Gramercy Tavern Taproom

by cochrancj

Famous for forever paragon of modern American cuisine in the Flatiron District.

What We Had

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My DH had the Marinated Pork Chop with Polenta, Crispy Kale and Cippolloni Onions – Deeply smoky, slightly spicy and tender pork with soft polenta and nice kale. Quartered onions aren’t his favorite thing, but this was a strong dish nevertheless.

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I had the Smoked Kielbasa with Grilled Spring Greens, Spatzle and Beets. The kielbasa was tasty and fatty and tasted like a grownup version of Hillshire Farms sausage. Yeah, I know, not what you exactly want to hear from a ‘hallowed ground’ eatery, but I happen to have a very fond attachment to that stuff (I’m originally from the Midwest). The spatzle had a nice mustardy kick and the beets brought a pleasant earthiness without tasting like dirt. The greens were a throwaway.

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We also had the Sweetbreads with Mushrooms, Bok Choy and Almonds. This was our favorite portion of the meal, hands-down. The sweetbreads were soft, pillowy and creamy – perfect; the additions were great; and the broth it was served in was amazing. Like holy crap amazing.

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We couldn’t pass up the Cheddar Bacon Biscuit special, either. I wanted to bathe in these little cheddary nuggets.

Decor

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Country fresh inspired decor with lots of wood, galvanized steel and huge limbed flowers.

Service

Good. Friendly, but crazy slow at checkout. To be fair, our server was all about personalized service, and that takes time.

Overall Impressions

A great meal, even though we had a 45 minute wait to be seated. Since they were estimating 1:30, not too shabby. The hostess was great about checking in with progress updates, too.

Having said that, we were both salted out by the end of the meal, and I was fat-laden from the sausage.

Rating

4.5 for salt content, post-meal check lag & the memory of that stellar chop from Vinegar Hill House. Still more than worth checking out. We will have to do the dining room tasting menu some time.

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