Pubs >The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern
54 Pearl Street, New York City, NY | Directions 1000440.703499 -74.011507
Neighborhoods: Financial District (Wall Street), Downtown, Financial District
The oldest bar or restaurant in New York, Fraunces Tavern is literally so old that George Washington ate there. The food has changed, but not much, and anyway, it isn't the point. The restaurant is a piece of living history, and to eat roast beef there is to link one's stomach with the founding fathers of the nation. Also, it's excellent roast beef.
Historic locale and traditional American fare in lower Manhattan. – In Short
Dating back to the city and the nation's beginnings, the tavern was first opened in 1762 and was a favorite haunt of George Washington's. Today, the restaurant features numerous dining rooms named for historic visitors and war heroes, decorated with white linens and chandeliers. The traditional American menu offers meatloaf, steak, various sandwiches and salads and desserts such as creme brulee and pecan pie.
Mediocre at best – Great ambiance, attentive and well-paced service with a European feel, and a menu filled with a variety of comfort food are the pluses here. Unfortunately, the food itself was just average at best. Appetizers, entrees and desserts suffered from a lack of variety in taste--all were nicely presented but none rose much above the level of something the average person could either cook for onesself or get at a well-run diner. The menu as a whole is overpriced considering the type and quality of food presented. On the whole, glad I went here, but wouldn't necessarily return or recommend to others.
A Jewel Unfound By Many – I am new to the city and found Fraunces by accident. I have been there with family from out of town and with my wife. Its tucked away and is a treasure in its own right! I have been there about 10 times and the food is fantastic along with the service. I have nothing negative to say about the place. The amazing history along with the food makes every dining experience perfect! I hate to tell others about the place because I want it to stay my own little dining get away. We usually only have one or two couples dining with us and the dining rooms are beautiful. I dont know what else to say. Go and see it. You will not be unsatisified! A.Michl (Staten Island)
Outstanding food and great atmosphere – Hundreds of years ago George Washington frequented Fraunces Tavern. Now you can too. While the second floor of the tavern is occupied by a museum, the first floor is divided between a restaurant and a bar. The restaurant serves outstanding food at prices that would make even a wall street tycoon think twice. I had a game hen and my companion ordered the vegetarian dish. We were both extremely satisfied with the meal, and found the whole dining experience very enjoyable. The decor has an old yet comfortable motif, and the staff is extremely courteous. The Fraunces bar is a favorite of mine. The drinks are a little pricey, but the atmosphere is great. The lounge in the back is a treasureabout which few patrons know.
Slow service ranks with Denny's – Have eaten here many times. Love the historic building and the food, but this restaurant cannot handle a busy day. Whenever it's busy, the service is very slow. A lunch could take 2 hours or more. They are understaffed both in the kitchen and in the dining room.
Dine in a historical atmosphere – The historical atmosphere should be reason enough to pay Frances Tavern a visit. The food was great and the water made the evening unforgettable. I am definitely going back.
An American Treasure – Amazing renovation-original murals and historical artifacts adorn this colonial, yet contemporary prize! The seafood cobb salad with chunks of fresh crab and lobster meat is so good, it's hard to try something new. For the meat lovers, the rack of lamb is a mouthwatering favorite. Don't forget to leave room for the homemade deserts! For an after work cocktail, or a business luncheon- this downtown landmark does not disappoint.
Unpalatable – Do not go out of your way to eat at this tavern. The food was expensive, undercooked and tasteless. My pumkin soup tasted like a thick chicken broth without a hint of pumpkin flavor. The meatloaf served to me was in the shape of a small, round meatball. When I cut through the meatball I noticed that the meat had not been fully cooked. Red, stringy meat dominated the center of the meat. No free refills on soda. Each glass costs $3.00.
Historic spot with modern fare – This historic restaurant is lovely and comfortable. The menu isn't big, but anyone could find something they'll like. I've been there 3 times and really enjoyed each meal. But be warned --- the service is slow. So if you have to be out in under an hour, eat elswhere.
Fantastic! – Excellent food accompanied by friendly, knowledgeable staff. The ambiance was perfect for my business lunch and also a great place to entertain friends and loved ones. Not to mention the building is rich with american history, as it also houses a museum. I'd recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.
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