dishes at gramercy, bar boulud?
I will be in town this weekend and have reservations at Gramercy Tavern and Bar Boulud. Any recommendations for particular dishes? Thanks!
For Gramercy Tavern, assuming you're going to eat dinner there, at formal room (since you have reservations), there are a number of nice items. BTW, you can switch in an item from the tasting menu if you're ordering the prix fixe meal and vice versa.
The lemon risotto with fennel and clams is excellent and not too heavy or creamy. The warm vegetable and farro salad is also very hearty and good. Also like the lamb parpardelle (just make sure you don't order the lamb for your main as well) and rack of pork (really tender because they cook it sous vide). I also liked the braised lamb shoulder but it got a little monotonous after a while. The steak or rack of pork are much better.
Save room for dessert! The chocolate bread pudding is great. So are the petit fours: plum jelly, blueberry-almond cake, and chocolate-peanut butter bon bon. Yum!
Ok, I've eaten my way through an embarrassingly large part of the Bar Boulud menu. Conventional wisdom (based on the NYT review) has it that the charcuterie is the best thing on the menu. Having sampled each and every one they have on offer right now, I agree: They are good. But also excellent are the boudin noir and blanc (esp. noir), butter poached halibut, arctic char, poached cod, diver scallops (in roughly that order). I've never had overcooked fish, there. The cauliflower gratin side is beautifully made, simple comfort food. The fig tart for dessert is... wow... just really good. And I'm not even a dessert person.
I haven't tried any of the red meat entrees or coq au vin, though a dining companion's coq au vin smelled so lovely on a recent visit, I had to try really hard not to look longingly at it while she ate. ;)
In general, Bar Boulud has a solid menu.
(Haven't been to GT for over a year, now, so I am probably not very qualified to talk about it.)
Just ate at GT Saturday night. The lamb papardelle was delicious as was the glazed duck. The standout was the chocolate bread pudding. I'm not a true chocolate lover, but it was amazing.
I second the charcuterie at Bar Boulud. I had the sampler last weekend and it was terrific. The rest of our dishes were fine, although nothing was as amazing as the charcuterie.