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Saxon + Parole

316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 40.725292 -73.99251
at Bleecker St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-254-0350 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$$

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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Official Website

saxonandparole.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, 10:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-midnight; Sun, 10:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Bleecker St.

Prices

Appetizers, $12 to $17; entrees, $25 to $58.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Saxon + Parole is another restaurant in an old, oft-occupied space in the East Village. The slightly disjointed room on the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery used to house Double Crown, which served a grab bag of fusion dishes oriented toward the old British Empire and featured an excellent ­speakeasy-style gin bar. The bar is still intact, but the owners have scrapped the old teak-heavy Colonial motif in favor of a cleaner, more typical modern brasserie look (whitewashed brick, lots of wood rafters) by the well-known design firm AvroKO. The restaurant’s name is a reference to two famous racehorses, and the new menu features grilled meats and “aquatic delights,” which is a fancy way of describing the kind of bankable, run-of-the mill surf-and-turf specialties (steak for two, a pork chop) which you’ll find in bistros all over this stolid, meat-and-­potatoes-soaked town.

“Why are these restaurants all the same?” exclaimed one of the weary gourmands at my table as we pondered the “S + P Dry Aged Angus Burger,” which was served with a mass of soggy fries and topped, in a vain attempt at haute-burger originality, with melted Havarti and a fried egg. You can complement your S + P Burger with pots of smooth chicken-liver mousse (served, predictably, in Weck pots), or marrow bones slathered, not unpleasantly, with miso. In addition to the de rigueur pork chop (with applesauce and quince here), I have vague memories of a fatty short rib braised to a tarry blackness in Guinness and a nice but pricey cut of New York strip ($58) with a pot of tired-looking béarnaise on the side. The desserts are professionally cooked, but like most things at this stylishly generic restaurant, there isn’t one of them—crème brulee, chocolate soufflé, doughnuts served in a little metal bucket—that you haven’t seen a thousand times before.

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Ideal Meal

Chicken-liver mousse or bone marrow, New York strip steak, chocolate soufflé.

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