Gage & Tollner Returns on March 15

The PR blitz is on as the new owners of Gage and Tollner prepare for its re-opening on March 15. Stories have appeared in the Times and on NY1, both emphasizing nostalgia and innovation, as the 1879 restaurant re-creates itself for a 2020 clientele.

The new G&T is brought to you by the owners of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance and Gowanus’ Insa, who recognize that stalwarts of the restaurant’s previous incarnations will come with high expectations, but the proprietors also acknowledge that the dining scene, especially in Brooklyn and downtown, is not what it was when the restaurant closed in 2004.

“Right now, we’re getting a lot of feedback from the Gage & Tollner superfans,” Mr. Frizell said. “But really that’s going to be less than 5 percent of our audience, so we’re going to have to play to a bigger crowd.”

The past will be present in the landmarked interior: the wooden revolving door, the chandeliers, the portico. According to the Times, the renovation has cost $2 million.

The menu will include old standbys like she-crab soup ($19), Parker House rolls ($8), and shrimp scampi ($32); they will be joined by cauliflower steak ($28), fermented kale slaw ($9), and clams Kimsino ($19), items unrecognizable to the old steak-and-martini crowd.

Speaking of martinis: the cocktails on the opening meny are nearly from the original Gage and Toller cocktail list.

The restaurant’s new website is up and running. Gage and Tollner is located at 372 Fulton Street and can be reached by calling 347-689-3677. (It does seem rather a shame that the place has one of those new non-NYC area codes.)

Please read the original story in the Times for more details and to support the reporters and publications who are out there doing the work. And do check out the comments section, where you’ll see our own TK Small checking in.

Photo: Steven J via Wikimedia Commons, used with permission.




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  • Arch Stanton

    Great news! G&T was one of my faves back in the day. It sounds like the new owners have the right approach, I hope they can make it work.

  • Claude Scales

    The new menu looks encouraging. There’s one item from the old menu that I regret was not revived. That’s Crabmeat a la Dewey which, like the writer of the Lost City piece I’m linking, I at first assumed was named in honor of Admiral Dewey, hero of Manila Bay, but I later learned was named for G&T’s chef from many years ago. At least I have the recipe; unfortunately, my wife is allergic to green peppers.

  • Jeremy

    Hey Claude, 347 is a legit NYC area code since the 90s! :)

    That said, G&T’s original phone number — TRiangle 5-5181 — which they had right up to the closure, is still available. Maybe they can hook it up to the payphone in the back!

  • Teresa

    I wrote the article & the 347 comment & I stand by it. Classic NYC it is not. 😉—


  • Jorale-man

    I hope they can make a success of it. I worry a bit that the location will turn some people away, but OTOH, it is convenient to many subway lines.

    Nice to see it’s no longer the tacky jewelry shop with the pink drop ceiling, too.

  • Jeremy

    Oh, sorry Teresa!

    I enjoyed the article, even if my reading skills are poor.

    Now the question is, do you consider 718 a classic or only 212?!

  • Reggie

    I would say that both 212 and 718 are “classic” because they are, now were, more strictly grounded in a specific geography.

  • Teresa

    718 definitely! One of my regrets when I got my mobile phone was not requesting a 718 number when they were still available.

  • C.

    Now if only they could fix up the building to the left with the hideous sticked on “DVD” signage over the windows. There are so many gorgeous buildings on Fulton Street with boarded and/or bricked up windows.

    On the restaurant, I wish them well. It looks great, but I don’t think they will last longer than a year or two. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Arch Stanton

    Also, rotary dial phones were still in use when the 718 was created. I don’t know why that is a qualifier for it being an classic NYC area code, but it is.

  • MaryT

    Cocktails, clams and kale slaw – perfect together! Can’t wait..

    I do hope servers will be wearing the traditional long, lovely aprons. And that Brooklyn bosses will once again do deals across G & T white linen table clothes.

    Nostalgia, anyone?

  • Banet

    I’m afraid they picked the worst possible time to open a new restaurant. Within a few weeks I don’t know ANYONE will be eating out. :-/

  • KXrVrii1

    I would look at it the opposite way – when rotary phones were a thing, the more prestigious numbers were the ones with the lowest total clicks.

    I.e. 212 = 5 clicks, very fast, like other prestigious cities at the time (DC = 202, Chicago 312)

    So by that standard, the most prestigious / least click NY prefixes are:

    212 = 5
    347 = 14
    646 = 16
    718 = 16

  • Arch Stanton

    Technically, pulses not clicks.
    DC would be 14 clicks, as 0 followed the 9 at 10 clicks.
    Also, prestigious numbers were, and still are, ones that end as an even thousand X,000. Or like the song… PENnsylvania, Six, Five, O, O, O,
    But that’s a helluva lot o clicks…

  • Joey

    Too bad that classic vertical sign on the building is not returning.