Recently I had dinner in the dining room at Gramercy, which is a world away from the bustling tavern in the front. It’s quiet and elegant, and you leave not just full but weirdly relaxed, having slowly savored three courses and an amuse bouche or two. I can’t eat like this all the time, but having such a meal is quite the treat. The food is sophisticated, creative, complex; the dishes making you think about every ingredient and they way they complement each other. And while someone in the kitchen had a heavy hand with the salt, overall it was excellent. My favorite part, however, might be the mini coffeecake they send you home with. Spend the evening with Gramercy and they’ll serve you breakfast in the morning.
Gramercy Tavern: 42 E. 20th St. For more information, visit gramercytavern.com.