Jayson and I recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary with dinner at Saxon & Parole on Bowery. We had been to the gin based “speakeasy” bar Madam Geneva that is adjacent to restaurant when the restaurant was still Double Crown, but for some reason I didn’t have any interest in having dinner there but had heard many good things about the new and improved menu under S&P so we decided to give it a try.
The front room upon walking in, consisted of a large inviting bar and a tall skinny island separating the bar from a few booths, offering plenty of space to go there just for drinks. The bar area was so inviting and pleasant, you forget that you came to sit down for dinner. The decor appeared to remain consistent with that of its predecessor’s British and horse stable theme with “weathered wood and whitewashed brick”. This feel would normally give off a stuffy cold feeling however the fun old rock music encouraged a lighter more fun atmosphere.
S&P served their cocktails in a cute test tube like carafe with a miniature cocktail glass allowing you to pour your own cocktail. We were ready to order some, but fortunately our friends surprised us with a bottle of rose champagne which was of course “beyond” sweet!
Jayson had the bone marrow appetizer (picture on the left) with miso glaze and the steak as his entrée. Of the two, Jayson preferred the bone marrow. Although, the miso glaze was a too salty, once he scraped some of it off, the marrow itself was delicious. I ordered the scallop appetizer with roasted cauliflower puree, golden raisin relish and the Chatham cod in a lobster sauce (picture on the right) as my entrée. The cod was so juicy and flavorful and just tender enough so that it didn’t slide down your throat, there was something there to chew on. I prefer to be able to chew my food and feel all that it is. In contrast, but along the same lines, the scallops were cooked perfectly in that they weren’t too chewy. Both the scallops and the Cod were equally delicious.
All in all, it was a good meal, we enjoyed the atmosphere and if we found ourselves in the neighborhood looking to have drinks we would definitely stop in; however, for an anniversary meal, we are sorry we didn’t step it up for something a bit more decadent …. thankfully we will have another anniversary next year!
Feel free to contact me should you need a suggestion on where to go for your special dinner or are curious as to what other restaurants we had in mind!