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March 2, 2020

Brunch at Tavern on State, New Haven

tavern on state new haven

I pulled a sly trick on my husband last week. He’s not a fan of brunch, but I am, so I made a reservation at Tavern on State in New Haven for 2pm. I figured I could almost pass it off as dinner. And guess what? It worked. The guy rode his bike for fifty miles that morning, so he was more than ready for a hefty meal! 

I’ve been dying to get to this new spot in East Rock, but it ain’t easy prying us out of Lyme in winter. But brunch on a warmish February Sunday was grand! The big lure? Their signature dish of Tater Tots and Caviar with Red Onion Crema and Dill. Frankly, I’m hard-pressed to think of a better brunch offering. A scrumptious pile of tots (big enough for a table share) showed up, tossed in red salmon roe and black caviar that we easily demolished. Our waitress assured me that the Shrimp and Grits were on the lighter side, a dish I routinely order when available. The Tavern version is a buttery, soupy, peppery bowl of plump shrimp and lovely chewy grits. My husband was equally pleased with a generous platter of rosy steak and eggs drizzled with chimichurri. He couldn’t resist the fresh-baked “Big As Your Head” Cinnamon Bun, which though warm and yummy, was overkill, and a better idea for a group. We’ll most definitely be back for dinner, which includes their famed Tavern Burger and a Rib-Eye for Two with Truffle Fries and Creamed Spinach. 

It’s a cozy spot, with barn wood and white brick walls, hanging planters of philodendron (that look cool again!), black banquettes, and a bustling bar. An innovative cocktail menu plus a curated selection of beer is offered. See image below for dinner menu as it’s not available online. 

Closed Mondays.

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tavern on state new haven menu

tavern on state new haven menu

tavern on state new haven

tavern on state new haven

tavern on state new haven

tavern on state new haven

 


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