Gramercy Tavern Brings Back Alumni for Dinners Celebrating 25th Anniversary
The iconic New York restaurant will host "Tavern Takeovers" every Monday through the summer, no reservations needed.
It's no small feat for a restaurant to stay open for 25 years, let alone remain an industry leader. Yet Gramercy Tavern, the beloved Union Square Hospitality Group restaurant in New York's Flatiron neighborhood, is celebrating a quarter of a century this year, in appropriately ambitious style. Every Monday throughout the summer, Gramercy Tavern alumni will return to the kitchen and cook for a "Tavern Takeover," adding a few of their own dishes to the restaurant's regular menu.
"The thought is to have front and back of house people show up on Monday evenings and do a dish that either represents their current business, or a walk down memory lane," chef Michael Anthony told Food & Wine. "Gramercy almost always acts with an internal goal—too familiarize the current team with illustrious alumni."
Indeed, some of the industry's biggest players have passed through Gramercy Tavern's kitchen, including Marco Canora, Jonathan Benno, Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati, and Fork executive chef John Patterson. "It’s not a ticketed event," Anthony added. "The amazing thing about this business is that it's always busy. There's never not a full house, and that gives us a chance to reach a maximum number of people."
Tavern Takeovers will take place in the Tavern on Mondays starting at 5 p.m., no reservations needed. Below, find the lineup for the series, and see the website for more information.
Director of Operations, Marta, Maialino, Caffe Marchio, and Vini e Fritti
Executive Chef, Marta
Executive Sous Chef, Pasquale Jones
NY Sales Manager for José Pastor Selections
Executive Chef, Untitled
Owner & Executive Chef, Geoff Lazlo Food - Boutique Catering & Events
Executive Sous Chef, Momofuku KO
Executive Chef, Manhatta
Executive Chef, DOSA | San Francisco, CA
Executive Chef, Post Office Pies | Birmingham, AL
Culinary Director, Shake Shack
Sous Chef, Manhatta
Executive Chef, Leonelli
Howard Kalachnikoff and Rafiq Salim
Former Chef de Cuisine and Sous Chef, Gramercy Tavern
Chef and Owner, Hearth & Brodo
Executive Chef, Miss Ada
Former Chef de Cuisine, The Grill
Executive Chef, Fork | Philadelphia, PA
COO Drive Change
Executive Chef, Frenchie | Paris, France