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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
42 E 20th St
phone: (212) 477-0777
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Stopped in for lunch during the week.
Crowd- Mostly business, alot of suits drinking wine, huge vintage wine selection if thats your fancy
Selection- OutFreakinStanding...for only having 8 taps, they really know how to make the best use of them...Sixpoint Bengal Tiger IPA, Sierra Nevada Schwartzbier, Brooklyn Dobblebock Lagunitas Pilsner, Ommegang Witte, Stone IPA, Southhampton Double White ale, and Troegs Nut Brown. O yea and they an awesome selection of American Vintage beer (Ommegang, Rouge, Brooklyn etc) and an awesome selection of foreign beer (Belgium, German, Asia, England) Vintage gueze's and JW Lees Harvest Ale (drool) and ciders
Service- I sat at the bar, the bartenders knew their beer, were happy to give me a sample of a few beers, even went down to the cellar to show me a vintage bottle i asked about.
Food- had the soup and sandwich lunch special....carrot soup and a turkey/bacon sandwich...soup was amazing and it was a damn good sandwich too. Try any ice creams/sorbets they have too...all amazing and fresh
Valve- for one beer ($8), soup and sandwich, and dessert my total with tip was about $40, its not cheap, but then again its in the middle of manhattan and the food and beer exceptional.
Would i go back? You bet your ass, just bring your credit card
04-22-2008 02:25:47 |
More by bonbini26
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Gramercy Tavern is a world class establishment.
The beer selection is always very nice. About 6-8 taps usually filled with some nice locals (Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint, Brooklyn)
They usually have a nice selection of varying types of beer. They also have a vintage beer list with selections ranging from vintage cantillon to vintage anchor, brooklyn and rogue.
There are two menus. One for the tavern area which is first come first serve. Most of the food is cooked in the open kitchen area of the tavern on a wood burning stove. The food is excellent and high end local ingredients are always used. Apps are anywhere from $12-19 and dinners are $17-$25.
The main dining room is prix fixe and cost $86. The quality of food again is amazing. You cant go wrong eating here, but it does being to get a bit pricey.
Service is the best in NYC, very professional waiters, bartenders and chefs. The bartenders and waiters are very knowledgeable when it comes to the beer, and the vintage beer is treated like a fine wine when they present it at you table.
03-31-2009 16:43:36 |
More by gregc
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been here a number of times, and I always enjoy it. The food is simply phenomenal, very delicious. However, the selection is really the only problem -- there are a limited number of items with infrequent turnover (though they are usually all fantastically tasty). Having gone many times, I get various amuse bouche and other culinary surprises gratis, which has let me enjoy the full selection.
When it comes to beer, the selection is anything but limited. The Gramercy Tavern has a massive list of beers (about 7 are on tap, while 30 or so more come bottled). It also has an excellent selection of vintage beers (Another 25 or so more). I had a 2007 Hennepin that was absolutely delicious, and quite different than the Hennepin I'm used to.
The atmosphere is really perfect -- a sophisticate restaurant meets American tavern sort of deal. There is classic American artwork on the walls, nice displays, and many tables. Service is fantastic.
The Gramercy Tavern is a must visit for exquisite food paired with equally auspicious beer.
01-23-2010 19:27:47 |
More by BeerNemesis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Fantastic yet pricy restaurant that caters to the beer drinker offering many New York beers and also a lot of extra exotic beers and ciders. Bar is expansive with plenty of beers and bartenders who know what they are doing. Two sections, the bar/tavern and the nicer restaurant area. Servers were amazing, knew a lot about the beer, including glassware and history. Food was incredible I had beef ragu pasta and roasted duck. Dessert was mint cookie ice cream which I combined with Brooklyn Chocolate Stout for a fantastic finish.
Food is three course menu for 82 dollars. Beer is about 8 dollars a pint.
Overall, I can't say enough good things about this place, it's expensive as hell but this is Manhattan. People who love beer and food need to go here, period.
06-08-2008 23:46:52 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Absolutely incredible! I have never experienced a place where the atmosphere, service, food, and beer have all been so outstanding. This is easily #1 in my book. They have an exceptional selection of vintage beers and although they only have 8 taps, each beer on tap is incredible. One can easily tell that the beers here are handpicked. Quality over quantity shows here more than anywhere else. I've had an Allagash Black on tap, a 2003 BCS, a 98 Old Crusty, and a 2001 Brooklyn Monster, just to name a few. This is a must if you are ever in New York.
09-09-2008 14:37:46 |
More by Douglas14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
February 23, 2009:
In the city area on business so I took the opportunity to visit this establishment that I have heard nothing but great things about. Surely did not disappoint. Not in the slightest.
The atmosphere at the bar was pleasant, mostly a yuppie crowd that was pretty much booming on a Monday night. So much for a bad economy.
Service was top notch. The bartenders knew both the food and the beer and were always ready to back you up on bread, new settings, and to give a sample of the tap beers. Suggestions for the food were surely spot on.
The selection of beers for an establishment like this with upscale food was fantastic. The on tap selections were not a laundry list but what was there was really good stuff. I had the pleasure of enjoying a Lagunitas IPA, Cpt Lawrence Liquid Gold, and Brooklyn Blunder Old Ale. All great stuff with generous pours for only $8 each which is a solid buy in the city, especially this section. The bottle list was nice as well but a little more on the too-high price range.
Food was fantastic. The bread was constantly brought out with oil/vinegar and I enjoyed the octopus (possibly best I ever had) roasted cauliflower dish (great) and calimari and carrot salad (the only one that wasnt too great, but surely not bad) and the prices were reasonable.
I did tell my wife that I want to go there for my birthday again because it is rare to get such good cuisine and beermanship in a place like this. Good job Gramercy in advocating quality craft beer.
Nitpicking, but it would be pretty cool if they offered suggestions on the menu for beer pairings for those that are newer to craft beer that may be intimitated by choosing although the servers there seem to know more than enough.
02-24-2009 22:59:51 |
More by marcpal
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Visted on 3/2/10
Gramercy Tavern is not a beer bar. It is a highly rated upscale restaurant with a sophisticated yet relaxed tavern room. The reason this place deserves mention on this site is because they have commited to maintaining an excellent beer list.
This review will focus on the front tavern area rather than the more formal dining room because in my opinion the tavern is far more exciting and well, that's where they keep the bar! The more formal dining room in back is not made out to be like a VIP section. In fact, many people prefer dining in the bar area. Meaning, you are not left at the bar with beer in hand wondering what is going on in back and wishing you had a reservation.
I would say that the beverage program at Gramercy places far more emphasis on wine and cocktails than it does beer. But that is not to say that the beer list is lacking. They have eight taps as well as an ecletic bottle list and a full page dedicated to vintage beers and ciders.
The food is delicious. The dishes served in both the tavern and the dining room are beautifully composed with subtle elegance. There are also many beer friendly cheeses on hand. The service is top notch. While waitering in NYC, I worked with many who trained at Gramercy and they were always on point.
Gramercy Tavern is a fine place which is deserving of its excellent reputation. I try to stop here every time budget and geography permits.
03-10-2010 18:25:50 |
More by MikeGill
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
There are dozens and dozens of places to drink good beer in NYC and hundreds of great spots for food. There aren't a ton of places, however, that allow you the luxury of both. Gramercy Tavern is a place that does and it's probably where you'll find the best of each.
Knowing I would be arriving into Manhattan that morning after a dreadfully long overnight bus ride, I thought there would be no better occasion to treat myself to a nice lunch. I had made a reservation for noon and already by then was well deserving of a warm meal.
Upon entering you are greeted by a hostess. Just behind her you'll have a view of the bar or 'tavern' section. Although the tavern is meant for drinks it offers a dozen or more tables should you wish to dine as well. It is open a little later than the dinning room and also remains open during the setup period between lunch and dinner hours.
There is a long canvas painting of very vibrantly coloured fruits and vegetables that makes a dynamic mantelpiece for the elegant, wide stretching bar. The bar is stocked with hundreds of meticulously aligned bottles. Regardless of what a sight that was, it was the shinning brass of their ten or so beer taps that caught my eye first.
At exactly 12:01 nearly a dozen of clean, well groomed and sophisticatedly dressed servers came to line up in front of us in almost militaristic fashion. They stood up straight, ready for the days work. One by one they were personally assigned to greet and sit their patrons. I was shown to my table in the main dinning hall.
The dinning room is actually a collection of rooms cut up by large, high vaulting arched ceilings. Each seats approximately 15 tables, the restaurant is considerably large. The combination of soft lighting is just perfect. The decor of multi-toned booths, hardwood flooring and cherrywood chairs possesses the sort of suave charm and elegant interior you might expect from a restaurant in this area.
Before I could think too far into the contrast of fake plants and real artwork my server appeared immediately. One thing I must say about Gramercy Tavern is that (along with the food and drink) the service is fantastic. More than knowledgeable or polite, the most fitting word would be attentive. Better service would have been impossible.
What I love most is that Gramercy Tavern is committed to buying and serving locally produced organic food. The restaurant comes highly recommended by Slow Food USA. Their menu reflects that and changes with the weather, offering whatever is in season. While on the topic of food, I must say my meal there was one of the best (bar none) I've ever had...
Their tap selection is limited to around 10 with one cask. They do also offer a bottle menu, which if memory serves correct was around 20 or offerings stemming from a host of countries, covering a great range of styles even with the odd vintage. If vintages are your thing, take a gander at their phone-book sized directory of wine and spirits. Worth noting are 1977 Vintage Port and a 1922 Madeira.
Of course nothing in Manhattan is cheap, still my lunch was fairly expensive. That said, the quality of everything was outstanding and you can surely expect to get every penny's worth. The fact that I couldn't even finish my delicious dessert is testament to the fact that I may never have eaten and drank so well in my life.
01-30-2009 15:35:28 |
More by biegaman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Undoubtedly, if you follow the food and restaurant scene in New York City, you have heard of this place. It consistently ranks as one of the top restaurants in the country.
Atmosphere? Stunning. Impeccably clean. Perfect unspoken symetry in the alignment of tables. Beautiful oak bar. Beautiful tin ceilings. Servers with perfect posture. Every little detail is on point.
Service? Exceptional. A team of servers and rounds of courses will make this an enjoyable experience. Suprise complimentary entrees make their way to your table as an enticing prelude to the main courses.
Selection? Pretty good. A definite emphasis on local and Belgian beers, and not a bad tap line in sight. Furthermore, like their food menu, the tap lines are constantly rotating, which makes it nice for their repeat customers as well.
The food? As we say in Brooklyn, fuggedaboutit. Even the sauteed vegetables I had were OUTSTANDING. Incredible meal. You have to taste it for yourself.
Value? A bit pricey? This is New York. You get what you pay for. Well, most of the time...
07-06-2005 14:25:10 |
More by Sixpoint
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