This Clarendon bistro was at the forefront of the upscaled-downscale movement when it opened in 2007. It wore its sophistication lightly, presenting itself as a low-key place that just happened to put out food of surprising refinement. Now every other place that opens seems to have copped that formula and Liberty Tavern no longer feels as quietly daring. But ultimately we don’t care how unique a place is—we care how good it is. And Liberty remains a rewarding experience, from the expertly mixed cocktails to the strong French-press coffee.
You can eat simply and lightly (the wood-fired pizzas are as good as ever; go for the Vermont, with cheddar and prosciutto) or settle in and explore Matt Hill’s menu of lusty, Italian-accented comfort food—the gnocchi are worth a visit all by themselves.
- Smoked lamb ribs
- Charred octopus with black-garlic aïoli
- Fritto misto
- Roasted scallops with chanterelles
- Apple dumplings
- Cookies-and-confections plate