Tavern on the Green reopens after a yearlong hiatus
Central Park fixture Tavern on the Green has finally reopened after staying dark for just over a year due to the pandemic. The century-old restaurant, located across from Sheep Meadow and known for its sprawling outdoor patios offering stunning views of the park, is back up and running with reworked lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus served in its central restaurant, the main outdoor courtyard, the beer garden, and the south terrace.
The restaurant has been one of the few spots in the city that laid dormant throughout the entire coronavirus crisis in NYC. Now, as the dining destination gets back on its feet, it has equipped itself with a full range of dining options headed into the summer: The landmark restaurant is offering lunch sandwiches, snacks, and alcohol with online ordering through a to-go window; lots of outdoor seating with weekend live music; and indoor dining at 50 percent capacity.
The reopening follows a March announcement that the Central Park Loeb Boathouse — another park mainstay for dining amid picture-perfect outdoor landscapes — was at last reopening after its own yearlong pause as it struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic.
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— Zaro’s at Grand Central is hosting a pop-up through the month of May with Hudson Valley vegan cheese brand Treeline, according to a company representative. The bakery will be selling bagel sandwiches made with Treeline’s cashew-based cream cheese.
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