Take a look inside the all-new Tavern on the Green, opening April 24

The Central Park landmark restaurant—closed since 2010—gets a rustic, wood-fired makeover

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

Photograph: Filip Wolak

For 75 years, the gilded dining room nestled inside Central Park was a New York hallmark, a scenic magnet for tourists, brides and megawatt diners (Grace Kelly, John Lennon) alike. (Also: dog monsters and future minions of Gozer). When the razzle-dazzle cash cow went bankrupt and shuttered in 2010, high-profile backers from Danny Meyer to Donald Trump expressed interest in reviving the historic space. Surprisingly, despite the number of big names fleetingly rumored to be attached to the Tavern, it was a pair of Philadelphia crêpe makers that won the bid: Owners Jim Caiola and David Salama (Philly's Beau Monde) have revamped the landmark as an urban farmhouse, decorated with wood-beam ceilings, leather-covered tables and multiple hearths.

Chef Katy Sparks (Quilty's, Mesa Grill) pulls a total 180 from the original's Eisenhower-era plates for modern, fire-driven fare: wood-roasted Japanese eggplant with pomegranate and sheep's-milk yogurt, braised farro pasta with blistered sweet peppers, and lamb shank with creamed chards and mint gremolata. The 11,000-square-foot space—nearly half the size of the old Tavern—features a dining room enclosed in a glass cube overlooking the park, as well as a 300-seat courtyard and an outdoor bar. Central Park West at 67th St (212-877-8684)

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)


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