I was so disappointed to wake up this morning to find out that Tavern on the Green in Central Park is closing on December 31st. I always considered that place a New York classic that would always be there. I loved the look of the restaurant in the winter, all covered in snow while driving through Central Park on the way to work every morning. About six years ago, I took my niece Abby there for the very first time and we enjoyed it so much. Abby and I had a holiday tradition of her spending time in the city during Christmas break doing whatever her heart desired. On the day we were going to see The Nutcracker, I treated her to a special lunch at Tavern on the Green. She was five at the time. I will always remember her little eyes opening so wide when we walked inside and saw all the holiday decorations. She (and I) were thrilled that we were seated right next to the giant Christmas tree that was decorated with hundreds of beautiful and unique ornaments. She stared at that tree for a long time taking it all in. We also had a fabulous view of the ice sculptures out on the patio. A couple of years later when my other niece Isabel was old enough, I took both girls there and to see their little faces light up is the best memory in the world. While the food wasn’t anything special, it was the experience and I will remember my experiences at the restaurant for a lifetime. Too bad we won’t be able to give David the same experience now that the restaurant is closing its doors. How disappointing!
According to the iReport on CNN’s website:
“Tavern on the Green, one of the most famous sites in New York City and once one of the nation’s top grossing restaurants, will close its doors on December 31, 2009. Located in Central Park and 67th Street, it was originally a sheephold for the nearby Sheep Meadow. Converted to a restaurant in the 1930’s. it gained international fame with its 1976 re-opening at one point becoming the second highest grossing restaurant in the U.S.Since then it’s been the scene of Broadway opening parties, movie premieres and has been featured in films like “Wall Street” and “Ghostbusters” among others. The City of New York declined to renew its operating license in August 2009 and shortly after Tavern filed for Chapter 11 protection. Besides its glass framed dining and function rooms, the Tavern is well known for its outdoor space with horticultural figures and its entrance lined with yellow cabs and horse-drawn carriages.”