Gramercy Guide 2017

I recently moved to an apartment in Gramercy, a part of New York City known for its iconic park and residential buildings. The word Gramercy is derived from the French term “grand merci” or “big thanks.” Today, I give many thanks to those who run the impressive restaurants in the area.

When I joined the neighborhood, I knew that I would savor many meals, drinks and live music sets at Maialino and Rose Bar. Aside from my favorites at the Gramercy Park Hotel, I had much to explore.

This guide includes the places that I have enjoyed so far. If you find yourself hungry while east of Madison Avenue, between 14th to 23rd Streets, try one of these spots that made my list:

  • Cosme: Get their unique dishes, the uni tostada and corn husk meringue dessert. The duck carnitas – a signature course - cocktails, raw fish and lobster are also delightful. Ordering guacamole is frowned upon.


  • TsuruTonTan: Why have just caviar or just uni on your fresh noodles, when you can have both? The epitome of too much goodness. Spicy tuna cones are tasty and also adorable. The Dassai 50 sake is sweet and balanced.


  • Casa Mono: Michelin-star-awarded tapas served in a cozy joint. I recommend the razor clams and foie gras. Grab an after-dinner cocktail at the cozy, upscale Dear Irving across the street.

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  • Javelina: You won’t need to eat for a week after a meal at this Tex-Mex standout. Get the spicier queso, steak fajitas and puffy tacos. All pair well with a fresh margarita!


  • Lantern: Tasty Thai food. The udon basil noodles are spectacularly spicy.


Stay tuned for another post dedicated to bagels and coffee in the area. Au revoir for now.