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May 1, 2009 10:56 AM

My dinner at Tavern

First of all, it's beautiful. The atrium is especially wonderful, but it's important to request a table that's not against the back wall - every other table has big mirrors so no one is actually looking at a wall, unless you're in the back - where you'll stare at brick.

Menu is small - 6 starters, 6 entrees. Bar menu is a little more extensive, and both are available no matter where you sit. Bar menu is small plates, a la AOC. Main dining menu is Provencal French and similar to Lucques.

Main Menu: There's a french version of a caesar salad, a dungeness crab salad, and other starters, all around $15+. Entrees include a Beef Daube to die for (literally!) served with a tomato confit and pureed carrot, a mustard crusted Chicken that we wiped clean of the potato&leek side that came with it, and Pork Chop that my friend is still talking about. Also on the menu is Mussels/Clam and a Hangar Steak and Lamb. Sorry, don't know details on those, but everything is at the $26-$28 mark.

Bar Menu has 3 types of burger (turkey, beef, tuna), and many different small plates (we tried the cheese puffs - not the highlight of the night).

The "lounge" has reserved seating, and the bar is long (about 20 seats), most people eating at the bar. There are a few oversized chairs in a conversation area. I really think the lounge should be a lounge, and leave the atrium as the formal seating area. That bar crowd will soon overtake the diners. My only complaint is the choice of wines by the glass, it's an odd selection, but there are about 6 whites and 6 reds that vary from $8 - $15

For a first night, everything ran extremely smoothly, with the owners and GM's stopping by every so often to see how it all is. Everyone seemed very happy to be there, with every table gushing over their meal.

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  1. thanks! do you recall the price range of the burgers?

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    1. re: wilafur

      Burgers are $15. French fries (on the bar menu) are $7, I believe.

      1. re: yogachik

        Did you guys have a chance to try the burgers at all? Do tell...

        1. re: yogachik

          so $22 for a burger and fries? eek. haha.

          1. re: wilafur

            I agree - eek is right. That better be a FINE burger, as in, better than homemade!

            1. re: wilafur

              I read it as $14 - $15 (depending on meat) with choice of fries or salad. Maybe I read it too quickly?

              1. re: bruinike

                "Burgers are $15. French fries (on the bar menu) are $7, I believe."

                pretty clear to me.

                1. re: wilafur

                  I don't remember if the fries were included with the burger because I just looked at the bar menu, didn't order from it (burger is not on main menu), but the fries are definitely on the bar menu as a "small plate", listed separately. If the fries are included with the burger, that'd be great, and maybe someone will report back.

                  1. re: wilafur

                    I meant I may have read the actual bar menu at Tavern when I stopped in today too quickly and not the above post. We'll know soon enough.

                    1. re: bruinike

                      Just had the delicious turkey burger which is made with tomato confit with romesco on top on a buttered and griddled challah bun. Comes with choice of fries, onion rings or salad for $16. Beef and Pork burgers are $17 also with choice of side included. Bar/lounge was packed by 7PM.

          2. Tavern L.A. is a major spot -- how many tens or hundreds of thou have been spent? They did a big web premier. But no menu. No pricing. I just don't understand it.

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            1. re: nosh

              Uh, let's open. Should we charge $14 for the burger? $16? $12? Who knows? Include fries, don't include fries? What do you think folks'll pay? Shhh...don't put anything in writing...

              1. re: nosh

                There you go!! Gotta say, she's gotten a bit big for her britches, if you know what I mean!

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Yeah, I think the whole AOC style is played out and needs a new direction.

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              1. What do you mean by "odd selection of wines"? I would guess the selection is in line with AOC...