White Oak Tavern

4.5
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438 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
In both food and drink, White Oak Tavern preserves the rustic traditions and fares of the “olde” tavern. Our dishes are a representation of forgotten cooking skills and time-honored techniques which feature local ingredients sourced from many of the small family farms in the tri-state area.

Our scratch kitchen offers a wide variety of tavern fare with a slow foods emphasis and a nod toward things past. Our offerings are best shared amongst friends with selections from our craft beer, wine and cocktail lists. In true tavern tradition, we pride ourselves on a delicate care for our craft and a warm friendly smile to all who call to our door.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.6
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OT
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, drinks and atmosphere. Love this place!!

RC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I enjoyed the ambiance. My date said her steak was salty but we had a good time.

WC
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. Busy but quiet. Relaxed attitude of servers and staff. Good food. What more can you ask for from a spot for lunch? It has become a regular for me.

EL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and drinks. Booked this for a birthday party and it worked well.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to get together with friends and enjoy good food and amazing music

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a great place for a group of friends to get together!

d
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch on a holiday Monday with 2 kids. Was pleasantly surprised to find a kids menu.

AO
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great for casual bar food or a drink. Tons of space so don't have to worry about seating. Slow service.

MP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cozy and spacious pub. Perfect for a long lunch with friends!

PH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambiance, location and menu, could use a bit better execution on the food. Such a fun place to go. Upscale, creative British pub fare. Could have used a green alongside the steak frites so the steak did not look so, well, lonely. Bangers & Mash were great. Mac & Cheese a little bland. Give it a try, though. Had nice live music that was not at all obtrusive or noisy.

HN
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I discovered White Oak Tavern a year ago while my brother was visiting for Christmas 2018 and have been many times since. It is my go to dining spot for brunch, lunch or dinner and the first place I think of taking out of town guests. The atmosphere is cozy, the service is fantastic and the food is always great.

f
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place for a girls brunch!

Q
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was served cold. And after being told it would be made for me fresh again, it was served even colder.

DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we had a wonderful and delicious brunch... Look forward to going back!..

OT
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and I get together once a year in NYC at holiday time. I read about White Oak Tavern and was thrilled to book a table. You did not disappoint. The atmosphere was exhilarating. White Oak screamed of Christmas and the wait staff was in a festive mood. Happy Hour drink prices were quite reasonable and the wine selection was great. The crispy Brussels Sprouts were delicious as was the Mac and cheese. We shared a yummy chocolate dessert that truly hit the spot. Our hotel was at 32nd between 6th and 5th and we walked to White Oak and back, not a bad walk even in the chilly December temps. White Oak is on our list for a return visit! Thank you for a marvelous Friday evening!

P
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It is Holiday season and there was a party going on, so it was very noisy and somewhat difficult to hear our friends sitting across the table. The food was good. The server was stretched thin as the place was very busy. We agreed to try this another time, but on a weekday non-holiday period.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great, friendly service. The menu is diverse, with a lot of options for vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters. It’s a lively place, but still quiet enough for comfortable conversation over dinner.

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved the ambience! Classic tavern setting. Cozy and comfortable. Beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Food was good—except their chicken pot pie. It was more like very watery chicken soup topped with a pastry crust.

CD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Second time here. Decor is cozy and charming. Interesting menu and good service.

BUT - dance music blasting at 6:00 PM. Could not have a conversation. Ruined the evening, so we won’t return.

F
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I really enjoyed White Oak the first time I went which is why i went back again. The bloody marys were strong and nothing special. The service was a little slow. My omelet was on the skimpy side and not filled with a lot. Overall the portions were small.

K
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic brunch at this adorable tavern. The menu choices were just right. Wait staff and bar service were friendly and attentive. Do yourself a favor and order the French Toast best we ever had!!!

JP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

White Oak Tavern was ok. The noise level was very high so the server had trouble hearing orders. The hostess was not the most friendly or inviting first impression of the establishment that you would like. The service seemed a little rushed as the server kept trying to get us to place our order while we were having our first drink and had not looked at the menu. Would I go out of my way to eat at this restaurant, no. Would I go again if I was in the neighborhood? Probably.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere, great food and drinks. Perfect Happy hour location.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drink selection and flavors, especially whiskey. Food was very good too, especially Brussels sprouts, Mac and cheese, and the steak frites. DJ was playing some great vibes too!

HN
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I love this place, have been many times and will return again and again. That said it was a little disappointing this time. The fish and chips which I've had before was somewhat greasy and the sticky toffee pudding should be called something else. It's simply not sticky toffee pudding not to mention the cake was extremely dry. Again... I really do love this place. Great atmosphere, food and service but this time it was a bit of a miss.

R
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect neighborhood spot, great food, charming staff, beautifully appointed

J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is so dark and cozy it’s very relaxing! The food is really excellent, chopped salad was amazing, burger very good! Love the beer selection. Service great, very friendly and attentive. Very busy but still paid attention to us. Pumpkin sundae was incredible. No one rushed us out. Can’t wait to go back! Right around the corner from Washington square park to walk/digest after!

RM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great for the whole family! Kids included- delicious cocktails and yummy good!!

C
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My honey and I went in support of a friend playing music there Sunday night. Food was out of this world!! Prices are fair. Our server kept apologizing for the wait. We never felt as though we were waiting long at all. Such great staff. Parking was a breeze. We’re thinking that WOT is now part of our Sunday in NYC routine. Broadway matinee and the 11 minute ride over to WOT for some good music, good food and good people!! Thank you!!

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great time, wonderful food and service!

MS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service but REALLY loud. When I came back later that night with some other friends for a drink the music the DJ was playing was so loud it was actually hard to hear my friends on the other side of the table.

SE
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place! Great service and delicious food. The pasta dish was a bit small, but was great all the same!
Would definitely come back

JG
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly and welcoming. We had a cozy and comfortable table and the atmosphere was perfect. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely experience here. The food was absolutely delicious and I loved the ambiance!! I will definitely be returning to try other food and drinks on the menu!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent

f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is always attentive which makes the dining always a pleasant experience. And everyone should really try their crispy Brussels Sprouts with sweet and hot sauce, it is the best!

C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very comfortable restaurant for dinner. Service was great. Chicken pot pie and deviled eggs were delicious. We enjoyed our dinner.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Some of the food was amazing (steak Au poivre, cheeseburger, Brussel sprouts) and some was quite poor (we sent back the fish and chips, dessert was not fresh). Usually it was all great here.

JP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Good for boozy brunch! Three flavors of mimosas, with the blood orange being the best. Would also highly recommend the savory brunch options.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at night is amazing. Such a cool vibe.