Iconic Central Park Restaurant Tavern on the Green Reopens
Tavern on the Green, a Central Park restaurant, reopened Thursday in its old location at the West 67th Street entrance.
Restaurateurs Jim Cailoa and David Salama redesigned the establishment in an urban rustic style. The changes were inspired by the building’s past as a barn and sheepfold for the sheep that gave the surrounding Sheep Meadow its name.
The property’s exterior Gothic façade was restored, and a curved trellis of espalier fruit trees now leads to the entry garden and bar terrace.
The restaurant’s Bar Room, which features a dark mahogany bar and a scagliola fireplace with carved sheep heads, can seat up to 150 people. The South Wing, with mirrored panels and upholstered walls in green and brown fabric, seats 120.
The Central Park Room is more modern, with off-white leather tables and ivory-stained wood chairs, and can seat 140 guests. The room also has an open kitchen with twin rows of grills and planchas.
The restaurant’s Green To Go window on the South Terrace offers park-goers sandwiches, snacks, and drinks.
The menu features farm-raised and organic ingredients in dishes, such as the Heritage Breed pork chop with wood roasted rhubarb, and the braised lamb shank with cream chards.
Tavern on the Green was a popular dining destination for New Yorkers from its opening in 1934 until its closing in 2009. Until its reopening, the building was being used by the Parks Department as a visitor center.