustic and flavors very present. The cooking at Gramercy has always been one of my favorites and it is true to itself and a great reminder that simple things treated with respect can have a great impact.
THE ART OF HOSPITALITY
Part of the group led by Iconic Restauranteur and “The Dean” of Hospitality, Danny Meyer, Gramercy Tavern has a special ingredient not in their food but in their people. Hospitality Included as written on their checks does not only talks about tipping but a way of living and caring about people. The satisfaction of being here is very unique and difficult to find in an industry that grows bigger every day.
And of course, they know that sending all desserts is the right way to end an evening.
Gramercy Tavern is a staple of American Cuisine and Hospitality. Always very happy to go back. Feels like home.
Which other restaurants have you experience with such high level of true and unique hospitality?