21 December 2011

Christmas at Gramercy Tavern

Once again I was with these amazing women

eating at one of the best restaurants in New York City.  I have had amazing experiences at Gramercy Tavern that always include a fabulous waiter and free desserts and this one did not disappoint.  Our four hour dinner began with a few photos.

The decorations were not up to La Grenouille standards but the food was better.  I was so excited to get our first course that I forgot to take pictures.  I let the server choose my first course and he chose the Smoked Trout with Cippollini Puree and Pickled Onions.  Delicious.  The girls had a Papperdelle Pasta with Lamb Ragu.  Amazing.  He also brought out the Ruby Red Shrimp with Cranberry Beans and Brussels Sprouts just because.  He chose perfectly and we started trusting all of his choices.

For the second course, I ate the Duck Breast & Confit with Sunchokes, Quince, Brussels Sprouts and Maitake Mushrooms. As Mer pointed out, this is very much my kind of food.

Trish and Mer both had the Red Snapper with Radish, Turnip, Bacon and Beet Broth.  There were chunks of pork belly in the broth.  Enough said.

Mer's reaction even before the dessert course.

For dessert, we let our amazing server choose them for us and it's like he knew us personally because he chose that well.

He started us off with this delicious taste of Grapefruit Pavlova.

And this is Jason.  Our adorable server bringing us complementary assorted pre-dessert drinks.

Our two unexpected desserts were the Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake with Sweet Cream Ice Cream and the Carrot Cake with Butter Pecan Ice Cream.  Those just sat in the middle of the table for our pleasure.

Our table was full of desserts.

Jason chose the Peanut Butter Semifreddo with a Chocolate Macaroon for me.

Mer had the Chocolate Pudding with Salted Caramel and Brioche Croutons.  And for Trish, a Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Cacao Nib Ice Cream.  Everything was a dream.

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