White Oak Tavern

4.4
365 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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j
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food, and our waitress, Kelsey, was the perfect mix of attentive and non-intrusive!

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AV
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location near Washington Square Park. Lovely atmosphere and great food. I had the roasted cauliflower and it was yummy! Be sure to check out the restroom. My 16 year old found it a little spooky.

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate mostly from the app and sides menu and the food was good (roasted cauliflower was my fav). Fish and chips from main menu could have been better. Staff were very nice and attentive. We were there at 5pm so it wasn't too crowded or noisy.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere! The cocktail menu was great for a pre-dinner drink. We will definitely be back when in the area.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I would recommend this establishment as a convenient place to meet and that is reasonably priced. However, I would not recommend it for its food. The blackened chicken sandwich was an extreme disappointment.

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MF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in almost 50 years! Not too crowded, we were there at noon so easy to talk and HEAR. Friendly attentive service, my hamburger was great and friend seemed to like his pork sandwich. Pleasant comfortable atmosphere.

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DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were going to Blue Man Group and wanted to go somewhere local for dinner. We made reservations but really didn’t need them. We had the BBQ ribs as an appetizer- extremely tasty. My kids had the cheeseburgers which were very good. I had the ancient grains salad with salmon. A very healthy meal! Dessert was a chocolate mousse - very rich and delicious. The Apple crumble was good - a little burnt on the edges. The rose sangria was ok - too much ice and not a great value. The decor was nice - 1920’s ish and inviting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with family. Food was great. Service was amazing. Great live music.

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KM
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A lot of fun, and classy food in a beautifully-done restaurant that's like a pub, without the sticky-floor feeling. We shared a cheese plate and a whiskey flight , along with small dishes and found everything delicious and well prepared. Recommended!

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B
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect neighborhood bar with excellent food and yummy gin drinks!

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Fun, bustling bar/pub with great lighting and ambience. Food, including burger and roasted chicken, was very good. My husband's vodka/seltzer was fine, as you would expect, but my cosmopolitan was not great. Cannot really put my finger on the problem, but I've had cosmos in many places, and this one just had very little taste other than the vodka. Same for our guest's Moscow Mule. After dinner espresso was very nice. Service was fine, but not really warm and welcoming, and we did have to ask someone else to get our waiter for us twice after we waited quite a bit trying to get his attention. The flowers on the table were really dead and gross. Still, all in all, it was good enough to give another chance.

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JA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

White Oak Tavern is a great neighborhood restaurant/bar, but watch out for the noise level. I found myself yelling quite often to speak to my kids at the table. The portions were large and delish. The brussel sprouts and burnt broccoli were great. The rose sangria was great, but the pitcher was filled with ice so that it basically poured 4 glasses, which was a disappointment. I had to flag down servers here and there, but when they came, they were quick to help. Overall, I'd definitely recommend the White Oak Tavern

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K
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We have visited this restaurant several times recently and have consistently had very good experiences. We like the decor and the menu, and the wait staff really tries to provide good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff.

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HN
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time dining here for brunch after a couple of great dinners. As always it never disappoints and has become the number one spot that I often recommend. Looking forward to the next time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and we had the very best of times.

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AL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great brunch spot. Boozy Donuts are special treat. Can’t beat the bottomless mimosas.

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely bar restaurant for date nights or for group meet ups. The overall noise level was lower than usually crowded bars. The food was spectacular. The service was not only on-point but kind and very considerate. We never felt rushed. Overall, a beautiful find and definitely a choice hideout for future rendezvous.

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, wonderful service.

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ZD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delicious and delightful restaurant. I enjoyed everything about my experience here. I plan to come back soon.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal. I wish I could make vegetables as delicious. The cocktail menu was also very good.

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BR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, a good experience. Great service and typical pub food. Safe bet for lunch or dinner.

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SN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The White Oak Tavern has a lovely ambiance. It's an upper scale bar with food. The food won't blow you away and the prices are too expensive, but it's close to a bunch of trains and you can make a reservation!

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MR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice setting and food. I had chicken pot pie and it was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, Cute bar vibes

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JV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chloe our waitress was fabulous!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy White Oak was everything I expected and more. My girlfriend and our two daughters enjoyed it as well. As a design/decor lover I found the atmosphere to be wonderful. The sink in the restrooms area was fabulous!

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

It took over an hour to receive our food. By the time it came, we had to take it to go with us.

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LJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm, inviting, 1930's atmosphere. Comfortable seating in booths. Good selection of Bar food, well prepared and tasty. Perfect place for easy, moderately priced dining.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The service was outstanding. And the noise level was quite good. I went for brunch. Dinner may have more noise.

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BM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice neighborhood haunt. Especially Pre Public theatre.

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N
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my go to place for dinner before a show at the Public Theater. I hate to share it with you. The food and ambience are great. The service is lovely and attentive.
The food is really delicious. It is a tad loud because the bar is active and the music is a tad too loud, but it is wonderful. It is a gem.

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LM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was way too loud to enjoy anything. Like trying to have dinner in the middle of a rock concert. While the food was passable and the prices ok it was way too energetic as it was like eating alone or shouting in your partners ear just to have them say "what?" over and over again. Not a great way to dine.

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BS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The quinoa salad was delicious... I would go back just for that.

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LH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff are friendly. Wood highly recommend this place to anyone

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c
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is very cool - great vibe from an era gone by. It feels like a old pub in the UK. We had brunch and honestly the pork hash that 3 of us ordered was ok.

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CW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My main reason for booking this reservation at White Oak Tavern on a cold Saturday night dinner with a couple of friends was the cozy-looking factor, but our experience far exceeded any other expectations! We had genuinely friendly, warm service the moment we walked in, followed by great service from our waitress and bartender. We ordered the fish&chips (honestly some of the best I've ever had- perfect portion size and perfectly battered/cooked), the Salmon/green curry (still having fantasies about this perfect balance of all things), and the chicken sliders and brussels (bravo, these were both delicious and perfectly cooked). We were extremely happy with our drinks (Blood&Spice margarita and the Smoke Show) which were very well-crafted, and they had many other options, it was hard to narrow down! White Oak definitely delivered on the cozy-factor: it was an upscale tavern vibe with low lighting and great decor. The restaurant was very full and buzzing with chatter, but you could still easily hear the conversation at your own table. The bathrooms were clean and easy to access (individual doors in communal area type-situation) and the bar is the beautiful focal point that divides the restaurant from the lounge side. I really feel like you can't go wrong with this place, and feel like its a great recommendation for so many different situations whether it be dinner with friends or family in the restaurant, a cozy date on the bar/lounge side, or an extended brunch experience (I noticed they have boozy brunch and live music on the weekends). Good vibes all around! Can't wait to return!

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j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service. Food and drink was excellent. I was there with a large party and there was no pressure to leave. Love that!!

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A
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food but overly noisy. They could lower the volume on their music system and we all wouldn't have to shot at each other.

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BR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are always happy to have dinner here. Usually before a show at the Public Theater. It's a very comfortable room with great service and very good, pub style food.

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