Lunch at Tavern on the Green, NYC

Old Feb 14th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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I too, like Elainee would be questioning the whole tour and how much the tour cost. $79.00 at TOTG is crazy for dinner, much less for lunch. I had brunch there a couple of years ago and it was lovely but it was springtime. Food was decent. Look at the cost of your trip.
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Old Feb 15th, 2007, 12:26 PM
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I am a NYC foodie who has been on a mission to find the best brunch (food/service/value/ambiance quality) and I have to state firmly that you must avoid going to one of NYC's brunch traps... TOG (I can't even say the name out loud let alone type it in full). Just don't waste your valuable $79.00 by going to that place. A local New Yorker would likely go to Isabella's, Ocean Grill or Ouest for a Sunday brunch. Telepan would be a good place for a more upscale brunch. Norma's at The Parker Meridien Hotel is popular too (I didn't care for it). These are all in the TOG/Central Park vicinity. The Boathouse view is unbeatable in spring/summer. I enjoyed brunch at The Nougatine Room (Jean Georges) at Trump Intl. Hotel. Just be the wise tour member and go anywhere but where your tour is going.
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Old Feb 15th, 2007, 03:30 PM
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The Boathouse is one of my Park favorites, as is the Petrie Court Cafe in the Metropolitan-lovely settings, each for different reason. Another favorite is the Trustees Dining Room at the Met, but that is not open to everyone.
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 06:57 AM
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The only black tie wedding I was ever invited to was at TOTG. Since we don't own such attire, we gave our regards.
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 11:52 AM
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I must agree with the rest I would do lunch @ the boathouse. Try their Bellini's... They're Delicious!
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Old Feb 16th, 2007, 08:57 PM
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What was RHRD's point or reason for posting a comment here.... is s/he just a RHTRD?
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I was wondering about rhrd's out-of-left-field-black-tie comment, too. Anyhoo, back to it. CJBROWN, you're correct to lean toward skipping this tour lunch. As a resident of NYC, I second the twilight cocktail at TOTG, as the lights are quite pretty. But for lunch, grab your pals and strike out on your own. If you must stay on the Upper West Side (to get back to the bus or whatever), Cafe des Artistes was a good suggestion The building's colorful history, the gorgeous hand-painted murals, the impeccable service and the good food are well worth the price (which, even a la carte, is nowhere near $79). You may recognize some movie scenes that were filmed there. If you're not afraid of the subway, Blue Water Grill at 14th Street/Union Square is where a lot of NYC gals do brunch. Wherever you go, do make a reservation.
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