NYC's Tavern On The Green Closing

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    Dec 30, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    Another victim of the Bush Recession, the legendary Tavern On The Green in New York City's Central Park is about to close. Always a bit tacky for my tastes (a restaurant should never have a gift shop with souvenirs), and far too opulent in the gaudy Crystal Room (the antipathy of quiet elegance), it nevertheless had its fans.

    And touches of upscale civility, like the men's room attendants. Who would hand you a heated cloth towel as you left the sink, or who, for a knowing wink, would dry your hands for you as you held them out, naturally expecting in return a more generous tip.

    Interesting as I watch an old world die, and wonder what will replace it. I've seen it many times, the tasteless plastic 1960s being my worst experience. And nothing permanent, nothing lasting. You put your trust and your comfort into something, and next day it's gone. A good case for a world entirely of our own making, that we control ourselves. [SIGH]

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  • jperfit

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    Dec 30, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    BUSH,BUSH,BUSH- Bush has been out of office for a year now, did you every stop to think that maybe it was just time for the place to close? just like people,places die off and are replace with newer and didn't Obama say "its all about change"?
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    Dec 30, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    This has nothing to do with the recession, TOTG lost its lease to use the buildings and property within Central Park. The LeRoy family held the lease for 35 years, it has been awarded to Dean Poll for a period of 20 years.

    The TOTG grossed $34m last year. Hardly a closure due to the recession or Bush policy.

    MSNBC the new FOX News??

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a.OWifaOm_P4
  • metta

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    Dec 30, 2009 8:00 PM GMT

    So the top grossing restaurant is Tao, Las Vegas:


    http://www.taorestaurant.com/lasvegas/vr/

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    Dec 30, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    The first timeI was there was many years ago. Freshly "out". A man a bit older and very much wealthier thn me took me there and it was, for all its faults, and unforgetable experience.

    BTW.....take a look at the pic of the front of the restaurant. Right behind it is a famous gay cruising area....the "rambles" or brambles'...something like that. Vivid memories.icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 30, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    Ugh - I hated this place. It was really opulent inside, but I've honestly had better food at a TGI Fridays.

    Not that I go to TGI Fridays...

    Good riddance. Hopefully the new owners serve actual food.
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    Dec 30, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidThe first timeI was there was many years ago. Freshly "out". A man a bit older and very much wealthier thn me took me there and it was, for all its faults, and unforgetable experience.

    BTW.....take a look at the pic of the front of the restaurant. Right behind it is a famous gay cruising area....the "rambles" or brambles'...something like that. Vivid memories.icon_cool.gif


    I always think of the Rambles as being in the mid-70s, about 10 blocks up from TotG.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 30, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    So what, who cares. Businesses come and go folks. Get over it.
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    Dec 30, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    Tavern on the Green is an institution and it's a shame it'll be gone. That said, the food fucking sucked amoeba cock.
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    Dec 30, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    McGay saidTavern on the Green is an institution and it's a shame it'll be gone. That said, the food fucking sucked amoeba cock.


    Finally we agree!
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    Dec 30, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    Then I'm sure we both agree that you are one lucky man.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 31, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    Oh well, that is a bit of good news. Now the rats will have to dine elsewhere.
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    Dec 31, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
    Went to a rehearsal dinner there a few years back and still can't forget just how horrible the food was and how cheap/tacky it felt. Overpriced tourist trap is all it is as far as I'm concerned. My favorite in NYC was Payard up around 73rd or so...recently heard that it, too, closed.
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    Dec 31, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    Yes an institution however the food was VERY forgettable!!!
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    Dec 31, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
    RST2009 saidThis has nothing to do with the recession, TOTG lost its lease to use the buildings and property within Central Park. The LeRoy family held the lease for 35 years, it has been awarded to Dean Poll for a period of 20 years.

    The TOTG grossed $34m last year. Hardly a closure due to the recession or Bush policy.

    MSNBC the new FOX News??

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a.OWifaOm_P4

    Why post something that is 5 months old and no longer represents the current situation? I think you could have a future with FOX News. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 31, 2009 5:16 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    RST2009 saidThis has nothing to do with the recession, TOTG lost its lease to use the buildings and property within Central Park. The LeRoy family held the lease for 35 years, it has been awarded to Dean Poll for a period of 20 years.

    The TOTG grossed $34m last year. Hardly a closure due to the recession or Bush policy.

    MSNBC the new FOX News??

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=a.OWifaOm_P4

    Why post something that is 5 months old and no longer represents the current situation? I think you could have a future with FOX News. icon_razz.gif


    Well I do have a face for television icon_biggrin.gif

    I commented on this one because we received a few email appeals from the LeRoys to help secure their lease renewal via a public campaign.
    If they are $8m in debt, Id suggest they dont deserve to remain in business, $34m a year for many years now, and running that level of debt, or is it an operating loan and not actually debt? Accountants and their crazy spin. The food was horrendous, you have to admit that.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 31, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
    Well if its true that the food at this expensive place was lousy, chances are that is a major reason why this joint is going out of business. Who in their right mind would spend good money on lousy food just for a ritzy, upscale atmosphere?
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    Dec 31, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    What a sad, sad day. I grew up in NYC/N.NJ We, (my family and I), used to eat there all of the time. My 17th b-day party was spent there with my prep school mates as guests. Mother and Father used to host wonderful parties there.
    It was a special place. It's a true loss for NY society. icon_sad.gif
    Cheer,
    Keith
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