Gramercy Tavern - 42 East 20th Street
Hospitality is the keyword at Gramercy Tavern. From the moment you walk in, you know you’re no longer in Kansas. You’re greeted warmly, whether you’ve made a reservation in the slightly more formal and more expensive back room, or a walk in hoping to get a place at the bar or table seating in the Tavern. Once inside, even the most jaded restaurant goers will be wowed by the spectacularly beautiful décor. Everything around the restaurant is a work of art, laden with seasonal touches and Martha Stewart-type farmhouse murals. There are even artfully stacked piles of wood along the walls.
This is special occasion dining at 42 East 20th Street and the American cuisine expertly prepared and presented. Michael Anthony, who worked at Daniel and developed the Slow Food style of cooking - collaborates with Dan Barber (of Blue Hill and Stone Barns) to oversee the kitchen. Anthony has spruced up the menu, adding lightly smoked lobster (decked with seasonal springtime ramps) to the menu, crispy poached barnyard chicken, and nicely seasoned soups made with parsnips and strips of bacon or chunks of creamy heirloom cauliflower.
They offer a prix-fix menu for $55 at lunch, $82 at dinner, a seasonal tasting nine courses for $110 and a vegetable tasting as well. Who wouldn’t be delighted to have a meal consisting of smoked trout, roast rack of port or braised lamb shoulder, ending with chocolate bread pudding? If these prices are too steep for your budget, rush to book Gramercy Tavern during Restaurant Week, when this restaurant is one of the best bargains in New York City. Despite the price reduction, you will still feel like royalty.
This restaurant is an ideal choice for those looking to combine luxurious dining and a downtown, artistic ambiance. Even if you’re not celebrating an occasion, you will feel celebratory.
42 East 20th Street
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