Just back from a wonderful lunch at Gramercy Tavern. For starters, the butternut squash risotto with shrimp was a real winner-creamy and very nuanced. The carrot soup was also very nice, not too heavy. The arugula and turnip salad was fine, but I'm not a salad person.
Next up was the braised lamb shoulder, which was delicious-tender, flavorful, perfect. The sirloin and short rib ravioli was also excellent, and Brussels sprouts that came with it were great. The black bass was also very good, buttery and with a nice complement of flavors (apples and walnuts.)
Dessert included a warm chocolate bread pudding (I could have had another), a souffle-like pumpkin cheescake with lime sherbet and a chocolate mousse with mint cream.
Another grace note-they still offer 6 or 3 oz servings of wine by the glass, and a nice selection it is.
All this, along with the usual perfect service on a cold day, made for a perfect lunch. I noticed Chef Anthony at the serving station, looking over the room, and even delivering some items to the tables. I'm just sorry I don't have another reservation so I could try the rest of the menu.