SHORT VERSION: Great food, great service and a great restaurant.
LONG VERSION: We liked this place as soon as we walked in. The hostess was very friendly and they seated us promptly. Our waitress was very bubbly and friendly. We selected tasting menus and once again, I asked for her to select a flight of wines. She (thoughtfully) asked if I wanted glasses of wine or a tasting flight. I selected the latter.
We really liked the room, or I should say rooms. It was by far the most diverse clientele that we had seen in any of the places wed been this weekend: young, old, lots of kids, black, white, asian. It had a really friendly vibe that we found irresistible.
The food was sensational.
We started with a salad of langoustines, artichokes and mache. Perfect. The waitress brought a viogner to accompany it, an excellent choice.
The second course was divers scallops with salsify fries and Jerusalem artichoke puree. A very nice dish and the salsify fries were both amusing and delicious.
The third course was a turbot with meyer lemon which I loved and my wife hated. The wine was an Ojai sauvignon blanc.
The fourth course was a fat wedge of unsmoked porkbelly that was delicious -if filling -and a really interesting segue between the fish and meat courses. My wife who is Chinese, commented that this was very much like Cantonese fatty pork. The wine was a Spanish red, a Teofilo Reyes.
The fifth course was venison for me and sirloin and shortribs for my wife. They very graciously allowed my wife to substitute whatever she wanted for the venison. My venison as just fine but my wifes dish was better, if a bit over the top. Sirloin and shortribs topped with foie gras and, then, as if that werent enough, bone marrow. Absolutely delicious though. The wine was an Italian red, a sangiovese the name of which I forget.
In keeping with the over-the-top motif, there were two dessert courses. The first was an explorateur tart with quince which I thought was terrric. The second was a chocolate sampler, a chocolate tart with three chocolate ices and a chocolate sauce. Our waitress very thoughtfully brought us fresh lattes with the chocolate course.
The bill was $254 plus a $50 tip. We were very pleased with Grammercy Tavern and its the kind of place that, if we lived in New York, wed eat at frequently.