Craftbar or the Tavern @ Gramercy Tavern?
I will be in NYC for a conference and as a bonus I my Mom can come up from CT for a night! I want to take her out for a nice dinner as a late Xmas gift...
We don't get much time together and I want to be able to enjoy our meal and conversation without feeling rushed.
I've chosen these 2 because I've heard many good things and they fit my budget of around $100 before drinks and tip.
Gramercy Tavern worries me since the Tavern doesn't take reservations - would this be a problem on a Sunday night?
Any feedback is appreciated!
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
I go to the Tavern room all the time and usually Sunday night doesn't have a long wait for two people. As RGR said before 6:00 you can usually walk right in and after that it really just depends. Honestly they are right around the corner from each other. I suggest trying the Tavern and if it's too full walk on over to Craftbar. I've also been there on a Sunday night and the crowd was quite small.
I have yet to visit Gramercy Tavern, but I had a great meal at Craftbar last fall. The waitress recommended the Berkshire pork for 2 and it was definitely the best dish at the table. I also got to try the wonderfully light veal ricotta meatballs, which are a Craftbar signature. I've read a lot of positive reviews for Gramercy Tavern and think either restaurant will offer a great meal experience!
Is that $100 for the two of you? Also, tax is nearly 9%, so are you including it in your budget figure?
How busy the Tavern Room is depends on when you get there. Early (5:30 - 6 p.m) and late (after 10 p.m.) are usually much less busy than prime time. We've only been there late and had no wait for a table.
Not been to Craftbar.
Are you interested in other suggestions for places that take reservations?