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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Saxon + Parole will be offering their full dinner menu, plus a few festive specials, all night for Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Saxon + Parole is always looking for a reason to party and New Year's Eve is the biggest party of the year! We'll be ringing in the New Year '20s-style with an elegant a la carte menu and a bountiful raw bar. Don't leave too early, we'll have dancing flappers at 11 and a champagne toast at midnight!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1328 People Are Saying
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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service was outstanding and has a wonderful energy to the space too!

M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Room was very cold and the space heaters were a good idea, but there were none by my table. My friend was dairy free and ordered a burger. The bun had dairy so the burger arrived with out any bread and we then had to wait for that situation to be corrected.

Other than that the food was good and all the brunch cocktails were delicious.

HG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice neighborhood place but a bit overpriced and they had already run out of the starter we wanted with an 8:30 reservation.

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was good, service was slow. Very loud

AO
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

S&P has a really lively vibe which is fun. The hosts could not have been nicer - high, high marks for them - they were incredibly accommodating. Food was really solid - highly recommend the Impossible burger, octopus and lamb.

Service was quite slow and impersonal which let it down but everything else was good enough I would give it another chance.

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

They took forever to seat us, took forever to bring the main courses, then forgot one of our party's dishes which took 15 minutes to bring. They took our dessert order (3 espressos, 1 dessert) and returned 10 min later to tell us the espresso machine was broken, and then when we finally were ready to leave, took 10 min to bring our checked coats. But the food was good. Just didn't need to be a 3 hour meal.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Dear Catherine, I am so sorry about the subpar service you received during your meal. This is definitely not the level of hospitality we aim to provide. I have addressed this incident with the general manager so that it doesn't happen again. Please check your private messages so we can make this right. -Kiera

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P
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gorgeous evening at a beautiful neighborhood restaurant. The service was gracious and lovely (which I find rare), the dining room elegant, energetic and so pretty, and the food outstanding. Somehow at our table of 4, not 1 of us ordered meat at this carnivorous outpost, but my friends loved their fish dishes, and my roasted tomato soup was divinely creamy and my carrot bolognese not to be missed. For dessert we had smores, a cheesecake sundae, and the divine house-made sorbets, and no one could stop moaning. Worth a visit even if you don't live nearby.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi Penelope, Thank you for your lovely review of Saxon + Parole, we're so happy to hear you had such a wonderful time! We pride ourselves on our extensive selection of plant-based dishes, so thank you for the wonderful feedback. Since you loved the Carrot Bolognese, I'd recommend trying the Ricotta Gnudi on your next visit. Cheers! Kiera

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MO
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Impossible burger was amazing.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for your wonderful review of Saxon + Parole, we're happy to hear you enjoyed the Impossible Burger! -Kiera

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the impossible burger. Confirmed it is mankind’s greatest discovery since our Neanderthal friends discovered fire.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review Saxon + Parole. We love the Impossible Burger and we're so happy to hear you loved it as well! Thanks! Kiera

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E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They were short staffed and overbooked but everything was good. We were given free rose champagne at the end.
The prices for oysters are absurd though - range from $4-5.75 a piece and there is no option to add a 4th oyster to an app that comes with 3. Kind of ridiculous - restaurants should accommodate that if patron pays extra? Why should food be so strict? It’s a meal that should be enjoyable and flexibility makes things easier!

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for being patient and understanding when we were short staffed! I'm so sorry that the server was not accommodating when you wanted a 4th fried oyster, that is not the kind of hospitality we pride ourselves on. I have brought this up with the general manager so that it doesn't happen again. Cheers, Kiera

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J
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables are very close together but food was great and drinks were good.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Very bad bar service - it gets an F minus. The food, however, was an A+.

Bartender didn’t seem to care that people waited EXORBITANT amounts of time for a drink. Other staff seeming capable of making simple drinks too stood around and Socialized mostly - every now and then pitched in to make a cocktail

Got to Saxon and parole at 1:40 and was asked to wait at the bar as I was first to arrive

Didn’t get to even order my drink until 1:50 (a Bellini)

Watched bartender continue to make dozens of other drinks until 1:58 when he made my Bellini, a combination of literally 2 ingredients (did this slowly while socializing with other staff). Bellini was put in front of me at 2 PM- a whole 20 mins after sitting down and him seeing me

Once we were seated, the drinks also took 15 minutes. But again, the food was amazing.

I thought restaurants made most of their revenue from drinks? If so this is bad business...

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi there, I'm so glad you enjoyed your food at Saxon + Parole's brunch. I do apologize for the extremely slow service you received at the bar, that should not have happened. We've talked with the bartender who was working that shift to make sure this doesn't happen again. Please check your private messages so we can make this right. Thank you, Kiera

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, our waiter was the best:

BB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening of a seafood tower and steaks. Also able to tap into my cocktail cabinet for October! Love the atmosphere and service and food. A special evening with long time friends.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi Bill, Thank you for your five star review of Saxon + Parole! Glad to hear you got to enjoy your October cocktail cabinet bottle. We hope to see you again soon! -Kiera

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the chicken for two to split with a friend. There were no sides that come with it so it was just a very large chicken - wish I knew this before I ordered. But the chicken was very good!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable - and tasty - neighborhood dinner!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th visit for dinner and never disappoints. From the smoked oysters to the bone marrow bearnaise served with the perfectly cooked steaks we always have a blast at Saxone and Parole.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for your five-star review of Saxon + Parole, we hope to see you back soon! -Kiera

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MV
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Service was excellent and all the food and drinks were delicious. Looking forward to coming back.

Saxon + Parole
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi Michael, Thanks for your five star review of Saxon + Parole! Hope to see you back soon! -Kiera

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P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, fried oyster were excellent and everyone liked their food. Impossible burgers were a bit hit with the ladies.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I've only been to Saxon + Parole a handful of times, but every visit has been memorable. Our last visit was for the tasting menu, and it was a joy to share. We also thought highly of the cocktails.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What a great meal. They really know how to cook a fabulous steak, and the service is perfect.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual. Every better service. Only complaint is they always make you wait at the bar for 5min.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
72 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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 September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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 September 22, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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 September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always

J
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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 September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 11, 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
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! We will be back

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Saxon + Parole
Responded on September 11, 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
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

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
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 11, 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 August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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 August 27, 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 August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place. Excellent food and service!