We hit up the Savoy Tavern and Bistro last night in a sort-of spur of the moment decision, and a decent decision it was! This is yet another restaurant I have not been in since before I became a parent. It’s a pretty small and intimate space, and not really the place to bring super-young child, but now that my child is officially out of that toddler age, we decided to give it a shot.
While my mom and cousin purred over their Clinton cocktails (Vanilla Stolichnaya vodka, lime, and sugar. Served up. $7)) I had a glass of Cava ($6) and we perused the menu.
Savoy has a decent side(s) menu (collard greens, cornmeal waffle with honey butter, soup, salad, mac and cheese, etc.) so I attempted to get my child to order a side of mac and cheese and some French fries for dinner (I know, I know, not the healthiest, but they are the tried and true kids’ foods, and I didn’t want a fuss). However, as per usual, he looked at me like I was insane and ordered the spaghetti and meatballs while I rolled my eyes. (Sometimes this happens where I let him order a real entree after trying to push fries, and when the entree comes he asks “where are my fries??” Ugh).
I decided on the special of the evening which was a grilled salmon with Asian pasta and shrimp, while my mom ordered fried chicken and my cousin went with the sides combination meal of succotash, roasted carrots and soup.
As soon as the food came, this happened:
The kid was not disappointed and proceeded to eat the majority of the pasta, meatballs, and half the delicious garlic bread that came on top (see somewhat blurry photo above).
As usual I forgot to take pictures until after I had torn the elegantly plated meal apart and started shoving mouthfuls into my pasta hole. Nevertheless, here is a shot of my deliciously light pasta dish, after I had taken a few enormous bites:
I didn’t get photos of the other two plates, but I can tell you there was not a crumb left on either. Basically, nothing sucked. The serving sizes were decent, and the spaghetti and meatballs dish is more than worthy of a youth after soccer practice (just ask mine).
In a nutshell: Savoy tavern smells amazing. The aroma wafts out into the street and pulls you in, and once you’re inside, the food is as good as you hoped.
Must have: I would say ordering the three sides is a good way to go if you don’t want to gorge yourself, however the pasta dishes were hefty without being heavy, if you know what I mean. Everything is good and will probably make decent leftovers if you can’t eat it all.
What to watch out for: There’s no kid’s menu, so unless your kids like mac and cheese, fries, or adult food, you might want to come without them.
If you’re on a budget: Come during happy hour (4PM-6PM daily). There is a generous and affordable happy hour menu and the drinks are cheaper. If you can’t make happy hour, you can always order off their delicious “sides” menu.