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Aug 22, 2001 06:19 PM

Wanted: Suggestions for low key but fabulous Sunday evening

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Any suggestions? We're viting over Columbus Day weekend and planning on Tabla and Babbo for Friday and Saturday but would like something a little more low key and casual for Sunday evening.

Currently living on South Beach so looking to avoid any place with attitude. Thinking about Blue Hill or Red Cat after consulting reviews on this board. Any comments/suggestions much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Caitlin McGrath

    Another good option would be the tavern room at Gramercy Tavern, on 20th between Park and Broadway. They don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait a bit (or sit at the bar if there's space) if you don't go early or late. It's a nice room, no attitude and great service is a hallmark, and you have a chance to have a casual, moderately-priced meal at one of the city's top restaurants. Truly excellent desserts, as well.

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

      I second your emotion! What a perfect spot for low key but fabulous.
      I ate there early Friday evening last week and it wasn't even crowded ( Labor Day might be the same). The staff was friendly but above all professional and REAL. I had a perfectly seasoned Bouillabiasse with the freshest fish ever. My only complaint was not enough scrumptious full flavored broth and a yen for more than a dab of a prfectly balanced Brandade that dotted two huge garlic triangles. I came to my senses when I rembered I was only paying $17.99 for this incredible dish.
      Perspective came rapidly as I recalled paying $18.99 a week earlier at my folks favorite place in Kingston, Where the sacallops where broiled and sprinkled with paprika, veggies were over cooked and the foiled baked potato was cold inside. Everything is Soooo relative. If I lived in NYC I'd be at GT very often.
      Almost forgot to mention the amazing Peach Tatin with black pepper ice cream and basil syrup Yes in fact it
      all worked Very well together. I ordered it only after my server explained why he it liked it so well.

      1. re: scottso

        And I third the choice. You really won't hit a crowd at all before 6 or 6:30 on a Sunday, and even after that, the wait's not usually too bad.

        Sundays are great for dining in New York. We recently ate at the bars at Tabla, Veritas, Gramercy, Patria and Craft all on one Sunday, all without any reservations and all without any wait. Enjoy.

        1. re: Patrick Q.

          all those places on ONE sunday? Must've been quite famished :)

          I'll add my input to GT... amazing without any pretense. Makes me proud to live downtown.

        2. re: scottso
          Caitlin McGrath

          About a month ago I also had that peach tatin with black pepper ice cream. The basil syrup didn't do anything for me, but the ice cream with the caramelized peaches was great.

          You can also order from the cheese list in the tavern room, and they make very good cocktails. The ginger tonic (ginger essence, gin, and tonic) is incredibly refeshing and definitely piques the appetite. All the entrees are under $20, the most expensive being the filet mignon.

      2. GT is a great one!

        If it wasn't Sunday, I would also suggest L'Ecole, the restaurant of the French Culinary Institute...but, alas, they are not open on Sundays.

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        1. re: Jill-O

          GT is getting so many rave recommendations here, I tried looking it up, but can't seem to find it. Can someone please post an address, phone #, anything. Thanks.

          1. re: coastw

            GT = Gramercy Tavern. It's at 42 E. 20th Street (just west of Park Ave., phone (212)477-0777). Most people in this thread have mentioned the front room, which is casual and reasonably priced ($8 apps, $14-17 mains). Go early or late, because the front room doesn't take reservations. (In the more expensive and formal back area, reservations are a must.)

            I was just there Saturday night, and it was wonderful. Had grilled octopus to start, followed by the softshell crab sandwich, 7 piece cheese course and finally the blackberry corncake for dessert. Couldn't have been happier. Excellent wines by the glass and great service.

        2. Try Mooza 191 Orchard...I've had a very good experience.