So often in Manhattan we are told there is this spot you have to try. It is good food, but your service might be slow. The other common voice heard is the restaurant is so beautiful, but don’t be surprised if the soup comes out cold.
On the Upper East Side there is a spot that will not leave you compromising. Tavern62 by David Burke has it all – amazing food, fantastic presentation and service that is truly impeccable.
We cannot give enough praises to this divine restaurant that offers up American Fare with a twist of imagination that only a creative chef can bring to the city. Whimsical and delightful are words we use along with praise and applause.
Tavern62, which is the first original NYC concept for world-renowned Chef Burke and ESquared Hospitality, showcases Burke’s award-winning craftsmanship of creating excellent food and drinks. And just as importantly there is the superb level of hospitality here that outshines the competition. Along with Executive Chef Paul Winberry, the team has hit a homerun.
The neighborhood was lacking this – a place where you feel you are getting the best of a fine dining experience without a stuffy, anxious moment. Here you are eating full-heartedly with your eyes and your stomach. And, best of all you are having a blast while doing it.
Walking in to the doors of Tavern62 reminds one of entering Disney World for the first time as a kid. Your eyes gleam with excitement at the landscape. Amusement and wonder await you as you walk from the downstairs bar, up to the captivating dinning room. Full of glorious character, it just makes you smile.
Servers greet you with warmth and ordering dishes is not intimidating, but rather a joy. From start to finish you are experiencing lovable passion for food and drinks that is being shared graciously with you and your companion.
Starters are unique and refreshing from the same old humdrum. The Asparagus, Tomato and Burrata Salad is mouthwatering and a perfect way to start your meal. The Wheatgrass Noodles mixed with vegetables and peppers is not heavy, but rather fluffy and smooth with a nice kick.
Main entrees are all superb and hard to pinpoint what will make the night even better. A favorite is the Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut. The fish is prepared to a warm, buttery perfection and is served in a beautiful vegetable broth with artichoke and asparagus. Other phenomenal dishes include a Tavern Burger, Peking Pork Shank, Roasted Natural Chicken and a lovely Ginger & Pepper Crusted Salmon.
Leave room for a fantastic dessert selection. The menu is based around American-style sweets that include Chef Burke’s famous Cheesecake Pops, as well as a unique Chocolate Waffle Cake for two. When they are brought out you cannot help but feel euphoric.
Cocktails are full of flirty fun. Tropical Heat with Herradura Tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and chili oil will warm up your taste buds. The Not Mom’s Apple Pie with Woodford Reserve, Hard Cider and Cinnamon Syrup will make you sing. There is also an impressive wine list and tasty beers.
Located on East 62nd Street, the 3,265 square foot space and its quirky features were the collaborative vision of Chef Burke and renowned interior designer Andres Escobar. Situated on the first two levels of a classic townhouse, the bi-level restaurant seats approximately 135 patrons. There is a phenomenal bar and several private dining spaces including a library room and solarium on the second floor.
The restaurant is ideal for any dinning experience – from afternoon tea to dinner or brunch you simply cannot go wrong with a time to go and be a part of it all. This is a captivating experience that needs to be absorbed by foodies and those just looking for the best meal in town.
The restaurant’s hours are 5pm – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5pm – 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for dinner service, with lunch and brunch hours. Visit Tavern62 online at www.tavern62.com, Facebook.com/Tavern62 and on Twitter/Instagram at @Tavern62.