With 24 taps, three bars, two dining rooms, and plenty of room for first-rate live entertainment the Black Horse Tavern has it all for a night-on-the-town experience. Take a trip back in time to this historic building with a home town feel located on South State Street near the corner of Centre Avenue. Plan on giving yourself some extra time before your dinner reservation to window shop, or actually make a purchase at any number of retail shops along State Street.
On our last Saturday night visit, the service was extremely slow due to the singular chef in the kitchen, and it was apparent that all of the other patrons had also been waiting a long time for their meals to arrive. But our attentive waiter brought us several glasses of wine (on the house!) while we listened to the delightful live music wafting in from the upstairs piano bar.
Neither of us had lunch that day and by the time our 8:00 reservation rolled around we were famished, so for the appetizer we ordered the “BHT” Truffle Fries: hand-cut fries tossed in truffle oil with parmesan and Belgian aioli. OMG, decadently sinful! A rare treat, I could have been satisfied with just those. But since we had a $35 GroupOn to use up, we opted to stay for dinner. Our entree selections were the Duck Maxie: house-smoked duck breast with duck confit, hand-rolled pan-seared gnocchi, sautéed spinach, mushrooms and black truffle foie gras butter for Russ; and a perfectly cooked, medium-rare 12-ounce New York Strip Steak for Lynn which came with a choice of four sauces, my pick: the sherry-braised onions. Sides came with a choice of white rice, roasted red bliss potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes or Black Horse big fries; and sautéed spinach rounded out the platter.
Despite the long wait, the evening was pleasant enough, and we were in no hurry. There’s no doubt we’ll return again.