Saturday, October 11, 2008

Gramercy Tavern - Always a Winner

Restaurant Name: Gramercy Tavern
Location: New York City

The Foodie Family had another great meal at the Gramercy Tavern this week. This restaurant is a perennial winner, in 2008 number 2, on the Zagat list of Most Popular Restaurant in NYC for good reason. The consistent excellence of the food and service coupled with the relative value for the money are a sure bet. I have visited the restaurant many times over the years both in the front Tavern Room and in the Dining Room. Each has a separate menu, ambiance, primary cooking staff and reservation policy with the former being more casual and affordable and the latter superior in the complexity and sophistication of the food. At Dinner the dining Room is prix fixe but at Lunch the option of a wide variety of menu options are available. I fully recommend either room and have never had any complaints about anything. This resturant is as close as you can get at a guaranteed flawless dining experience in an elegant, but casual environment.

The Foodie Family each enjoyed 3 courses. For starters - Cindy enjoyed an excellent bowl of Heirloom Tomato's in a tomato water vinegar dressing. I really enjoyed a Lemon Risotto with Fennel and Clams - it was beautifully presented in a bowl edged with a Celery Root Puree. Sid and Miranda each had a Kampache with grapefruit and coriander. Second course for both Sid and Cindy was a perfectly prepared Guinea Hen with a braised hindquarter and a roasted breast. Miranda had Sturgen and I enjoyed a plate of roasted Sirloin served with Sirloin filled Ravioli. Deserts were spectacular and unusual. Miranda had a complex dessert tapioca, a cookie, coconut and passion fruit sorbets. Cindy had an amazing warm Chocolate Bread Pudding. Sid had a white and dark Chocolate Mousse. A had a Concord Grape Clafutti which was awesome and unusual. The plating of each of the desserts raised the bar of expectations and enjoyment.

A 2 hour fantastic luch for 4 with wine by the glass, lunch and dessert was a very reasonable $300.

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