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Craftbar or the Tavern @ Gramercy Tavern?

corneygirl Feb 8, 2012 10:19 AM

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!


Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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    RGR RE: corneygirl Feb 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    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?


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      corneygirl RE: RGR Feb 8, 2012 12:26 PM

      Thanks for the warning about the tax! I have accounted for that. I'm open for suggestions if you have other ideas. We're staying in midtown, but I'm comfortable with the subway. Thanks for your input!

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        RGR RE: corneygirl Feb 8, 2012 02:13 PM

        Just to be clear, the $100 is for both of you and includes the tax? If so, that would bring the budget down to around $90 for food only.


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          corneygirl RE: RGR Feb 8, 2012 04:23 PM

          I'm budgeting $100 for just the food, tax, tips and drinks on top of that (I know that can add up, but we'll split a bottle of wine - I've looked at the lists). Thanks!

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      sheio RE: corneygirl Feb 8, 2012 11:15 AM

      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!

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        roze RE: corneygirl Feb 8, 2012 02:04 PM

        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.

        1. corneygirl RE: corneygirl Feb 28, 2012 09:55 PM

          To report back...

          Ended up going to Craftbar, great meal and great service. Thanks for all your advice, next time I'll try the Tavern Room.

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