WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

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WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Diane (Long Island) » Mon May 22, 2006 5:00 pm

Whenever I had planned to go to Gramercy Tavern, it was always pushed aside in favor of a newer, trendier place. While I was anxious to sample the cooking of the new chef at 11 Madison Park, or replicate an amazing dinner that we had at Cru last summer, or see if Chanterelle was still offering an ethereal breast of duck or the delectable tuna poached in olive oil from a recent dinner, I chose dinner at Gramercy Tavern to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. It was an excellent choice.

We started with a 2001 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrieres, which was poured while we were being served a couple of tastes from the kitchen. First up was a crostini with a puree of white beans next to a black olive tapenade, followed by a salad of micro greens with cubes of Pecorino. The wine was tight at first, but opened up nicely in the glass with minerals and apricots with a light citrus finish. It was incredible with the bites of Pecorino. We continued with the wine for our appetizers of oyster stew, roasted sweetbreads, and seared scallops.

Our next wine was a 1999 Clos du Caillou Les Quartz Chateuaneuf du Pape – a nice balance of fruit, earth, and game and an especially wonderful match to my husband’s entrée of seared sirloin with short ribs in a beef consomme and accompanied by spaetzle. The wine also worked well with our “meaty” fish choices, especially my monkfish wrapped in pancetta. A cheese plate was ordered to finish up the wine, and then desserts, with the winner being a chocolate pecan tart with vanilla ice cream. The chocolate mousse cake and caramel ice cream, while delicious, was no competition for the chocolate tart. A plate heaping with cookies and “happy birthday” written in chocolate sauce was a lovely touch. More sweets, and a blueberry muffin to take home was a nice conclusion to our stellar dinner.
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Robin Garr » Mon May 22, 2006 6:15 pm

Diane (Long Island) wrote:I chose dinner at Gramercy Tavern to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. It was an excellent choice.


Happy birthday, Diane! Gramercy Park is one of those classics - sort of like Union Square - that just keeps on keeping on.
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Dale Williams » Mon May 22, 2006 9:47 pm

Thanks for notes. I DO like Sauzet. And 1999 CdPs seem to really fit a niche for earlier drinking.

Gramercy Tavern is so ....fun. Not that food is outrageously exciting, but it's comfort food - for foodies. And service and atmosphere is as damn close to perfect (yet not stiff) as it can be.
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Diane (Long Island) » Mon May 22, 2006 10:47 pm

Happy birthday, Diane! Gramercy Park is one of those classics - sort of like Union Square - that just keeps on keeping on.[/quote]

Thanks, Robin. "Sort of like Union Square", but a notch classier.
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Diane (Long Island) » Mon May 22, 2006 10:51 pm

Gramercy Tavern is so ....fun. Not that food is outrageously exciting, but it's comfort food - for foodies. And service and atmosphere is as damn close to perfect (yet not stiff) as it can be.[/quote]

The service was impeccable. I brought the wines, and they were handled beautifully. When we entered and gave our name, the hostess offered to hand the wines over to the sommelier. They couldn't have been nicer.
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby JC (NC) » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:13 am

Gramercy Tavern is my favorite NYC restaurant (not that I've tried them all of course).
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:52 am

Diane, are you the lady that plays the cello? If so, when is that CD ready?!!
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Diane (Long Island) » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:03 am

Bob - I take that as a compliment, but that would be Dale's wife, Betsy. The amusing thing is, you are not the only one to confuse us.

I never mentioned this to Dale, but at a NYC Volnay offline, one of the participants stopped me on my way out, and asked if I was the cellist. I told him I wish I were, but I pointed out Betsy to him.

If she has a recording coming out, I would certainly be on the lookout for it.
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Re: WTN: A White Burg and a CdP and Dinner at Gramercy Tavern

Postby Jenise » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:34 pm

What a dinner, Diane, sounds like you celebrated in style. Happy Birthday!

Sauzet is one of my favorite white burgundy producers, and your description helps me understand why--it's that apricot note you mention, which I hadn't figured out before. That kind of minerally stone fruit tang always puts a spell on me.
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