David Todd’s City Tavern is a new space near the Morristown Green. I recently had the opportunity to dine with a group of food enthusiasts in the restaurant’s private room, which can accommodate 12-25 guests. While many restaurants don’t do groups well, the staff at David Todd’s City Tavern is outstanding. The service is efficient and expeditious yet the guests in my party didn’t feel rushed. The food was served to all the guests in a prompt manner, avoiding the awkward feeling of having to wait for food while other guests’ food is going cold.
Chef Maurice Alameda and the kitchen staff has put forth a creative menu built around known dishes but done with an eclectic twist. Chef Maurice is not only a star in the kitchen, he’s passionate about guest experience and even came out of the busy kitchen to meet our group through a connection we’d made on Twitter. Stand-up chef and a social media fan – love this.
Some of the signature starters are moules marinière, duck confit tacos, trio of pork, ceviche and tartare tasting. Starters range from $9 to $14. The trio of pork features a cube of grilled pork belly, pieces of Applewood bacon and a bite of braised pork cheek. All were great, although the pork belly might benefit from a bit longer cooking. The ceviche (pictured above) a special on the evening we visited, was fresh and topped with cilantro leaves – a good example of this trendy dish.
Some must-try entrées are the sirloin steak, the halibut, the coq au vin, the foie gras burger and the skate wings. Entrees range from $18 to $34. The sirloin steak is 12-ounce, certified Angus and served with pommes frites. The skate is served over creamy potato purée with caper anchovy butter. The halibut is cooked perfectly and served with purple potatoes, Serrano ham ‘dust’, braised leeks and grapefruit beurre blanc.
David Todd’s City Tavern is a new gem in Morristown’s already well-studded restaurant lineup.
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30AM – 2PM
Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5PM – 10PM, Friday – Saturday 5PM – 11PM
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150 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Veronique Deblois, Food & Wine Chickie. Veronique is a food and wine blogger based in Morris County, NJ. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.