Did a birthday lunch/dinner thing with my wife and parents last week. Lunch @ Nobu, dinner @ Gramercy.
Been to Nobu before, never to Gramercy. Was unsure my parents would like Nobu, thought for certain they would enjoy Gramercy. We all ended up liking Nobu better.
While the food at GT was not bad, it did not live up to my expectations.
-Appetizers: A mediocre celery root soup, good lobster with Middle eastern spices and chutney, and an excellent "fondue" of crab meat and sea urchin. This was a mixture of crab and urchin sauteed in a beurre blanc and served over crushed potatoes.
-Entrees were a disappointment. 2 of us had the loin/saddle of lamb, 1 sirloin/short rib combo, and 1 cod with potato crust and veggies. Everything seemed underseasoned and very plain. Lamb was good, but some salt would have been nice, the short rib was nothing special. I could make short ribs at home that are better than what we were served. The cod was good, but once again not very flavorful. Had far superior short rib/beef combo at Daniel and the Gotham rack of lamb
is still the lamb standard for me.
-Desserts were excellent and the high point of the meal. Had a chocolate ganache cake (the ubiquitous molten chocolate cake) and warm lemon souffle that were
not unique, but certainly good. A chocolate/caramel tart was excellent and the coconut tapioca was one of the best desserts I've ever had. It was a bowl of tapioca pudding with coconut. Caramel sauce and cilantro syrup drizzled over the pudding and a tuile with small scoops of passion fruit and coconut sorbet on top. If you go to GT, get this.
-Service was fine and friendly as advertised, but I felt more welcomed at Union Sq. Cafe. Our waiter rarely smiled and was almost robotic.
All in all, a perfectly acceptable meal, but didn't live up to the hype or price ($400 for 4 with a $40 bottle of wine and 4 coffees). IMHO, Gotham is still tops for New American in NYC. I'd like to return to GT though and give it another chance. May have just picked an off night (Friday at 5:30 was our seating).