ESCAPE LONDON, VISIT AMERICA – Superb dining at The Tavern on The Green, New York
Situated on the Upper West Side in the heart of Central Park, this again is a must for tourists, who are not travelling on a student allowance. At an average of $17 a starter and $28 for the main course, it wouldn’t suit everyone’s budget. However, as the saying goes ”You get what you pay for” and in this case, superb location, great service and amazing food. The views overlooking the park are worth a visit alone. The restaurant itself is open and light and with the windows facing onto the patio and park. even though we went on a relatively dull day, it appeared bright and sunny.
I loved the whole ambience and set up and although the styling of the restaurant gives a nod to the history of the building and it’s 1940’s roots, it still felt modern and contemporary. We had opted for a lunch time and I can only imagine with the lighting, it may have looked even better over dinner at night. Well they say you learn something new every day…..We decided on Bucks Fizz to drink and after a baffled look from the waiter, we described the Champagne and Orange Juice. He informed us that Americans call it Mimosa. I can honestly say, the ‘Mimosa’ went down a treat!
I loved the whole ambience and set up and although the styling of the restaurant gives a nod to the history of the building and it’s 1940’s roots, it still felt modern and contemporar
Although not on the appetiser menu, the chef prepared me a starter portion Caesar Salad, which was served with full lettuce wedges, anchovies and croutons. The Caesar Dressing was just gorgeous and I found myself declaring that it was even better than the one at the Astoria the day before.
My colleague went with the Hard Boiled Eggs, Picapeppa and Remoulade sauce, which he informed me that although, he did not know really what to expect, it was actually very tasty.For the main course, I opted for the Roasted Olive Oil Salmon, Garlic White Beans and Fig and Kumquat relish. The salmon was cooked to perfection, the beans were a nice touch and whatever Kumquat is?? It tasted great. I also chose a side order of Coleslaw, which was the crispiest, sweetest Coleslaw ever and if I found a restaurant in the UK that served one like it, I would be there every week.
My Companion went with the Grilled New York Strip Loin Steak, which came with Wild Mushrooms and Rich Potato Mash, which although at $56 would appear a little pricey, he told me it was so good it was worth every dollar.
Again very full by now, we ‘had’ to sample desserts. Romi, the excellent and very sweet waiter recommended the Signature Birthday Cake. This comprised of a Vanilla Cake, Ricotta Mousse, Rasberry Verjus Coulis and Chantilly Cream and I have to say his recommendation was spot on. After declaring, that I could probably only manage to eat a spoonful, I gobbled down the lot, it was so good.
My colleague went for the Single Origin Chocolate Mousse which came with Lemon Butter Cookies, which he said was good, but after trying a taster of mine, wished he’d gone with the cake.
All in the Tavern on The Green was a superb dining experience and somewhere i would definitely go back to.
|Central Park West & W 67th St, New York, NY 10023, United States
Heart London Magazine 5 * Star Rating
Terry and Denise, Heart London Magazine