Chef Michael Anthony has trained in both Japan and France before returning to the United States to work in acclaimed restaurants such as Restaurant Daniel and Blue Hill. Chef Anthony took the position of Executive Chef at Gramercy Tavern in 2006. Gramercy Tavern is one of New York City’s most beloved restaurants, serving up seasonal New American cuisine. Chef Anthony believes in the importance of relationships with local farmers and utilizing the freshest, local ingredients. He goes so far as to bring his staff to visit local farms to learn about the ingredients they will be using in their dishes.
Opened in 1994 in a historic Union Square building by Danny Meyer, Gramercy Tavern has become one of America’s most acclaimed restaurants. The restaurant has earned numerous awards for its seasonal, New American cuisine, including eight James Beard Awards. Gramercy Tavern offers Prix Fixe dinner menus, and the dishes created by Chef Michael Anthony are both elegant and rustic in appearance and flavor, taking full advantage of making local and seasonal ingredients the star of each dish. Guests can select from a Three Course Prix Fixe Menu, Seasonal Tasting Menu, and a Vegetarian Tasting Menu. For those who elect the Three Course Menu, diners can choose between many dishes for a first course including, Beef Tartare, Chestnut Cavatelli, and Chicken & Lemon Soup. For a second course, the Pork Loin and Belly with Garlic, Collard Greens, and Hazelnuts is the perfect combination of flavor. Gramercy Tavern offers some unique yet delicious dessert options such as Caramel Quince with Black Pepper Ice Cream, and a Sorghum Funnel Cake to name only a few. For those guests who prefer the Vegetarian Tasting Menu, the offerings include Garlic Gazpacho with Grape and Almonds, Butternut Squash with Burrata, Chiles, and Mint, Celery Root with Kale and Breadcrumbs, and Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Cranberry Jam and Coffee Ice Cream. Lastly, diners can elect to indulge in the Seasonal Tasting Menu, which features the best of local, seasonal ingredients such as fresh fish, vegetables, and nuts. No matter what menu you choose, one can expect fresh ingredients with complexity of flavor and the impeccable service that locals and tourists alike have come to expect from Gramercy Tavern.
- James Beard Award; Outstanding Restaurant, 2008
- James Beard Award; Outstanding Chef, 2015
- One Michelin Star
Chef Tony is a 42-year veteran of the food industry and is often known by his peers as “The New Product Guru.” Throughout his illustrious culinary career, he’s earned several notable titles and positions including Acquisition International’s “Most Influential Product Development Expert, U.S.” in 2019.
In 1997, Tony also founded Culinary Systems Inc., a group of culinary consultants that assist with culinary training, restaurant start-ups, concept development, and more. Since then, Tony and his team have generated over two billion dollars in sales for their clients in restaurants, retail, and manufacturing.
The strategic, technical, and culinary skills of Tony and his team can be seen on the menus of national chains, in the portfolio of national food manufacturers, and on the grocery shelves of products produced by major retail companies.