Gramercy Tavern


  1. Very fortunate to cross paths with Gramercy Tavern's Nancy Olson. What followed was an exchange of emails that led to an invitation to spend the day in one of New York's (arguably, the nation's) most noteworthy restaurants. What follows is a snapshot of the day, from morning muffins, to a trip to the market, to family meal with the Tavern crew.
    Blueberry Muffins and just-squeezed orange juice greet us               ​
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    Prep work starts early; a quick look in the kitchen before heading to the market              ​
    found a flurry of activity.             ​
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    Head Porter 'Mo' (L) presents fresh mint to Pastry Chef Nancy Olson for her inspection at the                Greenmarket on Union Square.               ​
    The market is used throughout the week to keep Gramercy well stocked with local produce.               ​
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    "We don't buy strawberries until we see them in the market."              ​
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    The Greenmarket is a ridiculous tease to those of us not stationed in New York.              ​
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    After exploring Michael Romano's The Family Table, it was truly a magnificent               ​
    honor to share the family meal with the staff of Gramercy.              ​
    The responsibility of preparing the staff meal falls on the shoulders of various cooks,              ​
    yielding a multicultural feast that never sees the public, nary only the              ​
    crew of the restaurant gets to partake.             ​
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    "Good food is not enough. It's about how the experience makes you feel"              ​
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    Gracious hospitality does not always come with a menu and price.              ​
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  1. jim berman
    @cacioEpepe she is a wonderfully gracious and knowledgeable hostess. We were truly honored to be her guest for the day and to share in her experience.
    Thank you for you feedback!
  2. cacioepepe
    Nice piece. I used to work in the Union Square Hospitality Group family and Nancy was beloved by all. She's extremely talented and trains a team to execute her vision.
  3. jim berman
    Thank you! It was a great trip! Everybody there is obviously passionate about their mission and very hospitable; they define elegance in service.
    We were supposed to do a brief meet 'n greet with Danny, but he was tied up with the Big Apple BBQ going on up the street. We stopped by there, but it was CRAZY packed with thousands and thousands of people. Did get to see some great pits and smell some amazing smoky food. No samples, though; lines were, in some cases, a hundred deep!
  4. nicko
    Great piece. Did you get to meet Danny Meyer?
  5. colleens
    What a terrific opportunity to go behind the scenes at this world renowned restaurant! Great pics as always.