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By Lucianne Lewis

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In a city of food fashionistas, Gramercy Tavern, one of America’s most acclaimed restaurants, has been mastering trends since it opened in 1994.

In October 2013 they released The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, their first recipe book. At BeautyNews, we tend to use our kitchens sparingly and admit that our fridges contain more lipsticks than fresh produce. So it was the beautiful food photography and coffee table style which had us dialing for a reservation.

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The cream walls, dark wooden beams and vaulted arches create the classic feel of an American Colonial country inn, while the bold browns, fuchsia and turquoise of the wall mural and the huge arrangements of vibrant seasonal flowers breathe a New York in bloom feel throughout the eatery.

We worked our way through a delicious three course meal of the finest quality, Union Square-sourced produce punctuated with an amuse bouclé, a palette cleansing sorbet, and rounded off with a plate of petit fours. Despite the haute cuisine, the experience was unpretentious and the service warm. The highlight of the night, and possibly our lives, was the chocolate crackle on the generously stocked cookie plate. This melt in your mouth, chocolaty experience had us giggling like school kids as we sipped milk through our striped straws.

Cookie plate (2)

Whether you are a seasoned foodie or simply like good food, this is a special place!
For more information on The Gramercy Tavern and to make a reservation please visit

Join the Chef at Book Club

On March 12, the Slow Food New York Book Club will host an evening with Gramercy Tavern’s award winning chef and author of The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, Michael Anthony. To learn what’s hot this season in the world of food and to hear his insider view on the magic behind this New York restaurant scene institution, RSVP at

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Originally published March 2014
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