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Gramercy Tavern or Blue Hill (NYC) for dinner?

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I have reservations at both restaurants for dinner next week, and I'm trying to decide between the two. From what I've read on CH, it sounds like both restaurants emphasize the use of fresh ingredients and solid (but not very creative) cooking.

In terms of our tastes, we actually tend to like more modern/creative cooking (Jean-Georges/EMP) a little better than traditional (Telepan), but since these two places are highly rated we wanted to give the latter style another shot.

If you've been to both restaurants, I'd appreciate your advice on picking between the two. Thanks in advance!

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  1. As much as I love Blue Hill, I'd give the nod to Gramercy-in my book, they are one of the best restaurants in NY at this time...Michael Anthony's cooking is inspired. And the chocolate bread pudding is the best dessert in NY.

    1. I ate at Blue Hill last week and Gramercy in the past few months. Both are excellent, you can't make a mistake. I would lean a bit towards Blue Hill as there was something fresher about it... but if it was winter I'd pick Gramercy

      1. Agree that you couldn't go wrong with either choice. My most recent experience was Blue Hill and everything was top notch.

        If atmosphere is important, GT is much bigger and tables spaced a bit more. Blue Hill is small, dark and tight tables.

        1. I've been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns and if the Manhattan location is of the same caliber, I'd go with Blue Hill. GT is excellent, as well, but I was def more wowed with how innovative and fresh the cuisine was at Blue Hill.

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          1. re: kim e

            Thanks everyone. I'm also looking at the price difference and it looks like Blue Hill's tasting is about $70, while GT's is around $110. Anyone have any thoughts on the price difference, ie while both are "equally" good according to the replies so far, is Blue Hill just a much better value than GT, or is it just reflective of the fact that you get fewer courses or less food?

          2. I'd go with Blue Hill over GT for the creative fresh take on farm to table, but also for the experience. Be ready to put your trust in the chef...they will personalize the menu (the farmers feast) for you, (what you don't like) but be open to surprises. The staff is passionate about what they do and what they make...add the charcuterie plate to your dinner, wonderful hand made bologna and copa served by the young staff who create it. After numerous delicious, beautifully presented dishes, all I had to do was mention chocolate, and presto, a chocolate creation (not in the kitchens plan for the night) arrived to the table to end a wonderful night.