A Look Inside The New Garces Trading Company


“This is basically Garces Trading Company 3.0” says General Manager Seth Lieberman. The Trading Company has recently reopened following the transformation of the retail cheese and charcuterie areas into an 18-seat zinc bar. Garces Restaurant Group has slowly transitioned The Trading Company (originally conceived as a marketplace where shoppers could pick-up imported cheeses, charcuterie, olive oil, and the like), away from the retail model towards one for dining. The effect of the renovation is seamless. Besides the olive-oil tasting area that divides the dining room from the bar, I doubt that the first-time diner would know that the restaurant was ever anything but a neighborhood bistro.

Despite the changes, Lieberman’s goal is that the restaurant remain casual and approachable–a neighborhood place, but one where each menu item is influenced by the ingredients that would have appeared in the refrigerated cases in those early days.

The new bar itself is pleasant, boasting a menu of classic cocktails (including a beautifully balanced Aviation), imported beers, and approachable wines, alongside adorned mozzarellas and small dishes of meatballs. What’s more, for the month of October the Trading Company is celebrating Garce-Tober, a promotion that, despite having a terrible name, is rock-solid. The entire bar menu of stretched-to-order mozzarellas (regularly $6), and meatballs (regularly $7) is available for $5 each between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 pm. Even better, beers, their five specialty cocktails, and wines by the glass are also only $5 each.

Check out some snaps from inside the newly-redesigned Garces Trading Company after the jump.


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  • Dan

    I honestly cannot comprehend how Garces conned the state into putting a wine store in his restaurant under the premise that it would be a BYOB/Market. Then he has the chutzpah to get rid of the market which he had long been marginalizing and turn the place in to a bar & grill that has also long charged corkage. So what is the point of the wine store now? How is this beneficial for the state? Why didn’t the state require a lease that says he can’t compete with them by selling his own stuff and charging corkage? This guy gets a weird pass in this town. I’m sure there are plenty of BYOB owner’s that would have killed for that wine store.

  • Alexander Smyth

    Hey Dan – Get a life…. Go GTC! I love this place, the food, drinks, and atmosphere are the best in town.

    ps Dan – Thanks for using the word chutzpah, I always wanted to know how to spell that word!