I knew about the secret (not on the menu) lunch special you can order at the tavern section of Gramercy Tavern, and I finally went in to get it last week. $16 gets you a soup and a sandwich, which changes daily. Check out Gramercy Tavern's twitter feed to find out what the soup and sandwich are for that day.
My friend and I sat at the bar and ordered the soup and sandwich special, not asking what kind of sandwich and soup was being served that day.
Bread and butter came out first, then the lunch special arrived.
First the sandwich: House-made Pastrami with Reading Cheese, Sauerkraut and Smoked Onion Aioli on Caraway Rye Bread, served nice and warm. With that, Celery Root and Apple Soup with Brussels Sprouts and Bulgur. Delicious and filling. Best lunch deal ever!
INFO: Gramercy Tavern | 42 East 20th Street btw Park Avenue South & Broadway | New York, NY 10003 | 212.477.0777
COST: $16, for soup and sandwich lunch special
LUNCH HOURS: Tavern section of Gramercy Tavern: Monday - Friday, noon - 3:30PM