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The Savoy Tavern in Merrick: First bites

Warm croissant bread pudding is served at The

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

This is the second round of first bites at The Savoy Tavern in Merrick.

But under executive chef Kevin Liebov, who starred at the now-gone Nicholas James Bistro in Merrick, it's a new restaurant.

Savoy looked good from day one, with its handsome bar, polished wood, and images from The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. But the food was erratic.

Now, try Liebov's pan-seared soft-shell crabs,...

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Savoy Tavern in Merrick: First bites

Crabcakes served at The Savoy Tavern in Merrick.

(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)

Hoist one for The Savoy Tavern, the spirited, full-flavored establishment that has taken over the handsome Merrick spot vacated by Brooks & Porter steak house. Visit for the crabcakes and the fish-and-chips, the house-baked pretzels and the prime rib. Maybe a burger or a croque monsieur, meatloaf or a pot of mussels. And there are some family-style plates, including spaghetti and meatballs...

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