Reviewing the Seafood Chowder at Fraunces Tavern in NYC

George Washington Ate Here

The first day of February Vacation started with a bang. We decided to go chowdering in the city for the day. ChowderDad and I always like to add a bit of history and interest to the chowdering so we picked Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan.

Bar menu!

I’ve never been there – I am so glad we finally went! The food was ridiculously good and it wasn’t a tourist trap at all.

We decided to eat in the bar, and instantly zoned in on 3 dishes: Smoked Haddock Chowder, Irish Cheese Plate, and Garlic Shrimp with Grilled Bread.

Big Thumbs Up For Fraunces!

Then ChowderParents hit a major stumbling block. What to drink? They had so many whiskeys and draft beers, we struggled to find the right drinks. In the end, it was like a George Thoroughgood song.

One bourbon, one bloody, three beers.


Whack fol the daddy-o, there’s chowder in this bar!

OMG. Look at this!

Let us all just say that Fraunces Tavern’s smoked haddock chowder is so good, we were almost weeping.

ChowderGirl, “It needs salt. All chowder needs salt.”


We spent our time fighting each other for the next bite. It was amazing. Perfectly cooked potatoes, fantastic haddock, great smoky taste – just perfect perfection.

By The Time It Circled Back To Mom...

ChowderBoy = ChowderCheeseBoy

Won't someone please cut his hair?

“WOAH!!! HEY DAD!!! !TRY SOME CHEESE!!!! The cheese is really good! ESPECIALLY the orange one. We will have to go get this cheese it is so good. Ask them where the orange cheese is from. I need to eat this at home!”

It's apparently Lancaster cheddar. And other stuff.

ChowderGirl had garlic shrimp with grilled bread and got offended and crankypants when she was forced to share her meal.

Livin’ La Vida Loca

Finally, I’ve been interested in trying a properly made Sazerac and this place seemed like just the right balance of hipsters and tourists and whiskey. Unfortunately, I may not actually like Sazeracs.

This'll be the day that I die...

Overall: We cannot say enough wonderful things about Fraunces Tavern. Perfect way to kick off the day and prepare for the insanity of midtown on a holiday weekend.


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