The ’76 House and Tavern, Tappan, NY: American Food in Rockland County

American dining at the ’76 House Restaurant in Tappan, NY

With its stone facade, four fireplaces, and rustic beamed ceilings, Tappan’s ’76 House is not just one of America’s oldest taverns. Its historical significance dates back to the Revolutionary War, when it was used to hold Major John André, the infamous British spy, prior to his execution — a circumstance which earned it the moniker of “André’s prison.”

For more than 200 years, the tavern has provided respite for weary travelers from all stations of life, including George Washington (who at times used the nearby DeWint House as his headquarters during the war). Today’s patrons enjoy fine fare, live music, and monthly food and wine pairings in this National Historic Landmark building. Offerings range from a lunch-time Reuben (made with Guinness-braised brisket), meatloaf, or chicken pot pie; dinner entreés include everything from Yankee pot roast to brook trout and dayboat scallops.

Open daily for lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch. Lunch $8.95-$12.95; dinner entreés $18.76-$29.95; brunch $24.95.

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