The New York Nightlife Review: Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy Tavern – NYC

42 E 20th St (between Broadway & S Park Ave) New York, NY 10003 | 212.477.0777

The Gramercy Tavern offers a unique rustic atmosphere where its guests wear the latest in trendy-elegant attire. This is a perfect place for just about any occasion where the atmosphere, service, and of-course food are important. The Gramercy Tavern offers small seating areas and a full bar where their guests can meet after work, plan a special dinner with friends, or enjoy a romantic time at night. It also has a private dining room available for a more formal dining experience. The Gramercy Tavern is certainly one of the best places to go in NYC for dinner.

The Experience at the Gramercy Tavern

From the second you step in, friendly staff members welcome their guests into this elegant environment. Once seated, service takes a new face: a face of knowledge and hospitality. From food items to wine choices, the staff truly knows how to adequately interact and serve their guests.

Apart from the excellent service, the food itself is also amazing. Coming from a very picky editor, the food is subpar to many restaurants serving seasonal American cuisine. It is no wonder why this small restaurant has received several prestigious awards including a Michelin Rating (1). Prices vary depending whether you are coming in for lunch or dinner with the latter being more expensive. However, both menus are delectable and have plenty of choices available.

The American cuisine menu is simple yet, once the food is delivered, there is nothing simplistic about it. The dishes are carefully executed masterpieces coming out of Gramercy Tavern’s Kitchen led by executive chef Michael Anthony. We recommend you try the pork shoulder or if you are a salad lover the calamari and carrot salad. Both of these literally melt in your mouth and are very tasty – once again don’t be fooled by the simple menu, the food is a shocker!

When it comes to wine choices and off the bar drinks, Gramercy Tavern surprises us yet again. The restaurant has an adequate selection of wines from all parts, an above average by the glass selection, and truly spectacular delivery with respect to drinks. Top-shelf drinks are highly recommended, as they are absolutely delicious.


The Gramercy Tavern is a well-executed restaurant in terms of service, food, wine, drink, and atmosphere. There are only a few restaurants that can deliver this level of class all in one. As always, reservations are highly recommended well in advance of your expected date. In addition, the regular seating area operates on a “first come, first served” basis.

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