As forecasted, Park Tavern, the larger, North Beach version of Marlowe, shall be opening on Sept. 1. You may recall the restaurant is going into the sweet spot on Washington Square Park once occupied by Joey & Eddie's, right across the lawn from the bright new Bottle Cap. Today, secret sources have revealed an early menu to Eater HQ. Although the actual document is sworn to secrecy, a few key dishes and other things can be revealed at this time.
The list begins with a substantial section "to share," divided into several raw crudo options, house-smoked things like beef jerky, and fried selections including Marlowe's famous brussels sprout chips and—something quite devilish-sounding—fried citrus leaves with burrata as "a sort of dip." Soups, salads and appetizers lean toward comforting fare, things like fried oysters "Caesar" and a caramelized onion and wild mushroom soup. All the sides and several entrees are cooked in the kitchen's wood-fired oven. Housemade sausages, featured in several entrees, are sure to grab the early attention of food critics around here. Of course, the menu wouldn't be complete without Bauer's adored burger. Besides all this food excitement, Park Tavern also brings some buzz on the booze front. Casey Doolin, former wine director from New York's esteemed Blue Ribbon, will curate the bottle list. Thanks to a full liquor license, owner Anna Weinberg is pleased to venture into the cocktail world as well. Meanwhile, Inside Scoop has some "teaser shots" of the interior, complete with several nods to the restaurant's greatly admired predecessor Moose's. Expect your shiny, glossy Eater Inside preview in the coming weeks.