David Todd’s City Tavern
150 South Street, Morristown
Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri, 11:30 am-2 pm. Dinner, Mon–Thurs, 5–10 pm, Fri and Sat, 5–11 pm.
Style: Eclectic American cuisine served in two complementary spaces: an upscale white-tablecloth dining room and a softly lit lounge with table seating and a long mahogany bar.
Don’t miss: Even though David Todd’s touts its food as American, the French influence is clear. Entrées include coq au vin ($23) large enough for two, with white beans, asparagus, carrots, bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms and a brandy burgundy sauce. The sirloin burger (on brioche) is topped with fois-gras ($19) and comes with bibb lettuce and tomatoes and a side of pommes frites. A gratifying starter is moules mariniere ($12) mussels drenched in white wine, topped with cherry tomatoes, croutons and a heaping dollop of parsley-butter and garlic aioli. For a fine wintry entrée, try veal cheeks ($28) in burgundy-cinnamon reduction, shiitake mushrooms, and truffle parsnip puree.
Heads Up: A private room available for 12 to 25 guests. One Thursday a month, a complimentary, themed wine (or sometimes liquor) is hosted in the lounge. Wine-pairing dinners are offered periodically.
The Scoop: With its range of creative cocktails and trendy music in the lounge, David Todd’s has become a popular date spot, just off the historic Morristown Green.