Tavern on the Green
*UPDATE: Tavern on the Green will reopen on April 24, 2014. Reservations are now being accepted for dinner, and lunch and brunch will be starting in May.*
Established in 1934, when it replaced the sheepfold that had once housed the sheep of Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green has since become a New York City icon. The restaurant consisted of several rooms, including the well-known Crystal Room, which offered beautiful views of the adjacent garden. It was the second highest-grossing restaurant in the US owned by an independent party, having earned its revenue from over 500,000 visitors.
During its early years, Tavern on the Green was known for its spacious dance floor that offered nightly dancing to live music, surrounded by Elm trees and twinkling lights. As the century progressed, the restaurant was frequented by famous artists and celebrities such as Grace Kelly and Fay Wray. John Lennon celebrated several of his birthdays at Tavern on the Green in the late 70's, and it was the restaurant of choice for opening night festivities of Broadway shows.
Despite its popularity, Tavern on the Green welcomed guests for the last time on December 31, 2009 after filing for bankruptcy. No longer the famed restaurant featured in shows such as Live with Regis and Kelly and 30 Rock, the building was re-opened in October of 2010 as an information center and gift shop.
Tavern on the Green closed again for renovations in 2012, but is now slated to reopen on April 24, 2014. Reservations are now being accepted for dinner, and lunch and brunch will be starting in May.
— Jesse M. Wheeler