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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
42 E 20th St
phone: (212) 477-0777
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by kkipple:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
My review of this restaurant could begin and end with "Get thee to Gramercy Tavern, man!" and it'd be quite correct. However, since this is a review and not a decree:
I was fortunate enough to find this place (via Beerfly!) when I was in New York and my friend and I braved the windy night and walked the few blocks to the establishment.
Once inside, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. I immediately began scoping out the bar, and was rather stunned by the wine and spirit selection, to say nothing of the beer. The wine list is varied and immense, while the spirit selection is more reserved, yet well chosen. Likewise for the beer, on tap were Brooklyn Monster, Stone IPA, Stoudts Lady Scarlet, Rogue Uberfest Pils, and a few others. The bottled beer list had many "high end" beers: Rochefort 8, Westmalle Tripel, Chimay, Corsendonk Brown, Thomas Hardy, etc. Of particular interest was the vintage beer and cider list. Old Crustacean 98 - 2000, Brooklyn Chocolate from 2001, and Worldwide Stout were all there, plus some fascinating French ciders. In a word: Impressive.
There are actually two menus at Gramercy's, the "Tavern" and the main dining room. The tavern is around the bar, and is quite well decorated, impossibly clean, and well lit. We chose to eat there rather than the dining room. We sat at a small rough-hewn wood table and enjoyed some prosciutto wrapped oysters (which were excellent) and drank a few pints before ordering. The beer, needless to say, was all fresh and poured perfectly.
I ended up having sturgeon in a mushroom, bean and garlic sauce, and it was cooked superbly and the tastes blended wonderfully. It was presented well and the portions were sufficient. My buddy raved about his steak, which was admittedly very good. The service was flawless; waiters appeared out of thin air to fill our glasses as soon as they began to falter, and to serve more of the crusty bread and butter to our table. The staff was well dressed, but "real" and jovial. No snobbery here, which was quite refreshing. The bathrooms were decked with fresh flowers and had a fun, rustic look about them. In short, the atmosphere is upscale, but avoids being ostentatious.
I could go on, but really, I can't find anything to fault about our experience at the Tavern. It's not a beer bar, but I challenge you to find a better overall dining experience with a beer list equal to Gramercy's. Yes, it can get rather expensive quickly, but it remains the dining highlight of my New York trip and earns my unqualified recommendation. Go enjoy your evening there and marvel at one of the delights of the big city.
03-16-2007 02:34:43 |
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More by Chris_Coughlin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$$
Gramercy Tavern is a fine upscale establishment with great food, service, and a very diverse high end, quality beer list which you can find here:
It should be noted that the restaurant is segregated into the tavern and formal dining room. My experience and thus my review is for the tavern only. You get everything you would expect from a Michelin Star restaurant in the tavern.
On to the details:
I was fortunate enough to visit during 2013 NYC Craft Beer week and sat at the bar while I waited for the rest of my party. The bartender was very polite and seemed to know quite a bit about the beers on the menu. I was excited to see Alchemist Heady Topper on the menu and quickly ordered one. Quick service and stellar presentation.
My party arrived as I was finishing my heady topper and we put in for a table (tavern is 1st come / first served) We were told the wait would be 1 to 1.5 hours and at the one hour mark (and another heady topper plus a Peekskill Simple Sour later) we were seated.
We tired a few appetizers and then their beer tasting menu (special for NYC craft beer week that included 4 course paired with 4 great tapped beers) and the Tavern burger. All the food was exceptionally prepared and delicious. I won't go into details other than to describe the beer tasting menu dessert. It was a Maine Beer Company Stout in a glass with a shot of coffee liquor, scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of chocolate. It was Awesome.
Final Judgement - I highly recommend visiting this fine establishment if you have the time and money. It's pricey but follows the old adage "You get what you pay for".
Two added comments:
1) thanks to my brother n'law for paying the bill : )
2) Dress - jeans are OK, but I wouldn't recommend tennis shoes or t-shirts if you're stopping in. That said I doubt they'd turn you away and you'd most likely still get the same impeccable service.
03-01-2013 18:06:00 |
More by drinker36
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
As pointed out in other reviews The Gramercy Tavern is an upscale restaurant with a good beer list rather than a bar. On a Thursday evening the restaurant was fairly busy, i had no problem getting in wearing Jeans / check shirt but no tables were available unless you wanted to wait to eat and all the bar stools were occupied. I got served at the bar no problem but had to stand in a quiet corner to drink my pint. The beer list isn't bad and i had no quibbles with the quality however my pint of Stone IPA was $9 a pint.
The Gramercy is worth a visit, just don't expect a beer bar (and bring plenty of ca$h!)
02-05-2012 15:07:16 |
More by Clembo1957
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Visted on 3/2/10
Gramercy Tavern is not a beer bar. It is a highly rated upscale restaurant with a sophisticated yet relaxed tavern room. The reason this place deserves mention on this site is because they have commited to maintaining an excellent beer list.
This review will focus on the front tavern area rather than the more formal dining room because in my opinion the tavern is far more exciting and well, that's where they keep the bar! The more formal dining room in back is not made out to be like a VIP section. In fact, many people prefer dining in the bar area. Meaning, you are not left at the bar with beer in hand wondering what is going on in back and wishing you had a reservation.
I would say that the beverage program at Gramercy places far more emphasis on wine and cocktails than it does beer. But that is not to say that the beer list is lacking. They have eight taps as well as an ecletic bottle list and a full page dedicated to vintage beers and ciders.
The food is delicious. The dishes served in both the tavern and the dining room are beautifully composed with subtle elegance. There are also many beer friendly cheeses on hand. The service is top notch. While waitering in NYC, I worked with many who trained at Gramercy and they were always on point.
Gramercy Tavern is a fine place which is deserving of its excellent reputation. I try to stop here every time budget and geography permits.
03-10-2010 18:25:50 |
More by MikeGill
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been here a number of times, and I always enjoy it. The food is simply phenomenal, very delicious. However, the selection is really the only problem -- there are a limited number of items with infrequent turnover (though they are usually all fantastically tasty). Having gone many times, I get various amuse bouche and other culinary surprises gratis, which has let me enjoy the full selection.
When it comes to beer, the selection is anything but limited. The Gramercy Tavern has a massive list of beers (about 7 are on tap, while 30 or so more come bottled). It also has an excellent selection of vintage beers (Another 25 or so more). I had a 2007 Hennepin that was absolutely delicious, and quite different than the Hennepin I'm used to.
The atmosphere is really perfect -- a sophisticate restaurant meets American tavern sort of deal. There is classic American artwork on the walls, nice displays, and many tables. Service is fantastic.
The Gramercy Tavern is a must visit for exquisite food paired with equally auspicious beer.
01-23-2010 19:27:47 |
More by BeerNemesis
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Well, this was my 'goodbye' to New York lunch before moving to Switzerland. I can't think of a more appropriate 'do it up' type of place for me and the occasion, and Gramercy Tavern didn't let me down.
The lady and I visited during late lunch time, and asked to be seated in the tavern area next to the large window. The bar area, and 'tavern' side, are really stunning. It's what one would imagine a world class bar to look like, and there are simply no corners cut in any facet. I agree with other reviewers in that this is a wonderful restaurant that happens to have excellent brews. The tap list was fantastic and really well thought out. I had a SN Harvest and the lady a Manhattan Project. The bottle selection is nice, but very pricey. Loved the fact that they had vintage ales...nice selection of those especially.
The food was simply excellent, and it would have been a great meal even without the beer selection. The service was as one would expect at a top notch restaurant, perfectly timed, helpful, and welcoming without being intrusive.
Fantastic place for a special moment, and certainly would recommend. For what it's worth, the menu at lunch time was very reasonably priced relative to the amount and quality of food you are given. You can spend twice the amount at a lesser place in Manhattan and have a lower quality meal.
12-31-2009 21:04:59 |
More by Nickls
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
What a great place this is! More a fancy restaurant with great beer than a beer bar but I am very happy it is listed on BA. We would never have found it otherwise.
The restaurant has two rooms. We sat in the tavern in front. Large bistro tables and comfortable chairs flank a 12 seat bar. The room is beautifully decorated with fancy tablescapes and floral arrangements and wall murals. Intimate, only a bit formal.
The beer selection is not large but there is no BMC product at all. Eight drafts which on our visit included Stone 13th Anniversary, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, Racer 5 and Chambly Noire. The bottle list is also rather small and, while all craft, rather less inspired.
Food was really outstanding. Fish croquette and octopus apps were terrific. Same with the duck confit and striped bass entrees. We closed out the meal with an outstanding 7 cheese selection.
A bit pricey compared to a beer bar but quite reasonable for lunch at an upscale Manhattan restaurant.
08-13-2009 16:58:47 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here specifically because they had Stone IPA on tap. Did not let down!
this place is nice... i almost felt sort of scrubby walking in. I knew befor hand that it was a nicer place but inside, its NICE! We sat at the bar and ordered our pints. all pints were properly poured and served in a very timely matter. prices were a smidge high in general but it IS new york city and this place was upscale. The selection was all craft beers. it is not the largest but quality wise, it was top notch. the bathrooms had little hand towels for drying your hands that were constantly re-stacked with the old removed. we did not order any food as we ate else where. over all, this is hands down one of the nicest bars i have ever been to.
04-27-2009 16:40:12 |
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