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Eater Inside Throwback: Washington Park

This week, as New York grounds mostly to halt to observe the last week of summer, we'll be dipping deep into the Kalina Archive to bring you some of his gems from back in the day. Put your Startac on vibrate and let's get going.

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The Kalina Archive, 5/22/02

Here we have Jonathan Waxman's Washington Park, closed, in the restaurant space that is now the wine temple Cru. Although Cru sommelier Robert Bohr has made the wine cellar his own, he inherited quite a lot of the Washington Park cellar at the outset, a testament to how good a wine program was at Washington Park. But though Waxman managed to get two stars from William Grimes, the place never really caught on. 'Twas too pricey, too stuffy for what was conceived of a summery, breezy restaurant. Plus, Waxman's food is much better housed in a place like Barbuto, his newer restaurant on Washington Street. For the complete throwback experience, further reading at the Times.

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