I've been to Gotham several times in the last year, principally because seemingly every time I check for a last minute reservation on opentable at a high end restaurant, Gotham is available at convenient times. This is rarely the case for other comparable restaurants, including places like Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern that, like Gotham, provide excellent food and service, have reasonably large dining rooms, and have been open for a long time. (When I checked today for a reservation for tonigh, a 7:30 table for Blue Hill came up, but by the time I clicked on it, it was gone!).
Based on my recent experiences, Gotham is as good as ever. (They've had a steak special on the menu the last several times I've been that may be the best steak I've ever had, albeit at $80!) What's going on? Why has Gotham fallen out of favor? ("Fallen out of favor" probably is an overstatment. They still do a very good business. But why is it such an easy reservation?)
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003