Restaurant Review: Church Street Tavern

  • Price: $$$
  • Cuisine: American
  • ForknPlate Member: Yes
  • Wifi: No
  • Oudoor Seating: No
  • Delivery: No
  • Takeout: No
  • Reservations: Yes
  • OpenTable Link: OpenTable
  • Phone: (212) 804-7766
  • Website: Website
  • Menu: Menu
Hours:
Mon: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun: Closed

Church Street Tavern has newly reopened, serving up high-end American fare in a cool and cozy setting. Located in Tribeca, just south of Canal St., don’t expect your typical rowdy pub with beer, nachos, and mozzarella sticks. Rather, Church St. Tavern blends typical American fare with a few twists, a lot of seafood, and an extra dash of fanciness (or is that truffle oil?), making it a perfect date-night spot. The interior is dark, with black leather banquette seating, wood tables, and original exposed brick, but inviting –it’s amazing what a little candlelight can do, right? Sit in the cozy dining room, or grab a seat at the polished, dark wood bar. Rounding out all the other great features of Church St., is the friendly and attentive staff. And while Church St. might be an obvious choice for a weekend dinner date, or after work drinks, turns out they’re open for lunch too.

church st. tavern interior

The menu at Church St. Tavern is small, but varied, consisting of starters, main dishes, sides, and crudo. Appetizers range from typical (salad and soup), to Charred Octopus with roasted sunchoke crema and heirloom tomato romesco ($17), or Pork Belly Tempura with sesame aioli and tamari dipping sauce ($15). The crudo selections include Japanese Walnut Smoked Kampachi ($18), Sea Scallops with yuzu foam ($16), Sea Urchin (mp), and oysters, lots and lots of oysters. Yum. For main dishes, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for red meat, fish, fowl, or even a veggie dish. However, you’d do well to order up Church St. Tavern’s claim to fame, the Tavern Burger ($19). Named one of NYC’s best new burgers by NYmag’s Grubstreet, this delectable dish is comprised of a dry-aged house blend burger (strip, rib-eye, Wagyu muscle, and a dash of beef heart for a distinct bite), topped with bacon-onion relish, Vermont cheddar, and a sprinkling of arugula. The warm brioche bun even adds to the tastiness, and the fries ain’t too shabby either.

Church St. Tavern BurgerTo round out the simple menu, Church St. also has rotating daily options, like Monday’s Beef Pho in aromatic broth with rice noodles, bean sprouts, and Thai basil ($18), Wednesday’s Spiced Brisket chili with cumin yogurt, pickled scallion, and toasted sesame ($17), or┬áSaturday’s 2 person Tomahawk Chop with creamed kale, shoestring fries, and garlic-thyme butter ($125).

The lunch menu (served Monday through Friday from 1-4pm) is especially small, but hey, that makes ordering a breeze. And who wants to wade through a novel-sized menu anyway? Choices include a salad of baby gem lettuce, quinoa, hazelnut, avocado, and a grilled tomato vinaigrette ($12); Eggs Benedict ($15), Wild Mushroom Risotto ($22), a daily selection of fresh Sushi ($40), and of course, the Tavern burger. Church St. also recently announced a pop-up omakase sushi lunch, courtesy of New York Sushi Ko’s Chef John Daley. Served Monday through Friday from 1-4pm, seating is limited, so be sure to call ahead for a reservation.
Steak TartareIf you’re looking for a late-night option, there’s a bar menu served an hour passed dinner. The menu consists of some dinner staples like the burger, plus some typical bar food choices like Fries ($8) and Fried Pickles ($4). And be sure to grab a beer or cocktail while you’re there. C’mon, you can’t eat fried pickles without alcohol. I’m pretty sure it’s against the rules.

313 Church St.

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Lauren is a New York based actor/singer/writer. She is a graduate of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University as well as the College of the Holy Cross. She's a fan of beer, pasta, and academic establishments with unnecessarily long titles. Find her on stage, or online-- she's there often.