5. Inside Park at St. Bart’s
Inside Park serves lunch, dinner, and cocktails, all from its location adjacent to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Its elegant Byzantine decor, along with 15-foot-tall stained glass windows and decorative stenciling on the ceiling, create a particularly elegant atmosphere perfect for fine dining.
The restaurant replaced the church’s original Great Hall, but still bears vestiges of its grand past. Its original hanging fixtures still illuminate the room, and its 30-foot ceiling creates a beautiful and roomy feel. The original building was created in a neo-Byzantine style by Bertram Goodhue in 1919.
Still, the restaurant, which serves American Nouveau fare, cannot entirely fill the Great Hall. In fact, its existence is a consolation prize for the church’s lost effort to build an adjacent high-rise in the nineties.