The Park is one of those restaurants that I’ve passed by a million times and it has always intrigued me, but until recently I’d never been inside. Well, now that I’ve corrected that egregious mistake, I can tell you that you shouldn’t hesitate to go in. Located on 10th Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets, it couldn’t be in a better location for a scrumptious (late) brunch after visiting some of Chelsea’s famed art galleries. Designed by Eric Good and Sean MacPherson, who also did The Maritime, The Bowery, The Waverly and Lafayette House, the restaurant is like a little indoor/outdoor oasis. You would never suspect that this lushly verdant space used to be a taxi garage. I could go on and on about the lovely atmosphere, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
On the other side of the bar, a fireplace blazes so patrons can lounge around. The details are all there, right down to the waiters’ t-shirts emblazoned with the New York City Parks Department symbol. Even the bathrooms downstairs have drool-worthy design features. The food, which is traditional American with a twist, was great. This is definitely a good place to bring someone you want to impress!
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