I’m excited that Tavern on the Green has finally reopened. It’s such a landmark in New York City’s Central Park and I can’t think of many restaurants that beat its location in Manhattan. In its glory days it was frequented by the likes of Grace Kelly, while John Lennon and his son Sean celebrated their birthdays there in the late 1970s. The aim of the new owners Jim Caiola and David Salama is to make this Gothic-Revival building an elegant yet casual place to eat. Architect Richard Lewis has designed a more authentic space than the Tavern’s former elaborate incarnation with darker wood, beamed ceilings and leather. Chef Katy Sparks has created a rustic, locavore menu—a burger with onion marmalade and patatas bravas sounds like the perfect fuel for a walk around the park.
Tavern on the Green, Central Park West & 67th Street, New York; 212-877-8684