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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
42 E 20th St
phone: (212) 477-0777
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Gramercy Tavern is perhaps the best restaurant in the United States that takes beer very seriously. Michelin star rated, their beer selection includes a 'vintage' section containing several vintages of Thomas Hardy's Ale and several others.
The staff and service are great, but the night my partner and I ate there (a Saturday night) we ended up educating the wait staff about their beer selection. They were happy to learn, but we were a little surprised that there was no one in the house that knew the beer selections they offered.
That said, Gramercy is still a must stop for food and beer aficionados, but keep in mind that this is one of the highest rated and most popular restaurants in New York City, so it's very, very expensive.
10-25-2008 02:11:49 |
More by RedBeerchetta
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Absolutely incredible! I have never experienced a place where the atmosphere, service, food, and beer have all been so outstanding. This is easily #1 in my book. They have an exceptional selection of vintage beers and although they only have 8 taps, each beer on tap is incredible. One can easily tell that the beers here are handpicked. Quality over quantity shows here more than anywhere else. I've had an Allagash Black on tap, a 2003 BCS, a 98 Old Crusty, and a 2001 Brooklyn Monster, just to name a few. This is a must if you are ever in New York.
09-09-2008 14:37:46 |
More by Douglas14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Gramercy Tavern is, despite the use of the term "tavern", more of a restaurant. In fact, it is one of the most respected restaurants in Manhattan, which is quite a feat in and of itself - but it is also very well deserved! So, it may have been a tavern at one point in the long distant past, but it is certainly no longer just that.
That said, if you wander in off the street and you can find a seat at the bar you'll be privy to enjoy a wide selection of beers, including an entire page of vintage ales! And all at reasonable prices! --- Just don't expect that to happen. Well, at least not unless you've arrived at an off time. Reservations are hard to come by at the Gramercy, and people will gladly sit at the bar for their meal instead.
Moving forward, if you have the means (it's prix fixe... lunch is $55, dinner is $82) it may be one of the very best meals you've ever had. Try to get reservations early... and an early Saturday may work well.
The restaurant is superb in all respects. From the flower-filled semi-rustic-semi-modern dining room to the freshly washed hand towels awaiting you in the bathroom (it's very much like the Ralph Lauren showroom in some respects), the atmosphere is almost perfect (they cannot be responsible for the distraction caused by certain uncouth diners).
The food is what has been called "market-centric" cuisine, and it's fresh and brightly flavored home-style foods with a flair. The service is remarkably in-tune and quick, but never even remotely smothering. It's as if the servers (all of them) are constantly watching you out of the very very very corner of their eyes as the scurry about - and - snap of the fingers - they're there at the most opportune moment!
They are, of course, as familiar with beer as they are with wine, and they treat it with the same regard. You'll have no problem sinding suggestions on what might pair well with your meal - or even certain partts of your meal! And that brings me to the best part of the service. Perhaps you'll order a different beer to pair with each of your three servings. That might take some time to finish - especially if your table is having a lively conversation. But you'll never ber rushed!
Overall - brilliant!
07-29-2008 03:54:19 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by a hostess who will show you to the bar. As you approach you walk through the casual dining area that abutts the long L shaped wooden bar. To the right of the bar area is the main (and more formal) dining room.
The tap draft list feayured about seven or eight selection, including four or five New York State beers. There was a wide selection of booze and an extensive wine list to boot.
While I did not eat anything, the dishes being brought out looked tasty.
The decor was clasical, with a slightly urban twist. The wait and bar staff seemed professional and were in matching shirts and ties.
The downside was that my Brooklyn beer was nearly nine dollars with tax.
06-10-2008 16:29:42 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Fantastic yet pricy restaurant that caters to the beer drinker offering many New York beers and also a lot of extra exotic beers and ciders. Bar is expansive with plenty of beers and bartenders who know what they are doing. Two sections, the bar/tavern and the nicer restaurant area. Servers were amazing, knew a lot about the beer, including glassware and history. Food was incredible I had beef ragu pasta and roasted duck. Dessert was mint cookie ice cream which I combined with Brooklyn Chocolate Stout for a fantastic finish.
Food is three course menu for 82 dollars. Beer is about 8 dollars a pint.
Overall, I can't say enough good things about this place, it's expensive as hell but this is Manhattan. People who love beer and food need to go here, period.
06-08-2008 23:46:52 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
All that I can say is if you are a beer lover anywhere near New York, then you have got to make a point of going, but make sure you dress nice. I made reservation as we were going to see a show later that evening and the entire experience was excellent. Upon entering, you get a nice view of the bar, which even before they started seating for dinner was already packed and for good reason. From the looks of them, a lot of suits and Wall Street types. Every one of the staff that we dealt with that night knew that we had theatre tickets and made every accommodation so that our experience was enjoyable and so that we finished in time for the show. We made our way to the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers on the menu, he recommended 2 excellent beers to us, of which there were 8 on tap and 2 additional pages of bottled and vintage beers. The beers were $8 per pint. For the quality, I thought this was reasonable. Upon our table being ready, our waitress found us, took out drinks and had them added to our bill, no problem, no questions. The dinner was 3 courses for $82. The food was good but the service was exceptional. The wait staff answered all questions and made us feel welcome. Our waitress recommended a great beer to us to go with the dessert course.
Overall, I am not sure that I would make it one of my staple places to dine when in NYC, but I would definitely make it the standard for a before dinner/after dinner beer when in the city.
05-02-2008 19:54:50 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Stopped in for lunch during the week.
Crowd- Mostly business, alot of suits drinking wine, huge vintage wine selection if thats your fancy
Selection- OutFreakinStanding...for only having 8 taps, they really know how to make the best use of them...Sixpoint Bengal Tiger IPA, Sierra Nevada Schwartzbier, Brooklyn Dobblebock Lagunitas Pilsner, Ommegang Witte, Stone IPA, Southhampton Double White ale, and Troegs Nut Brown. O yea and they an awesome selection of American Vintage beer (Ommegang, Rouge, Brooklyn etc) and an awesome selection of foreign beer (Belgium, German, Asia, England) Vintage gueze's and JW Lees Harvest Ale (drool) and ciders
Service- I sat at the bar, the bartenders knew their beer, were happy to give me a sample of a few beers, even went down to the cellar to show me a vintage bottle i asked about.
Food- had the soup and sandwich lunch special....carrot soup and a turkey/bacon sandwich...soup was amazing and it was a damn good sandwich too. Try any ice creams/sorbets they have too...all amazing and fresh
Valve- for one beer ($8), soup and sandwich, and dessert my total with tip was about $40, its not cheap, but then again its in the middle of manhattan and the food and beer exceptional.
Would i go back? You bet your ass, just bring your credit card
04-22-2008 02:25:47 |
More by bonbini26
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
My most recent trip to New York was with my wife and her parents. None of them are big beer drinkers, so I knew my opportunities during this trip to visit some of New York's better beer bars was going to be limited. However, the Gramercy Tavern was the ideal location for everyone. I had heard about it because of its reputation for a great beer selection and my mother-in-law had heard about it because of their reputation for fantastic food, so it was a pretty easy get everyone to agree to go there. We couldn't get dinner reservations, so we went for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon instead. None of us were disappointed. We were seated immediately upon arriving at a round table in the window at the front of the tavern. The inside is decorated beautifully with antiques, fresh flowers and murals throughout. I was like a kid in a candy store when our waiter handed me the beer menu and also indicated the list of vintage beers on the next page. My wife's dad asked me to recommend a beer for him and my wife had a cider. Everyone's meal was absolutely outstanding! I'm so glad to find a restaurant who gives beer as much attention as they do to their food and wine. The waiter wasn't as informed about the beer selections as I would have expected, but he requested help from the bartender to answer my questions. This is not really a place to pop in for a pint after work, but its definitely a place to go with friends to enjoy a great meal with a great beer. I will never to go New York again without coming here at least once.
03-19-2007 18:45:34 |
More by Xadoor
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 |
More by kkipple
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
One of the better destinations for amazing food and quality craft beer in NYC. Taps included the incredible Sixpoint Bolshoi (served in a brandy snifter... nice touch), Brooklyn Winter Ale & Monster Ale, Stoudts Pils, Avery IPA, Dogfish Head Raison D'Etra, Unibroue Trois Pistoles and one or two others I can't recall. Bottles included Westmalle, Orval, Saison DuPont, Hitachino's Nest, and more than 20 others. From my own choices this afternoon, and others around me, I could see everything was served in proper glassware, and attention was paid to a proper pour. And while the beer selection wasn't the biggest, it was well chosen, with a range of styles and breweries available both on-tap and in the bottle. Great wine and cordial list when dessert comes around, including a very nice English mead.
This isn't really a place I'd recommend for simply a beer after work, but perfect for a special occasion lunch or dinner (even in the more casual Tavern as opposed to the more refined and expensive dining room). The food is outstanding... make sure you ask about the preparations because the menu states simply chicken, bacon, salmon, etc. without elaborating. The bacon with spatzle is out of this world... this ain't no Oscar Meyer, but thick pieces of braised pork with just enough melt-in-your-mouth fat to call it bacon. And the short-rib appetizer special (when available) is a gourmet delight, pairing especially well with the Sixpoint Bolshoi.
Over all, attentive service, inventive and delicious food, and they just happen to have some excellent beers to compliment it all. More NY restaurants need to realize that great beer only helps to round-out the overall taste & sensory experience of fine dining. While the bill can add up quickly if you have three courses and a few beers, note that the slightly more casual Tavern has the same quality at a slightly lower price. In summary, the kind of place that both you and your non-beer-drinking friends/companion/spouse will be more than happy with.
02-11-2006 23:19:48 |
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Gramercy Tavern in New York, NY
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