April 2016

Tavernakaya spices up traditional favorites

This Japanese gastropub fuses tavern traditions

27 E. Main St.

An izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of a tavern and just as beloved. Tavernakaya fuses the best of both traditions. Stylishly simplified, it is warm and welcoming.

Anything foreign here has become familiar—pork dumplings, sushi, ramen and fried rice. Preparation, on the other hand, is brilliant. Even the ubiquitous burger gets a makeover with house-ground beef, local La Clare Farm raw goat cheddar cheese, spicy mayo, Japanese BBQ sauce, mizuna spring mix blend on a brioche bun—and comes with some of the best fries found anywhere. Likewise, General Tso’s deep-fried cauliflower, in a sweet and spicy sauce, exceeds expectations. Tavernakaya invites guests to “Eat, drink and have a good time.” You betcha! 

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