July 6, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Alright, just a quickie here. Danny Meyer’s Michelin Starred Gramercy Tavern seems to be firmly rooted in the hearts of New Yorkers, and seeing as I was walking past en route to Estela, thought it my duty to pop in and see if the hype was on point here.
The basics – there are two areas to Gramercy Tavern. The Dining Room offers tasting menus with à la carte available during lunch service (you’ll need a reservation here), and the more casual Tavern – serving up all day à la carte with no reservation needed. Being that my visit was mid afternoon, my choice was limited to the latter. Despite the hour, the bar was still pretty packed with revellers enjoying a tipple or two – the bar area looked a great spot even just for a drink.
Sadly (or happily rather, for my credit card and stomach anyway) I had to keep it to one dish only to save room for my next stop. My choice of dish was vital, the pressure was on. Luckily, the one I picked was a home run.
Kielbasa, Mustard Spätzle, Pickled Carrot – 25
This dish was impossible to resist – comfort food central. Though I was informed that the kielbasa didn’t have cheese today, it really didn’t matter. I’ve never had a sausage with smoother texture, it was really something to behold. Juicy and bursting with flavour, it was perfectly complemented by the mustardy spaetzle (a Eastern European soft egg noodle) and sourness of the carrot (I suppose acting as a sauerkraut replacement here). A seriously well seasoned, flavour packed, well designed dish. This dish was all I needed to know that the reports about this place are right.
Service was slow and lacklustre however so they were let down a little in that department – I can only hope they are more on point at main service times (and in the Dining Room). This will be filed as a must visit on my next trip to New York – and I’ll be sure to book in for the full tasting menu experience in the Dining Room! A true taste of NYC.
Overall Rating: 8.2/10
42 E 20th St, Flatiron District, New York