I had to have the crème brulée doughnut and boy, did this little guy not disappoint! While I was expecting a 'hard candy' exterior it was more sticky than crackling, but the flavours by far made up for it. The bitterness of the caramel was the perfect foil to a rich vanilla custard filling. The Valrhona, hubby's choice, was a solid yeast donut completely immersed in an excellent chocolate icing. The third, Tres Leches, was a winner for anyone like me, who loves sweetened condensed milk. A cake doughnut with pockets of sweetened condensed milk in a milk icing. I expected the doughnut to be also dipped in milk like the cake it's named after but really it was delicious as is.
I had a lot of trouble making a reservation for dinner, but I stumbled upon a great tip that Gramercy Tavern, my top pick in NYC, has a front room that does not require reservations. We therefore had plans to have dinner quite early to avoid any wait times. So we decided to stop by Aaron Sanchez's, of Food Network fame, Tacombi, in Nolita. This adorable taqueria serves authentic latin fare in rustic surroundings reminiscent of an outdoor restaurant complete with a VW kitchenette and mood lighting. Walking from the cold into this little spot really warms your heart; sitting down eating tacos really warms your stomach.
Following some shopping and a bit of resting time, we headed to Gramercy Tavern for 5:45 hoping to avoid waiting to eat in the front room. We were told it was an hour wait and we decided to walk around a bit. We returned after 30 min to make sure we wouldn't miss our turn and were seated probably within 45 min of giving our name, which was pretty sweet. The front room serves a four course Tavern Menu for 48$ or a short à la carte menu. We both chose the Tavern Menu and it was a great value.
The first course of Arctic char tartare was my favourite. Every component of this dish brought something to the table, pardon the pun, and complemented each other while highlighting the star, the fish.
The little sundae was a great treat, good quality ice cream, cooked apples and little circles of puff pastry. It was slightly sweet for me but still really good.
I would love to return next time to the dining room.