Saxon + Parole
I stopped in tonight specifically for the razor clams, because the description of that dish made me all swoon-y. It's lovely to look at, and it certainly isn't a bad plate o' food, but it tastes mostly of egg yolk and lemon. The poor clams were simply overwhelmed. I also had a celery gimlet, which was refreshing albeit too sweet for me, perhaps due to the verjus. But I have an extremely low tolerance for sugar + alcohol. Other things on the drink menu looked interesting as well, and I may go back for whatever it was that involved beets (for some reason, beets + alcohol is fine by me, even though beets are sugary).
I arrived just before six, so I had about 45 minutes of serene enjoyment before the hordes descended, and they were pretty icky hordes. The hyperactive suit leaning hard on my left shoulder couldn't beLIEVE there was no pinot grigio available. And little miss Squealy von Shriekerson to my right kicked up quite a fuss when her credit card was declined. Twice. So don't go on a Friday night is my advice to you, unless you like that sort of thing.
yes I went there on my last visit to NYC. here's my thoughts on it.
he food follows the trend of the moment, elevated comfort food. Some of it is very very good.
My friend and I decided to split some dishes so we got the chicken liver pot, the carrot ginger lemon soup with chili marshmallow and the asparagus salad and the burger. My friend was visiting from Berlin and hadn't had a hamburger in around a decade so she was really excited about it.
1. chicken liver pot, I expected this to be warm for some reason but it was cold and it was served in a jar with a layer of port and pepper gelee andover chicken liver pate. It was tasty but was missing some addition seasoning.
2. the carrot ginger and lemon soup with the chili marshmallow was amazing. I would go back for this soup. the soup without the marshmallow was complex and flavourful but with the addition of the sweet but spicy marshmallow it created a whole new taste. This was the must have dish for us.
3. the asparagus with poached egg, truffled hollandaise and pancetta, a very traditional dish. I found there was too much hollandaise sauce especially with the runny poached egg. But it servers me right for eating asparagus out of season.
4. The burger with Havarti cheese, bacon and a fried egg. It seems like every upscale place has to have an upscale burger and their version was pretty good. I love that restaurants in America aren't afraid anymore to cook meat rare and the maple bacon wasn't too sweet. The friend visiting from Berlin was very happy with her first burger in a decade.
The service was very good, attentive without being intrusive. We were seated in the front dining room which seemed to the quietest of the three dining spaces (bar booths, back dining room). The shabby horse theme was a bit much for me probably cause I had just come from a trip upstate to the horse obsessed town I grew up in. With all starters over 10 dollars and entrees in the 20-45 range it's not that cheap if you get a couple of courses.
We had already decided to go to Big Gay Ice Cream for dessert but the desserts all looked interesting.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Saxon + Parole
316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
No, still trying to find to get there but we love Public and The Monday Room and Chef Farmerie is connected to them as well as S&P so we have no doubts it will be at least as good. I agree with you, I've seen some photos and read the menu, looks/sounds great.
The Monday Room
210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012