If you like jazz and don’t mind being youngest person in the room by 20 years, you'll enjoy the live music at Tabard Inn on most evenings. As for the food, dinner changes seasonally, but you can always count on variations of crowd-favorites like gnocchi and burgers. The Inn is also known for its brunch, when it has excellent cinnamon and sugar doughnuts and draws a much younger crowd. We’re fans at all times of the day, but just know the am and pm vibes are very different.
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