The Tavern's website explains the menu as a collection of dishes inspired by the chef's memories of European wine bars, but points out that it also serves a full menu of "foods that he like to eat."
There's a full page of sharable plates and starters that range from the Farmers Market Veggie Plate ($14) to Sterling royal caviar ($125). There's also a seafood bar (think oysters, crab, and lobster) in addition to six salads ranging in price from $9 to $13.
We chose to start with two of the menu's four bikinis, a unique dish that comes from Catalonia and Spain. The miniature sandwiches, similar to a French croque monsieur or American grilled cheese, come on wonderfully soft, barely sweet challah bread that gets delicately toasted just on the outside.
The truffle bikini ($4) features Spanish Manchego cheese dressed with a light drizzle of truffle and chive oils, resulting in an aromatic and indulgent dish. The jamón serrano and Manchego bikini ($4) was also a nice way to start the meal, with dry-cured Spanish ham and more Manchego.