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Jun 16, 2009 04:15 PM

Gramercy Tavern

Went to the Gramercy Tavern for the first time Friday night and expected a great meal...................what a disappointment. My wife ordered the duck, it was so fatty and way too salty. I ordered the sea bass and it was just as salty as the duck. I don't think the portions could have been any smaller without being called an appetizer. My wife returned her duck but after tasting my sea bass didn't even want another dish. Seems like they are living off their reputation. They even charged us for a complete meal for my wife and the bill came to $300 with tip........wasn't in the mood to argue, we also each had 2 drinks a piece. Is this where this restaurant has gone to or did I catch them on a bad night?

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  1. I haven't been there yet, but have been lurking on this board for a long time and have been especially interested in GT - my recollection is that most people think GT is still excellent. I have a reservation at GT but the menu at the Tavern actually looks better to me so I think I may end up there. At any rate, I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience.

    1. I am not a fan of Gramercy Tavern's formal dining room. The dinner we had there in January was, for the most part, disappointing. Like your wife, I ordered the duck, though looking at the menu, I see the preparation has changed. The duck I had did not suffer from saltiness. Quite the opposite: it was totally bland and tasteless. And my first course, a strange foie gras concoction, suffered from the same problem. My husband had a pasta dish which he said was fine, and his rack of lamb (which I tasted) was properly cooked to his medium rare specification, had decent flavor, but was basically unexciting. My dessert tart and my husband's assorted sorbets and ice cream were fine. The one truly outstanding thing we had was the small pre-dessert.

      This is not the only disappointing meal we've had in the dining room. Back when Tom Colicchio was still associated with G.T., we had a tasting dinner that was far from rave-worthy. At that point, I had vowed never to return. But when Michael Anthony took over the kitchen, I decided to give it another chance. We first had two dinners in the more casual Tavern Room, both of which were excellent. Thus, we had high hopes for that January dinner in the formal dining room. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed. So, once again, I've taken Gramercy Tavern's dining room off my list.

      1. I agree with you and RGR. My dinner at Grammercy Tavern a couple of years ago was disappointing. I don't know if I had hyped it up or if it was truly bad. But everything was oversalted. Also, nothing impressed me. It was so unimpressive that I don't remember what I ordered. I just remember being disappointed. How unfortunate.