I am planning my father's birthday dinner and am trying to decide between these two. I know that most people are going to recommend JG simply because of the Michelin stars and the higher Zagat rating. However, Gramercy Tavern is no slouch either. Cost is no issue and the prix fixe menus are similar anyway (98 at JG vs 86 at GT).
I have looked at both menus and am quite torn as to which to pick. The thing is my mother and sister are not the most adventurous eaters in the world. They tend to stick to pasta, chicken, and on the fish front more like lobster, crab, shrimp but are have recently opened up to trying different kinds like halibut, cod, sea bass, etc. They will NOT eat things such as sweetbreads, foie gras, squab, frog legs, or anything too foreign. Needless to say they aren't foodies like myself and are not too adventurous. After looking at the GT menu I am afraid they will be very limited in what they will like. The appetizers really aren't too appealing for them (maybe I can ask the kitchen to make them the mushroom lasagna from the Tavern menu which I have heard people have done).
As far as JG, more of the same. I think they will be fine with the second and third course. However, the first course really does not have much for them. Would they allow them to select two dishes from section two instead of 1 from section 1 and 1 from section 2 perhaps?
And then of course you have to factor in that JG is more formal and jackets required, which can be a pain. But just on a restaurant/food/ overall experience level where would you go?
All feedback is appreciated and welcomed. Thank you.