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Gramercy Tavern lunch- rest. week

jrazzle Jul 16, 2007 01:25 PM

I had lunch today at Gramercy Tavern (in the dining room) for restaurant week. It was very, very good. While I have been disappointed with restaurant week in the past, I thought the portions were generous and was pleased that most of the choices appear on the regular tasting menus. I started with a calamari/carrot salad and had the cod with zucchini and avocado for the main course. My friend had the chicken, which was very tasty. The desserts were the best part: chocolate bread pudding (YUM!) and cheesecake with huge blueberries and blueberry lemon sorbet. We were both in heaven. They gave us each a $24.07 gift certificate to use for lunch another day.


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    theskyflyer Jul 16, 2007 01:33 PM

    I had the 'risotto' (just okay), pork chop (divine!!) and chocolate bread pudding. My friend had cucumber soup, trout and chocolate bread pudding.

    Overall, a very good lunch!!!!

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    1. re: theskyflyer
      theskyflyer Jul 16, 2007 04:02 PM

      Forgot the ask. Last RW at 11 Mad Park, we were given $24 certificate for future use (not restricted for M-F lunch). This time, it specifically says M-F lunch before end of Sep at GT. Is that new rule or GT has always been that way?

      1. re: theskyflyer
        kobetobiko Jul 16, 2007 04:11 PM

        I dined at EMP today and didn't even get any certificate. I thought they were no longer offering them so I was surprised to hear that they were given out at GT!

        1. re: kobetobiko
          jasmurph Jul 16, 2007 06:28 PM

          Yeah, no gift certificate for me either at EMP, which was a shame since I went there in part with plans to use it for dinner soon, thereby maximizing the value of the lunch. Oh well. Lunch was good, so I'm not sad, but serivce was decidedly lackluster. After my last dinner there I thought Bruni was insane not to give the place 4 stars, but on this showing it became clear to me that the service is not up the level of the food. There's nothing bad about the service, exactly, buit there's nothing great about it either.

          Food choices for the curious: 1. salad with marcona almonds, stawberry gazpacho (best choice), tuna tartare 2. gnocchi, salmon, chicken (best choice) 3. chocolate with passionfruit, apricot clafouti with great honey-almond ice cream (or was it sorbet?), panna cotta (sp?) with fruit.

          1. re: jasmurph
            kobetobiko Jul 16, 2007 06:58 PM

            It was interesting that you brought up the issue about service. While the service to my table was alright, the table next to me didn't get their bread and butter until half way through the appetizer. I was thinking how could they miss such a basic thing?

            I wasn't impressed by the ice cold butter either. I expect a restaurant at this caliber will serve me butter at the right temperatue (again, making the basic right). As much as I love EMP in my numerous visits in the past, I was quite disappointed by my lunch today.

            1. re: kobetobiko
              RGR Jul 16, 2007 08:53 PM

              We've been to EMP twice within the past couple of weeks -- for dinner and for brunch -- and service both times was impeccable. In fact, that's the way it's always been whenever we've dined there. And, btw, no ice cold butter either. I've never been to EMP during RW, so I'm wondering if that has something to do with these service issues though I must say, in my view, that wouldn't excuse them.

              1. re: kobetobiko
                DarthEater Jul 16, 2007 09:19 PM

                I too had ice cold butter on a non RW. Nothing turns me off more than having to exert pressure on my roll. I was almost temped to take my lighter and warm the bottom of the dish. Inexcusable.

          2. re: theskyflyer
            gramercyfoodie Jul 18, 2007 05:51 AM

            Can someone talk about this $24 gift certificate. This is the first I've heard about it...I'm jealous and confused!

            1. re: gramercyfoodie
              RGR Jul 18, 2007 08:08 AM

              Danny Meyer restaurants have traditionally given RW diners at lunch a gift certificate for the amount of the RW meal (it's now $24.07) to be used against a future meal. It appears Eleven Madison Park is no longer doing so, but Gramercy Tavern is. Don't know about Tabla, The Modern, etc.

              1. re: RGR
                gramercyfoodie Jul 18, 2007 08:29 AM

                Thanks for the explanation RGR. Love Danny Meyer.

                1. re: gramercyfoodie
                  David W Jul 19, 2007 06:55 AM

                  Tabla is, Eleven Madison is not (at least to me.)

                  1. re: David W
                    RGR Jul 19, 2007 08:03 AM


                    Re: gift certificates. I doubt EMP would treat you any differently than other RW diners.

                    1. re: RGR
                      David W Jul 19, 2007 09:51 AM

                      I hope not! Just striving to be accurate and reporting what I know to be true.

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          kam0424 Jul 19, 2007 01:49 PM

          Thanks! I'm doing the tavern for lunch next week.

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