Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tavern On The Green

I must mention today a very sad victim of the recession. The famous Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York's Central Park is closing. Tonight, New Year's Eve 2009, is it's last night.
I was first introduced to this magical restaurant by my sister who took me there for brunch for my 30th birthday celebration. It was December, we rode a "hansom cab" (horse drawn carriage) through Central Park and got off at this incredibly beautiful place, adorned in pine floral arrangements with a glass covered solarium aglow with twinkling lights. The food was beyond anything I had ever tasted and the wait staff was white gloved and precise. Whoa! I knew I was not in Kansas, Toto!
I tried to recreate this magic with my family, Foxtrot Freddie and my sons in 1990. They were more impressed with the horse drawn carriage, but at least they were able to see the wonder of such an elegant landmark.

Lastly I took Foxtrot Freddie there for brunch on his 50th birthday. It happened to be Easter and they had spring in full bloom. There were sparkly pastel eggs everywhere, tulips, daffodils and other spring flower arrangements were bursting wherever your eye would wander. There was a fashion show of Easter bonnets by New York models meandering among the tables while a quartet played "In My Easter Bonnet".

I say a sad good bye to this lovely landmark and hope that some well-heeled soul buys it and restores it to the glory days.

1 comment:

Mama said...

I did not know Tavern on the Green was closing, that is very sad. Dan and I had dinner there a few times and it was always very special.