Our Two Cents
Located over on West Side Avenue, the Park Tavern is an unassuming, wood fronted neighborhood bar with killer food and delicious beer on tap.
To the uninitiated, the bar might appear as if its doors have been closed for 15 years. The wooden exterior is weatherbeaten and boasts a tough patina. Once you pry open the door to 575, you’re certainly not going to be greeted by sterile, bright lighting. Instead, the interior is as dark and foreboding as the wind slapped beams on the facade. No bother though, once you make your way over to the left, friendly barstaff are willing and able to get your drink selections under control.
My visit was highlighted by a meeting with old friends out on the Park Tavern’s excellent back patio. Through the back door you are presented with a wooden trussed area with a corrugated polycarbonate canopy above for elemental protection. Tables and seating are pelntiful and you are more than welcome to take both your meal and drinks out here. Should the need for a little tobacco satisfaction arise, ashtrays are ubiquitous and pulling a cig or two is certainly not a problem.
Draught selections are commendable. Macro BMC swill is present but also here are well maintained Brooklyn, Newcastle and Magner’s pours, among others. Prices on Sunday are higly affordable at $4 per pint.
There is a small one lane lot to the left of the PT, but I’m not sure if it is employees only. Parking isn’t too problematic though, as West Side or a side street should prove adequate. If you’re looking to get a little fuzzy and you’re coming from downtown or elsewhere, I recommend taking the NJ Transit 80 bus for $1.35 each way.
Having a look at Park Taverns’s limited reviews on the Internet will yield fabulous write-ups of the Park Tavern’s fare. Burgers, oversized sandwiches and more are on offer here. For our purposes, the promise and satisfaction of their spacious environs, charm and ultra clean taps were more than worth the trip out west.