128 Ford St.
Rating: 3 silver spoons out of 5
Overview: Stylish neighborhood bar/restaurant with creative American cuisine. The Gypsy Saloon is run by the same people as Stella Blu in Conshy (former owners of Bella Luna in Bryn Mawr). The saloon delivers a solid meal in a fun, comfortable atmosphere.
Food: The Gypsy Saloon recently retooled their menu in an attempt to attract a more upscale clientele. It now features a wide variety of inventive American cuisine, with several each of beef, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes. Even simple fare — such as a skirt steak frites — comes with a twist, in this case a 48-hour marinated steak with sweet potato fries and spicy mustard aoli. Sushi grade tuna is seared rare with a chinese spice rub, served with chili fries and an interesting pineapple sauce. The excellent red snapper is served on a bed of creamy butternut squash risotto. In general, the food is interesting and solid.
Ambiance: A relatively small space that is comfortable but bustling, the saloon also features a small bar area that is a great atmosphere for a drink or two with friends before dinner. Gypsy is now completely smoke-free, which fixes one of it’s biggest problems, especially for tables near the bar.
Value: Dinner for two, including one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and a bottle of wine cost just about $100 (before tip). With so many quality BYOBs in the area, it is difficult to justify paying this much for a meal that is equivalent to a BYOB meal available for $30-40 less. This is not to say the visit was not satisfying — just not the greatest value in town.
# of times we’ve eaten there: 1
Bar: Full Bar