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Dinner at Gramercy Tavern -- I don't get it (longish)


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Dinner at Gramercy Tavern -- I don't get it (longish)

Cliff | Sep 22, 2002 11:11 AM

Thia past Sat. night saw four of us at Gramercy Tavern for dinner. The service was excellent. Appetizers included marinated hamachi (subtle, delicate), sweetbreads (ok, but not memorable) and tuna tartare (fresh but nothing unique). Another app. was roasted lobster, a $10. surcharge. The entrees were salt-baked salmon (again nice, but not memorable) and roasted sirloin (pedestrian, with several slices of decent steak, no sauce, and a few cutesy carved vegetables). My cannoli dessert was pleasant, served over macerated raspberries with a tiny scoop of lemon-honey sorbet (the sorbet was the most unique taste of the evening). Others included warm chocolate cake and another that doesn't come to mind. The price: $68 prix fix pp., exclusive of drinks, tax and tip. My question is, in view of the raves this place regularly gets on this board, what was I missing? And, what did I eat that was worth $68 (figure $30 for the undistinguished steak, $10 for the app. and even $10 for dessert and I still come up with only $50). I might come off here as sounding cheap, but I'm not. (In fact, I didn't pay for the meal, but was taken as a guest). I do, however, look for a reason (unique food, atmosphere) to pay top dollar. All comments welcomed.

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