The Gramercy Tavern is still my favorite restaurant in NYC. It has been our special celebration spot for years, but I thought I really should try something different for Sean’s birthday this year. Big mistake! If I went against my practice of only writing about the good places we find, there would be some colorful language here about an appalling eatery under the stewardship of Tom Colicchio. The only good thing about it was that it was in walking distance of the Gramercy Tavern, where we were welcomed back with open arms. They take so much pride in their service, and their seasonal displays are works of art. Not only did the birthday boy received a complimentary glass of pop and a very superior chocolate dessert, but the staff came out to show just how much they’d missed us. How could we ever go anywhere else?!