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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
42 E 20th St
phone: (212) 477-0777
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by a hostess who will show you to the bar. As you approach you walk through the casual dining area that abutts the long L shaped wooden bar. To the right of the bar area is the main (and more formal) dining room.
The tap draft list feayured about seven or eight selection, including four or five New York State beers. There was a wide selection of booze and an extensive wine list to boot.
While I did not eat anything, the dishes being brought out looked tasty.
The decor was clasical, with a slightly urban twist. The wait and bar staff seemed professional and were in matching shirts and ties.
The downside was that my Brooklyn beer was nearly nine dollars with tax.
06-10-2008 16:29:42 |
More by plaid75
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
If you are looking for a very high up scale food experience, or a real nice meal with somebody special, or if youre into spending some cash on some fine food and you want to enjoy a well chosen craft brew, this place will do the trick. Staff is top notch, beers were 7 on tap, 18 bottled, 5 NA, even a few ciders. The only food I enjoyed was a few cheeses at the bar and a pint of Maudite (yes a pint) for $7. A bargain. Classy crowd. Relaxed, comfortable athmosphere. Well appointed, multi room set up. I'll be back for a full meal on some sort of special occasion or romantic evening with the missus.
Not a place for a few pints with the guys while watching the Mets kick ass
01-30-2005 03:11:18 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
What a great place this is! More a fancy restaurant with great beer than a beer bar but I am very happy it is listed on BA. We would never have found it otherwise.
The restaurant has two rooms. We sat in the tavern in front. Large bistro tables and comfortable chairs flank a 12 seat bar. The room is beautifully decorated with fancy tablescapes and floral arrangements and wall murals. Intimate, only a bit formal.
The beer selection is not large but there is no BMC product at all. Eight drafts which on our visit included Stone 13th Anniversary, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, Racer 5 and Chambly Noire. The bottle list is also rather small and, while all craft, rather less inspired.
Food was really outstanding. Fish croquette and octopus apps were terrific. Same with the duck confit and striped bass entrees. We closed out the meal with an outstanding 7 cheese selection.
A bit pricey compared to a beer bar but quite reasonable for lunch at an upscale Manhattan restaurant.
08-13-2009 16:58:47 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
So this might be more of a fine dining establishment, but the small, yet well thought out beer selection is top notch. 7 taps with Stoudt's Pils, Rogue Amber, Hopdevil, Brooklyn Monster, and Maudite. Trappist bottles, as well as JW Lee's Harvest, Aventinus...all top of the line stuff. A bit pricey, with the drafts averaging $6 or $7 and my Harvest running $11.50.
Again, this is a premier restaurant that focuses on the food, but definitely doesn't skimp on the beer selection as too many other restaurants oftern do.
12-14-2003 05:52:33 |
More by jrancan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Now that Mike & Davida have rescued us from the Black Forest, we're free to wander for a beer. Hey, you know where I've never been? That place in Gramercy, across the street from Silver Swan. Supposed to be a real upscale restaurant with a solid beer list, probably too nice for the likes of me, but we'll see, I suppose...
Yep, it's all that, with good taps, too. A dark wood arc bar with copper topped lamps against the far wall seats a dozen and a half. Wine, glassware and booze in units behind the bar on shelves and in cupboards. Wine units on shelving to both sides of the entranceway to rear dining room. Large front windows, vaulted ceiling with wood cross beams and spot lighting, brightly colored fruit, nut & vegetable themed painted murals above wrapping around the room, and pillars running to the ceiling covered with ivy and plants, and decorated with candles, pine cones and bird houses. An open kitchen counter with a wood oven in the near rear corner, plants and ceramic vessels in pieces on the rear wall, and a tree in a planter at the end of the bar. A dozen booths and tables scattered about the room, done with smart leather placemats.
7 taps across a single tower with a good focus on our local and regional breweries (Sixpoint Abigail, Brooklyn Scorcher, Heavyweight Stickenjab, Victory Prima Pils, Stoudts Weizen, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA) and a lone import (Unibroue Ephemere Black Currant). Roughly 2 dozen bottles, including a few ciders and N/A's. The bottles are all imports, mostly Belgians (De Dolle Dulle Teve, Orval, Liefman's Goudenband, Hanssens Oude Gueuze, Westmalle Triple, Delirium Tremons, Corsendonk Brown, Chimay Blue, and a pair of Lindemans), plus a handful of Germans (Schneiderweisse Hefe, Aventinus), English (Harvey's Le Coq Imperial Extra '01, Sam Smith Nut Brown), and some random interesting imports (Sinebrychoff, Hitachino Nest, Traquair House Jacobite). They also have an extensive wine menu.
The service was cordial and pleasant. They kept filling those bowls of hot honey nuts (cashews & walnuts) on the bar, and the staff was well dressed in blue shirts and vests. Nicely upscale, but not pretentious.
On another visit, I found the tap selections to be of primarily the same local and regional focus (Sixpoint Apollo Wheat, Brooklyn Single Abbey, Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA, Ommegang Wit, Stoudts Pils) and a few beyonders (Sierra Nevada Schwartz, Red Hook Longhammer IPA).
Seems theyve also added a Vintage list (Victory Golden Monkey & Grand Cru 03, Anchor OSA 98, Brooklyn Monster 01-04 and Black Chocolate Stout 03, Rogue Old Crusty 99-00, Cave Aged Ommegang 05, plus old JW Lees and Gales).
Caught a meal at the bar amidst the madness of the crowd there. I started with the seafood chowder (paired with a Sierra Nevada Schwartz), and she had the Calamari & Carrot salad (Brooklyn Abbey Single). Both were excellent. For entrees, I ordered the Soft Shell Crab with pickled rhubarb (Ommegang Wit) and she had the Bacon Wrapped Trout (Corsendonk Brown). Great meal, and they've certainly got the beer to compliment.
10-03-2005 03:03:47 |
More by slander
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Well, this was my 'goodbye' to New York lunch before moving to Switzerland. I can't think of a more appropriate 'do it up' type of place for me and the occasion, and Gramercy Tavern didn't let me down.
The lady and I visited during late lunch time, and asked to be seated in the tavern area next to the large window. The bar area, and 'tavern' side, are really stunning. It's what one would imagine a world class bar to look like, and there are simply no corners cut in any facet. I agree with other reviewers in that this is a wonderful restaurant that happens to have excellent brews. The tap list was fantastic and really well thought out. I had a SN Harvest and the lady a Manhattan Project. The bottle selection is nice, but very pricey. Loved the fact that they had vintage ales...nice selection of those especially.
The food was simply excellent, and it would have been a great meal even without the beer selection. The service was as one would expect at a top notch restaurant, perfectly timed, helpful, and welcoming without being intrusive.
Fantastic place for a special moment, and certainly would recommend. For what it's worth, the menu at lunch time was very reasonably priced relative to the amount and quality of food you are given. You can spend twice the amount at a lesser place in Manhattan and have a lower quality meal.
12-31-2009 21:04:59 |
More by Nickls
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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 |
More by hooliganlife
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 |
More by apintofknowledge
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
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