Saxon + Parole

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$31 to $50
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Saxon + Parole, conceived by the award-winning AvroKO Hospitality Group and Executive Chef Brad Farmerie, creators of NoLIta's PUBLIC, brings a global approach to traditional grill fare, within a warm and inviting space on the Bowery. The 112-seat restaurant – named after two prize-winning, New York-bred racehorses – features rich design elements and modernist details, paying homage to the numerous horse stables that once populated Lower Manhattan. The menu explores traditional grill fare, with a focus on domestic meat and seafood, as well as seasonal and sustainable produce. Diners can expect a global twist in the seasoning, cooking methods, and ingredients – highlighted in dishes such as 28-day dry-aged NY strip steak with bone-marrow béarnaise, grilled Berkshire pork chop with red wine poached pear, goat cheese polenta, and watercress, and Scottish salmon with wild mushroom, romanesco, baby carrots and Meyer lemon crème fraîche.
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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Just okay food. Not out of this world. The Caesar salad didn’t have much flavor. The cocktails were delicious. The burger was fine

MA
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant - great menu - artfully done. Our waiter recommended a wonderful pinot to go with our meal. The cheesecake sunday was good but not great. They had a terrifically creative razor clam egg salad which was delicious but could have been a larger portion. Otherwise everything was beautifully done.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Be sure that you get a well located table, or the ambient effect will be dreadful. We were squashed against a barrier behind which staff banged and crashed silverware and plates, and our seats were crammed tight. It was awful seating -- and the restaurant was mostly empty, they could have placed us comfortably. But we got screwed.
The Impossible Burger was perfectly prepared and delicious. Good wine but GULP $20/glass!

LH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall, Saxon & Parole is a lovely place for dinner.
The atmosphere is pleasant although may be a little dark and noisy for some.
The food and wine menus had enough options to suit but be warned of certain portion sizes.
I ordered the seafood in bisque which was a reasonable portion with plenty seafood including scallops. My sister ordered the pork main and was astounded at the size of the portion which include a full pork chop and ribs. Although delicious, we did worry a little about the food waste.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for brunch as a party of 6. The hostess and bartender were very nice.. kind and accommodating as our group slowly trickled in. The Bloody Mary’s were very good. The food in general was okay although the burger I ordered and it’s fried egg were both over cooked. The issue was that our server was rude and unpleasant. Aside from her our experience was decent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always

J
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mushroom terrine to share is spectacular as are the duck and scallops entrees. Highly recommend.

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding reception there last year, went back for our one year anniversary. The staff could not have been more wonderful in making our special occasion even more special.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our party of 6 was seated on time at 7pm and for 25 min, no one came to the table to ask for a drink order or tell us about the menu. I finally got up and made a fuss and someone who did not appear to be a server came to the table to take our order. We placed our order at 7:35pm and not a morsel of food appeared until 8:25pm. The appetizers and entrees landed on the table at the same time. My Bavette steak was cold. Not even lukewarm. I was so fed up at this point, I didn't even complain. I just wanted to finish the meal and leave. My friend recommended this place and raved about it but I couldn't have had a worse experience.

T
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Saxon & Parole which is in the sweet part of the city. Awesome staff, service and food. One of my favourite spots.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on 11 September 2019

Hi Tim, So glad you enjoyed your experience at Saxon! We can't wait to have you back again and hope you'll check out our weekend brunch as well.

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JC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! We will be back

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent selection; extremely knowledgeable server (Jocelyn Wright). We had a delightful time!

Saxon + Parole
Responded on 11 September 2019

Hi Laurie, Glad to hear you had a wonderful meal! Be sure to check out our American Izakaya, The Poni Room, which is located under Saxon + Parole. Jocelyn also works there some nights so you just might have her as your server again.

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OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

There isn’t a lot to be positive about this place. The tables are cramped, the food is bad and the service is lacklustre.

V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and definetly not our last time there. saxon&Parole has everything to become a favourite place to go and have a great dinner experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites for date night - solid Mocktail menu for those who don’t drink. The Garden Charcuterie is a complex array of unique flavors, highly recommended for those staying away from meat. Will be back again

Saxon + Parole
Responded on 11 September 2019

Glad you enjoyed our zero-proof cocktails and Garden Charcuterie. Next time you stop by, consider trying our Ahimi Tartare...it has all the taste and texture of raw tuna but is completely plant-based!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful reservation, the table and service was excellent. Well worth booking in advance, thank you! We look forward to coming again.

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not as great as the first time. Waited 20 minutes and never received a drink refill. And the staff seemed put-out when we asked for our check and canceled the drink order.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi Tim, We're so sorry you had a less-than-great experience at Saxon + Parole. Your feedback has been passed on to the team and we do hope you'll give us another chance!

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i
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place. Excellent food and service!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impeccable food, service and atmosphere!

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for brunch

CC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

the outdoor "cafe" is what draws me to this place. combining awesome creative eats, equally awesome libations and an outstanding "perch" to watch the world goes by is exactly what al fresco dining is all about!

SC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved everything, got there early, had a cocktail at the bar, then a great dinner when my friend arrived. All was perfect except the music in the dining room was muffled and like listening to a static set of distant headphones. The music was great in the nearby bar, so it just must be a sound issue. Otherwise fantastic!!! I recommended the restaurant already to friends visiting this weekend.

CJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was great. Our server was very knowledgeable and very attentive!

F
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice eatery in a classic style environment. Good food & wine well cooked & served. A go back to next time we're in NYC.

BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 perfect burgers and fries with cold beer. What more can you ask for? Also split the Impossible Burger amongst us and we loved it. Surprised at the look and taste of the beautiful “burger”. Thank you team for a perfect evening. Never disappoints.

CS
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent!! High quality and reasonably priced. A very casual setting which we like very much. We ate outside and there were no tables for four but pushed together two small round tables. Not the most comfortable seating, but, better than inside which was quite dark.

The lack of ambiance was more than outweighed by the excellent food and service.!!

GB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is amazing. Staff are lovely but a bit inattentive. Very clean and comfortable. Great ambiance. If looking for quiet conversation during brunch avoid the hour plus when the marching band is performing. Very entertaining but loud.

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Becky outside was great. No complaints. Perfect weather didn’t hurt

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu absolutely incredible! So much food we had enough to take home for another full meal, and everything cooked perfectly. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! Food and service were both outstanding!

PB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I enjoyed my brunch and can highly recommend the Lady Edison country ham. I request my poached eggs hard, and they perfectly prepared. My table also got the French fries with chili ketchup and blue cheese aioli and wow!! I didn't have a Bloody Mary, but the DIY bloody station was Instagram worthy. My only complaint is that the server never came back to check on us after our food was delivered and the music was very loud. I had requested it be turned down, but that ever happened. Overall a delicious brunch and I do plan to return!

MD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Too loud, uncomfortable seating, great cocktails, mediocre food

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Past it’s prime and on the slippery slope to mediocrity. Disorganized hostess with an attitude. Williamsburg wannabe bartenders with man buns. Lots of well meaning but inattentive wait staff bouncing like pin balls. The most average menu. Dry, bland chicken. Tasteless tuna tartar. Brussel sprouts you have had at a dozen better restaurants. Go for bar scene with above average looking customers. But don’t waste your money eating here.

ID
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, but in this case the waiter made the experience exceptional. Bravo!

SN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Wasn’t good

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Der grillierte Tintenfisch als Vorspeise war sehr lecker. Der Hamburger durchschnittlich und das Wagyu Beef unterdurchschnittlich, d.h. nichts Spezielles und ganz sicher nicht USD 54.00 wert!
Weinkarte ein (schlechter) Witz, die paar wenigen Weine überteuert.
Fazit: Dinner für zwei für USD 390.00=überrissen!

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d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saxon & Parole was such a treat. Had an early morning brunch and our group ordered both breakfast and lunch items. I will say that the fried chicken sandwich was out of this world! Will go back for just that dish! Derver was fabulous. The Bloody Mary was incredible! We also ordered the shishito peppers. So yummy!

KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love a visit Saxon+Parole when I am in NYC. The service is excellent, the food is delicious and the ambience is buzzing. We sat outside as the weather was good, and I noticed inside got a little louder later in the evening so I was pleased as had chosen outside (we are getting old!) but it was a great vibe. I had the teres Wagyu steak which was one of the nicest cuts of steak I have ever eaten. The chilli caramelised brussel sprouts were also a big hit. My friend had the scallops - also excellent. But the dessert of S'mores is a must have. It looks and tastes incredible! And big enough for two, I would say. Great cocktails reasonably priced too. Great meal, will be back on my next visit across the pond.

CS
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner with my mom. The steak was delicious (and the sauce was amazing). Our server was super cool and nice. It's a really cool place. Chic but approachable and the food/drinks/service is top notch.

L
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! I had the hanger steak salad, rare. Would highly recommend.

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