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New Tavern, Bala Cynwyd

Bashful3 Aug 29, 2012 07:39 PM

Never see this place written up here. Friends consider this their 'go to often place'. OUr second
time here. Food consistently good, and quite reasonable for the quality. My choice, tilapia
with capers/tomato/garlic & linguine was scrumptious. Best fish dish I've had in a while eating
out. Only $18.99. Greek chicken/lemon rice soup was a tad thick, but very tasty: $3.99.

Our friend always orders the flounder stuffed with crabmeat; it did look good. Key lime pie was
my desert choice; I didn't need it, but I couldn't pass it by either. This is a comfortable, old-fashioned place; good service, very busy on a Wed. night. Ample parking lot, on Montgomery Ave
short of Old Lancaster Pike. I wouldn't hesitate to come back, but do recommend early. Once
the place got crowded, it was noisy. Happy crowd, bet there were a lot of regulars there.

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    mkertello Sep 3, 2012 05:30 PM

    Used to work in Bala and this was a treat for lunch or a quick happy hour on the patio. Definitely agree that it is a comfortable place with good service, though I always remembered it being overpriced. The snapper soup was one thing that really did resonate.
    Fully agree on the noise level. Was there on a weeknight and by the time 7pm rolled around, it was difficult to hear. Still a good spot overall.

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    1. re: mkertello
      Bashful3 Sep 3, 2012 07:36 PM

      I didn't know it was open for lunch! It may have been overpriced, but at this point, for the
      quality and variety of food being served, and most ample portions, I didn't think it was overpriced. And, I will try that snapper soup the next time.

      Considering how croweded it became both times we ate there, I was surprised no one
      responded to this post. It may be a local fave. Not chow in the sense of being extraordiary,
      but reliable, quality, and knowing how to treat fish and veggies is not to be sneezed at.
      It was good to read your post.

      1. re: mkertello
        iamzorba Sep 3, 2012 11:36 PM

        I heartily second these positive reviews. After years of absence we went back recently and thoroughly enjoyed the quality and quantity of dinner. Good service and yes, it gets crowded and noisy as the evening goes on. I wouldn't yet call it over-priced, but it's getting dangerously near that point. I also appreciate that the manager makes it a point to visit each table/booth to make sure all is well and he thanks you for your patronage. I think it's a very good all-round neighborhood restaurant.

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