Gramercy Tavern - New York City

One of the things I enjoy about some Dined There experiences is when there are no set expectations for a restaurant and I end up really relishing it. Outside: New York City's Flatiron District, inside: the well manicured, rustic Town & Country-looking Gramercy Tavern. Part tavern & part dinning room, fresh flowers and vibrant murals in the later give the impression that you're looking out at rolling hills and lively gardens from within a warm wood, California Spanish Revival ranch. A great visual metaphor of their farm to table approach. The tavern section does not accept reservations and is more casual than the dinning room, appointed with unique one off pieces of American art to match Executive Chef Michael Anthony's American cuisine. The Michelin Guide has awarded the Gramercy Tavern one Michelin star every year since 2005 and describes their cooking as "a refreshing lack of over elaboration on the plate that demonstrates the confidence of the kitchen." The restaurant is part of Danny Meyer's non-tipping Union Square Hospitality Group, and the team believes in giving back to its community by supporting several charities & local initiatives. This unassuming spot chosen for Sunday brunch, which I've come to learn is a favorite of many locals, left quite the impression on me, and I hope you enjoy my Dined There brunch preview as much as I enjoyed discovering this gem.

Lamb Campanelle, Collard Greens, Pecorino & Walnuts

Kale & Brussels sprouts Salad, Sliced Apples, Quinoa, Almonds, Romano Cheese

Duck Breast & Sausage, Charred Onion, Rosemary, Trumpet Mushroom 

Pork Loin & Deckle, Ramps, Lentils & Rhubarb

Pear, Walnut Buckle, Blue Cheese, Custard & Port Sauce

Stef Ferrari of Life & Thyme describes dinning at the Gramercy Tavern like "going to a family friend's house- or your favorite uncle's on Christmas, just with way better food". Hopefully this has given you the desire to feel like you're at home away from home at the Gramercy Tavern next time you're in New York City. Fun fact: Up until 2016 Danny Meyer owned Eleven Madison Park and there was a time when Gramercy Tavern was the more popular of the two! For more information please visit .

Wondering how or why the Gramercy Tavern has received a Michelin star since 2005? Check out my "Who, What, When, Where Why Michelin Star Guide" here.


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