Gramercy Tavern

Row 1

42 E 20th St (btwn Broadway & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
American, Bar
$ $ $ $
Mon–Thu, Sun: Noon–11:00 PM Fri–Sat: Noon–Midnight

Gramercy Tavern is among the finest of the new wave of classic American restaurants; remember that Tom Colicchio was founding partner and chef before he left to open his own restaurants and become a TV star and MSNBC correspondent. With Danny Meyer running the show and Michael Anthony (who previously spent time at Daniel and helped Dan Barber develop his influential style at Blue Hill at Stone Barns) in control in the kitchen, the restaurant continues to excel at serving refined American cuisine without pretension. Anthony, inspired by the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, has become known for his simple vegetable preparations. Dishes use produce to great effect, such as flounder, honeynut squash, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkin seeds; or Arctic char, cabbage, radish, and bacon. Having been tapped to become the executive chef at Untitled when it reopens in the spring at the new Whitney downtown, Anthony may find his attention less focused on Gramercy, but there’s no reason to doubt that his newly promoted chef de cuisine, Howard Kalachnikoff, will be able to carry on the restaurant’s tradition of excellence. Whether you sample the six-course seasonal or vegetable tasting menus in the dining room, or opt for a more casual, à la carte meal in The Tavern (where there’s a secret, off-the-menu burger during lunch), from the artwork to the lavish floral arrangements, and from the copper-and-candle glow to the reputation for flawless service, a meal at Gramercy Tavern is one you’re not likely to forget anytime soon. 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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  • CNN Eatocracy: It's one of the New York's most beloved restaurants -- and for good reason with its luxurious yet homey atmosphere. Everything's seasonal and you really can't go wrong.
  • The unofficial official First Restaurant of New York. Though its formal dining room is a bit too too for Eater 38 contention, the front room and its seasonal American menu wins. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Jimmy Fallon: "This is my favorite restaurant in New York. Everything is good here." He's a particular fan of the venison tartare.
  • Gramercy Tavern is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Siftons 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York:
  • In the tavern section, great food and drinks can be had at a fraction of the cost of a meal in the main dining room.
  • One Michelin star.
  • Gansevoort Recommend
  • Great food and wine list. It is always consistent and has the best atmosphere. I love to eat at the bar where it is more casual and fun. -Carmen Gonzalez, Top Chef
  • It's tough to beat 2005 in Bordeauxopt for the Chateau Monbrison, a great value! The trademark Margaux intense fragrance and tobacco-sour cherry flavors are in evidence. Let it breathe if possible
  • Ladies room mirror is a skinny mirror.
  • Do what you love in life and happiness follows. Like lunch a Gramercy Tavern with my gnome Klaus.
  • The cheeseburger is the best off-menu item in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition."
  • The restaurants no-reservations front room is that rare space thats sexy enough for a date but comfortable enough for your grandparents, and the menu is so thoughtful its like an act of generosity.
  • The best black cod I've ever had. Chef Michael Anthony is a true artist. -Ron Duprat, Top Chef
  • Bill Addison's review: "I loved the way Michael Anthony used pork in ways usually associated for beef. A piggy Bolognese tossed with tagliatelle had an appealing unctuousness and meaty bite."
  • There's nothing better on a summer's evening than a seasonal peach dessert. Head to Gramercy Tavern to try the peach-and-blueberry shortcake, with pecan and lemon- verbena ice-cream. Delicious!
  • Perfectly seasonal standouts have included butternut squash soup, duck breast over parsnip pure, and tarte tatin. Green Guide Editor
  • Get the roasted oysters if they're on the menu. You're welcome.
  • Next time you want to eat here an font have a reservation, just sit at the bar and get the $16 soup-and-sandwich set. For just a little more than you'd normally pay for a crappy lunch, you get A+ food
  • Great burger for lunch, not on the menu...pssst