Brunch at Gramercy Terrace

Located at the top of the Gramercy Park hotel, Danny Meyer's newest restaurant feels like a hidden island oasis complete with hanging plants, a retractable roof and tiki themed cocktails.

I met up with a friend one Sunday and the place was absolutely hopping with a variety of hotel guests and locals alike.  Luckily I had a reservation so we were seated right away and given the drink menus.  I usually order a standard Mimosa at brunch but I just couldn't take my eyes off this Painkiller made with rum, coconut, pineapple juice and nutmeg.

This drink was was light and creamy with just enough citrus to make me feel like I was in the tropics somewhere.  The small food menu stuck to standard brunch options like a Sausage Biscuit Sandwich, Pancakes with macerated blueberries and a hefty looking Bison Burger.

I went strictly breakfast with two poached eggs, bacon and home fries.  The bacon was absolutely amazing...thick cut and layered with black pepper and maple syrup.  Tasha also went the breakfast route and ordered pancakes which were so light and fluffy I would be surprised if ricotta cheese was involved somewhere.  

Unfortunately the service wasn't the greatest.  We had to wait a long time to get our drinks and then again to order food. Luckily the atmosphere was so nice a long brunch didn't seem so bad and we both left full and happy.

Gramercy Park Hotel