They have refrigeration and electricity at the City Tavern, but chef-owner Walter Staib has made few other concessions to the 21st century. The tavern, which John Adams once called “the most genteel tavern in America,” was built in 1773 and hosted well-known guests in the early years of the young country. Staib is dedicated to recreating that 18th century. The restaurant is a period piece, from the server’s garb to the food, items more familiar in previous centuries: pepperpot soup, “shrub” drinks and “Martha Washington-style” turkey pot pie, garnished with fried oysters.
I had my birthday here at City Tavern, on a weekday night this past February. I have to say, that it was probably the best birthday I ever had. For being a cold Wednesday evening, the atmosphere was warm and inviting, and the hospitality was world class. Our waitress did everything she could to serve us and teach us. Every item on the menu it seemed came with a story and a history lesson. And the food was amazing, to say the least. We started with the appetizer platter, split between our large group where I tasted things I swore I wouldnt (like duck sausage) and loved it. And the entres were to die for, genuinely tasty. Fresh, full of flavor, and delicious. I had the turkey pot pie and I can still taste the flaky, buttery goodness. Im not a hardcore foodie, I dont know how to truly convey how awesome the food here was with the right adjectives and emphasis. All I know is I had probably the best meal of my life here and so did my family. And not to mention the birthday cake, Martha Washingtons chocolate mousse! Simply amazing.
And the beer was flowing. If youre a connoisseur of all things malted hops and barley, you cannot go without drinking at City Tavern. I recommend the Thomas Jefferson Ale, Brawlers, and the Madera.
Go to the City Tavern with you family, your date, your co-workers, I promise you will have a meal and an evening to remember. Posted by Abby: Apr. April 19th, 2010 at 9:53 AM