Modern Bites Meets Classic Tavern at The Fox and Falcon in South Orange

by Tom Lavecchia
The Fox and Falcon by David Burke

Nestled in the heart of South Orange, New Jersey, The Fox and Falcon offers a dining experience that is nothing short of extraordinary from start to finish. From the moment you step inside, you are greeted with an inviting ambiance that combines rustic charm with modern elegance. During my recent visit, I had the pleasure of indulging in a remarkable culinary journey, sampling an array of delectable dishes and cocktails that left an indelible impression.

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Shrimp Tacos | The Fox and Falcon by David Burke

To set the stage for the evening, we began with a trio of appetizers. The Lobster Dumplings were a revelation, with tender chunks of succulent lobster encased in thin, delicate dumpling wrappers. Each bite was a burst of sweet, lobster flavor that danced on the palate. The Shrimp Tacos were a delightful combination of crispy shrimp, fresh vegetables, and a zesty sauce, all wrapped in a fresh tortilla. The Deviled Eggs were a classic favorite, elevated to new heights with a creamy, tangy filling and a hint of smoky paprika. These starters showcased the culinary expertise and creativity of the chefs at The Fox and Falcon.

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Lobster Dumplings | The Fox and Falcon

Moving on to the main course, I opted for the Seafood Risotto— a masterpiece of a seafood medley. The risotto was perfectly cooked to a creamy consistency, with plump shrimp, tender mussels, and delicate flakes of fish studded throughout. The flavors were harmoniously balanced, and each spoonful was a symphony of taste. My dining companion had the privilege of savoring the 34oz Dry Aged Porterhouse for Two. The steak was an epic feast, cooked to absolute perfection with a beautiful crust on the outside and a juicy, tender center. It was a carnivorous delight that left us both in awe.

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Steak for Two | The Fox and Falcon

To complement our meal, we ventured into the realm of libations, and The Fox and Falcon did not disappoint. The spicy margarita was a fiery concoction that perfectly balanced the heat of jalapeños with the refreshing tang of lime juice. Combined with tequila and Cointreau, It was a drink that ignited the senses and added an extra kick to the dining experience. Their spin on the old fashioned was revolutionary, expertly crafted with premium rye whiskey, muddled orange peel, honey, and a touch of aromatic bitters. It was a modern twist on a classic cocktail that was both familiar and innovative.

One cannot discuss The Fox and Falcon without mentioning the visionary behind its success— renowned chef, David Burke. Highly regarded for his culinary prowess and commitment to excellence, David Burke has elevated the dining scene across the nation. With a keen eye for detail and an unyielding passion for creating memorable dining experiences, Burke has crafted a menu that showcases his ingenuity and dedication to hospitality. Under his stewardship, The Fox and Falcon has become a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a gastronomic adventure.

The service at The Fox and Falcon was exemplary, with attentive and knowledgeable staff members who were well-versed in the intricacies of the menu. They guided us through the culinary journey, offering insightful suggestions and ensuring that every need was met with efficiency and a warm smile.

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The Cocktail Spread | The Fox and Falcon

Adding to the allure, The Fox and Falcon offers weekly dining specials that cater to every palate. From delectable seafood extravaganzas to succulent cuts of meat, these specials highlight the culinary team’s ingenuity and commitment to providing diverse and exciting options for diners. The Fox and Falcon also has a full sushi menu, featuring classic rolls, sashimi and platters for two. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast, a meat lover, or a vegetarian, the South Orange restaurant is bound to please.

In terms of atmosphere, The Fox and Falcon strikes the perfect balance, combining modern elegance with the cozy charm of your classic American tavern. The decor, with its warm lighting and tasteful accents, creates an inviting ambiance that is ideal for a romantic dinner or a gathering of friends. The restaurant exudes a relaxed sophistication that sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. For those who prefer to eat outdoors, The Fox and Falcon’s patio is an inviting oasis. Surrounded by lush greenery and adorned with comfortable seating, this alfresco dining area offers the perfect dining setting. 

Furthermore, The Fox and Falcon boasts versatile event spaces that are ideal for hosting private gatherings and celebrations. Whether it’s an intimate family dinner, a corporate event, or a milestone celebration, the restaurant offers well-appointed private rooms that can accommodate various group sizes. The attentive staff ensures that every detail is taken care of, from personalized menus to exceptional service, ensuring that each event is a resounding success.

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The Famous “Clothesline Bacon” | The Fox and Falcon

Beyond its exceptional culinary offerings, The Fox and Falcon also shines as a vibrant community hub. Every Monday night, the restaurant comes alive with its open mic nights, where local talents take the stage to showcase their music, poetry, and comedy. This creates an atmosphere of camaraderie and creativity that resonates throughout the venue, making it a perfect spot for those seeking live entertainment with their meals.

The Fox and Falcon in South Orange, New Jersey is a culinary gem that offers an extraordinary dining experience. With a menu curated by the talented Chef David Burke, the restaurant presents a symphony of flavors that celebrate the finest ingredients. From the tantalizing appetizers to the exquisite main courses, each dish is a testament to the skill and creativity of the chefs and entire staff. Complemented by a well-crafted cocktail menu and impeccable service, The Fox and Falcon is a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts seeking a riff upon classic American fare. 


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Tom is a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rutgers and FDU alumni and the publisher of The Digest.

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