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Saxon + Parole
Posted by Sheri on 12/01/2014
Another noisy, hipster, albeit decent restaurant receives inflated recognition. Saxon + Parole has good food and drinks at high cost. The venue is large and packs it in, which lacks charm for me. I did appreciate the music selection that accompanied dinner. Unlike some other reviewers I found the service to be fine. I was curious to see what it was like so we went there on Thanksgiving. With all the great restaurants to pick from in NYC it's unlikely I'll be returning.
Posted by sprung on food on 02/10/2014
Even though this restaurant has been around for a few years, I only just made my first visit. It's part of the wonder of living in a city where there are thousands of restaurants, with new ones popping up all the time, and taking years to finally visit one. And so, I finally made it to Saxon + Parole in the East Village. For my drink I ordered the Bowery Fix (Altos blanco, mezcal, yellow chartreuse, fresh bell pepper, chili oil). This drink was incredible. A slight hint of sweetness and lots of rich heat join forces for this beverage.
Posted by so-so on 11/07/2011
love what they did with the old Double Crown space, but that's about it. I'd come back for drinks at the bar - promising place to bring friends for drinks. Food - nothing special. fries were ok, a little soggy and greasy. the razor clam, egg, caviar app. was more like an egg salad with a few chopped clams mixed in to spread on bread. the short ribs were tasty but too salty. ribeye was not on the level of that from a good steakhouse in the city. the desserts were not that good. the chocolate sauce and the other white dipping sauce for the doughnuts were strange in flavor - chocolate was watery and too bitter, the white sauce tasted like flour paste. my christmas pudding had no flavor. wouldn't go back unless they worked on the menu and tweaked the dishes.
Posted by JonnyK on 10/23/2011
I've eaten at great restuarants all over the world. Im sick and tired of going to these trendy restaurants in NYC, paying astronomical prices for subpar food quality. It's enough! The fact that places like Saxon and Parole with mediorcre and 5 star prices are as crowded as they are just goes to show you that New Yorkers only care about the scene and not the quality of food. A bone-in strip steak for $44 is a joke from this place. The 17 dollar burger was the best thing we got. ($17-hysterical) The sides were not tasty. The deserts they recommended (doughnuts and souffle) were okay at best. On top of that, how does this place not serve Grey Goose or Kettle One? For anyone to return to this restaurant, you must question your sanity.
Posted by ljp4x on 10/13/2011
I have to say I was not a huge fan of Double Crown, but I found this restaurant to be far superior to its predecessor. The mushroom pot is an absolute must - it was creamy with subtle hints of truffles and so delicious. Thier foi gras and oysters were both spot on. I had the branzino which was tasty although it came whole, and I probably wouldn't order it again due to all of the work deboning was. However, one of my friends got the pork chop and it seriously might have been one of the best I've ever had. Also, the creme caramel dessert was a little off, but the chocolate souffle with whiskey ice cream (!) was amazing. Service was a bit spotty as they are still working out the kinks (especially at the bar), but they sent out a little something extra since they messed up our drink order which was nice. I will say the drinks are a bit small. Measuring out one shot for a scotch on the rocks seemed a little ridiculous for that level of place, but my manhattan and the celery gimlet that my friend got were both great! All in all, I'd definitely go back in a few months when they are a little more organized. Anything for that mushroom pot!
Posted by downtowner on 10/11/2011
We ere not known to the house and received cursory treatment. Food was definitely mediocre and the drinks were small and expensive.
Posted by Sheridan Rogers on 10/04/2011
Love those housemade pots of deliciousness, especially the portabello mushroom with whisky and truffle jelly. Inspired! And my partner was so delighted to find pork chops on the menu - he couldn't get enough of the quince and apple sauce and asked me to make it for him at home. We'll just have to go back!