After two years of renovations and a series of hold ups, Central Park‘s historic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally set to reopen this month. Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that their revamped version of the dining landmark, which dates back to the 1880s, will be ready to open its doors on April 24th. Eaters eager to delve into the Tavern’s new menu, which will feature local foods, can start booking their reservations right now.
Tavern On The Green has been a part of New York since the 1880s, when it was a stable for sheep until the early 1930s, after which the space was retrofitted into a restaurant in 1934. The Central Park eatery then continued operating until it was closed after a 2009 New Year’s Eve party. Now Caiola and Salama have teamed up to re-establish the restaurant as a renowned dining hub on the Upper West Side. The chefs promise the menu at the tavern will embrace New York’s cultural melting pot and be based around seasonal and local ingredients.
Broadway set designer John Lee Beatty, architect Richard H. Lewis, lighting designer Ken Billington and landscape architect Robin Key all worked together to restore the Victorian and Gothic elegance of the semi-circular building. The interior, meanwhile, has been redesigned to be “authentic, natural, elegant and sexy.” The architects say it is reminiscent of an Italian villa or a historic Hudson River Valley manor.
The space features a 110-seat garden where guests can enjoy cocktails. Inside, a large, oval mahogany bar stands on the side of a semi-circular, high-backed banquette while seating for 150 rounds the perimeter. Following the preview dinner, Tavern on the Green will hold a brunch service on Mother’s Day weekend from May 10th to the 11th. Finally, the grand opening will officially open the space on Tuesday, May 13th. To book your reservation visit their website or call 212-877-TOTG (8684).
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