Gramercy Tavern: A Lovely Lunch In Manhattan

While in Manhattan, my brother asked me what I wanted to do during my visit, and I responded instantly with four words: “Gramercy Tavern” and “Kee’s Chocolates.”  They are two of my favorite food places, but let’s just devote this post to Gramercy Tavern, because it certainly merits its own post.  If you live near New York City and haven’t been to Gramercy Tavern, you need to get on that, ASAP.  Whenever I’m in NYC (which fortunately for me is fairly often), I make a point to eat here, because it is always a wonderful experience for the tastebuds AND eyes.  Let’s go through the 8 dishes my brother and I shared:

The picture above is of one of their first courses, Red King Crab with Radishes and Sunchokes.  I could eat this dish every day for the rest of my life.  The sunchokes and radishes are sliced very thinly so the flavor is delicate and they have a nice crunch, and the herbs and dressing with the poached crab are just sensational.  I live for moments like this.

The other first course we had was the Calamari and Carrot Salad with Toasted Pinenuts and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette.  Unfortunately my brother and I didn’t like this dish at all, as the flavors did not go well together for us.  Gramercy Tavern was kind enough to take it off our tab.

On to the entrees!  I chose the Pork Croquette with Red Cabbage, Aji Dulce Peppers, and Spiced Port Sauce.  The croquette was fried to perfection and the coating wasn’t thick at all (the sign of some serious culinary skills), and the meat inside was delicious.  The acidic cabbage paired perfectly with the pork, and the port sauce was nice too:

For his entree, my brother ordered the Flounder with Red Cabbage and Lobster Sauce.  He disliked it and ended up changing it to the sea bass (below).  The strongly acidic cabbage was very strange with the flounder, and we did not enjoy the sauce:

The Sea Bass with Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, and Currants on the other hand was OUT OF THIS WORLD.  The squash was perfectly browned, the currants were plump, and the fish was perfectly done:

We’ve made it to desserts!  My favorite part of any meal.  My brother ordered the Chocolate Bread Pudding with Cacao Nib Ice Cream.  The bread pudding was perfectly done.  Not mushy, not too stiff, and had a consistent texture.  It takes some serious work to have such a consistently moistened bread pudding, and the chocolate with it was sensational.  The cacao nib ice cream was delicious as well, with the nibs adding a lovely crunchy texture to the ice cream:

I ordered the Dried Cherry Cheesecake on Black Pepper Butter Cookie with Cherry Lemon Sorbet.  Deeeeeeeeeeelicious.  Where do I even start?  I could eat a bowl of the cherry lemon sorbet on its own.  And the sauce was incredible.  Some of you may be perplexed by the black pepper cookie, but it actually went very well with the creamy cheesecake:

We were also served a complimentary trio of bite sized desserts.  On the left, a White Chocolate Cassis (Cassis is blackcurrant, though honestly it tasted like passionfruit to me).  In the middle is a chocolate macaron.  Look at those feet!  Nancy Olson (the pastry chef) clearly knows her macarons.  And on the right, a bite sized lemon meringue tart.  Meringue perfectly torched, and the crust was very tender and crumbly:

The next time you are in Manhattan, treat yourself to a culinary adventure.  The service, the food, the ambiance, are all wonderful.  Thanks Gramery Tavern!