A new restaurant has slipped quietly (and signlessly) into the quaint business district in Sea Cliff. A few weeks ago, the long-vacant storefront attatched to the same building as Il Villaggio opened as Tavern 227.
Il Villaggio, a pizzeria restaurant, underwent a renovation last year, and an exquisite tiled floor and other original features were uncovered and enhanced. At that point, the owners decided to transform the adjacent space into a casual tavern, exposing old brick and bringing in a new (but decidedly old-fashioned) marble-topped bar.
The kitchen at Tavern 227 is under the command of John Doran, who joked that over the past few years, he’d “opened every restaurant in town” including Still Partners (across the street), Oak Room Tavern (down the street) and the now-closed Bernard’s Market & Cafe (two miles away in Glen Head).
Right now the menu is short and sweet, featuring a handful of small plates and salads (including Wagyu meatballs; fried calamari arrabbiata with lemon aioli; arugula with pears, candied walnuts and blue cheese that hover around $10. There are pastas (spaghetti cacio e pepe; homemade pappardelle with San Marzano tomatoes, both $18), a burger ($14), grilled whole branzino ($28), steak frites ($28) and breast of chicken with truffled mashed potatoes ($24).
Doran expects the menu to expand in the coming weeks — but not too much.
Tavern 227, 227 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, 516-200-9179