Gramercy Tavern

Row 1

101 Best Restaurants in America
42 E 20th St (btwn Broadway & Park Ave)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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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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]
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 14:12
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.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 10:05
The cheeseburger is the best off-menu item in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition."
The Tastes that Make the City
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:49
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:
The New York Times
Monday, October 11, 2010 - 06:03
The best black cod I've ever had. Chef Michael Anthony is a true artist. -Ron Duprat, Top Chef
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 07:03
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
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 06:31
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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 18:53
Jimmy Fallon: "This is my favorite restaurant in New York. Everything is good here." He's a particular fan of the venison tartare.
Rolling Stone
Friday, January 14, 2011 - 10:00
This is the quintessential NYC restaurant. Cozy, comforting, delicious. -Malika Ameen, Top Chef Just Desserts
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 09:59
This restaurant was designed by Bentel & Bentel, is wrapped with murals by artist Robert Kushner, and decorated with vibrant floral arrangements by Roberta Bendavid.
Monday, November 22, 2010 - 12:52
The wood burning oven is a centerpiece of the cooking here and imparts lovely smokiness to any ingredient it touches. - Inspector
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 13:38
Go to Gramercy Tavern and sit in the Tavern Room for lunch. Order the soup and sandwich deal for only $14.
Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 17:46
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.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 13:18
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.
Serious Eats
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 08:08
One Michelin star.
La Dolce Vita
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:23
Best seasonal dishes! And also known as the first restaurant in New York!
Gansevoort Hotel Group
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 08:53
Gansevoort Recommend
Gansevoort Hotel Group
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 08:38
Bold, seasonal dishes are the main event at this classic NYC restaurant. Sit in the front room for a fun, casual atmosphere, or get more intimate over the white-linen tablecloths in the back.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 09:43
Classic. Very good food and attentive service. Comfy atmosphere and an interesting combination of seafood and meat on the menu.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:25
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
Approach Guides
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 09:57