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Fraunces Tavern: Colonial History and a Meal
This has been a tavern/restaurant since 1762 and is famous for being the place where George Washington formally bid farewell to his troops after the war and before returning to Mt. Vernon, Virginia to retire.
It is still a busy kitchen serving American-style food to tourists and locals alike.
It was recently renovated and reopened by Ireland’s Porterhouse Brewing Company so as you can imagine the emphasis is now more on the brews!
Frances Tavern: Great atmosphere!
We visited this place whilst wandering around the financial district. We were making our way somewhere else but thought that we would stop here for a cheeky pint!
We didn't actually eat anything so cannot comment on the quality of the food, but what we saw looked good and the menu looked nice and reasonably priced - plus the dining area was nice, good for a romantic meal, dinner with friends or a business associate.
Attached to the place is an interesting museum which would be worth a look around.
We sat at the bar and grabbed a drink - there was a very good drinks menu with many craft beers on tap (which my husband and friend were very pleased about!) I opted for a glass of wine. The bar staff were lovely and the girl that served us was telling us all about how she ended up in NYC from Ireland, so very very friendly and genuinely interested in why we were all there - customer service was second to none!
I would certainly recommend this place to people, it is just a shame we didn't have time to sample the food! - maybe next time!!!
Favorite Dish: We didn't eat but the beer and wine was nice!
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Fraunces Tavern: George Washington Ate Here (sort of)
I used to eat lunch here once or twice a week when I worked downtown. It's an historical, old building with lots of character and pretty good food. Go more for the atmosphere than the food, though!
Favorite Dish: Washington's favorite dish was supposedly a chicken and rice casserole, according to my old Ford Motor Company cookbook or inn's across the country (from the 1940's!!). It is served here -- try it!
Fraunces Tavern: Great Location, Great History
Fraunces Tavern is an extensive renovation of a restaurant/drinking establishment that was a meeting place for George Washington, the "Sons of Liberty" and others during the American Revolution. In its restored form, the tavern is a colonial-style, warm and friendly restaurant serving traditional American food. Service was not fast, but it was friendly. Wonderful to be surrounded by historic or reproduction paintings (more in a room behind the restaurant and in an interesting museum on the second floor). Recommended.
Favorite Dish: I had some good chicken salad. Others in our party had an open-face steak sandwich and a caesar salad.
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