wedding weekend dining
- debbie huggins
Help! I'm so confused. We are getting married in
Central Park at noon on July 24, and want to have lunch
for eight people following the ceremony. I am torn
between lunch at Tavern on the Green or Park View at the
My cousin is all for Tavern, but others keep
reporting that it is too touristy, kitschy, etc, and
that the food isn't very good. But my cousin says that
the Boathouse is not special enough, and that she has
had many a delightful meal at Tavern on the Green.
Steven Shaw sent me a message telling me to avoid Tavern
at all costs! This is driving me nuts.
I would love feedback. I'm trying to make this
decision from Pittsburgh, and it's not easy. If I were
in NYC, I would just go and check out both places,
Steven is right - avoid Tavern on the Green.
Everything you have heard is true - it is a tacky
tourist trap with horrible food. It does have a great
location (obviously), but in my opinion, this does not
make up for all the other faults.
Debbie--I've never eaten at the Park View. From what
I've heard, the food is better than Tavern on the
Green's, but not great.
Have you considered walking across the street to Cafe
Des Artistes, at 1 W. 67? It is less than a five
minute walk from Tavern on the Green, and it is lovely
and quiet. I'm not sure what they do on weekends,
though. Not that Zagat's tells the tale, necessarily,
but for your reference, the food ratings of the three:
Park View: 18
Cafe Des: 24
The Park View might be $10-20 less than the other two
Regardless of your choice, I'm sure it will be a
Have you considered going further (farther?) afield or
is location the big concern? With 8 in your group it
shouldn't be too tough to get around on a Saturday
afternoon. If you widen your area even by only a few
blocks you'll be inundated with terrific choices,
especially for a special event like your wedding. In
any case have a wonderful day!
re: Barbara S
I Would most definetly consider going farther or further
afield. A few blocks won't matter at all. We are
looking for a pretty spot with outdoor dining and
tolerance for children. Good food is very important.
By the way, I called Tavern on the Green and they were
absolutely awful to me. Everyone else that I've talked
to in NYC has been tremendously helpful and
accomodating, especially the staff at Le Parker
But Tavern wouldn't even take my reservation (too far in
advance), or let me talk with someone about a few
special arrangements...Like a WEDDING CAKE, for heaven's
sake. Everyone elso seemed to know the score on this
place. Thanks for all the feedback. Looking for even
more suggestion. Thanks, thanks, thanks, The Bride
I know wherever you eat, it will be a wonderful day!
However, a few suggestions to ensure your happiness...
DON'T eat at Tavern, even if they could take you! The
Boathouse is supposedly improving with the new chef
Cafe Des Artistes (67th bet CPW and Col.) is
absolutely my favorite, at least uptown (maybe even
"all in all"), speak to them in advance, they are very
accommodating! Ask to sit in the area right up the
stairs, cozy and private but looking over everything
and of course right behind it is the bar. Very cool...
Also, there is Lespinasse in the St. Regis Hotel on
55th st. Again, one of my faves with superb food and
service. Also, speak to them in advance. Beautiful
room, wherever you sit!!
Mark's, in the Mark Hotel on Madison and 77th. Lovely
elegant setting, they have weddings in the hotel all
the time. Another great idea...
Lastly, if you were to travel downtown, Capsouto
Freres on Washington and Watts Sts in Tribeca. Hard
to find but WELL worth it. A lovely french country
atmosphere with lots of beautiful flowers. Beautiful,
romantic, excellent food. Also, speak to them in
advance, they would love it!
Please let us know what you decide and of course, how
it turns out. Congrats again!
Hi! Been so caught up with getting back to real life
after all the wonderful wedding stuff, that we forgot
to post a follow-up, as Rachel reminded me.
Here is where we had our wedding lunch:
We chose Barbetta on W 46, based on the beauty of their
garden and their receptive manner of taking our
reservation. Well, it was way too hot to eat in the
garden (about 97 @ lunchtime), and the kind person who
made the reservation was nowhere around for the actual
lunch. But the room was pretty, the food was good (not
great) and the service was just ok. We had a good time,
and it was a fine choice for the two small children in
our wedding party. There weren't many patrons, and so
we were comfortable spreading out with the kids.
The wedding in Central Park was fantastic, and our
room in the Essex House Hotel was unbelievable, as were
the service and attention from the hotel staff. The
entire weekend was truly special, even though Barbetta
wasn't perfect, the weather was as hot as the hinges of
hell, and The Beautiful South cancelled their concert
that we had tickets to. It just proves that true love
and romance add a glow that overcomes all.