Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Goodbye Tavern on the Green.


Tavern on the Green will have its last seating tomorrow night. The legendary restaurant located at New York City's Central Park and West 67th Street, has been in operation since 1934 and is closing due to bankruptcy. So sad.

Many memories for so many of us. My first trip to New York in 1981 included a dinner there. I'll always remember the massive twinkling lights outside with topiary plants. Breathtaking Baccarat and Waterford chandeliers in all colors filled the ceiling of the Crystal Room. Very over-the-top!


My last visit was with Janet and Larry in 2002. We had tea and chatted. The room was kind of empty, but ethereal nonetheless. It was a great memory.

Guernsey's Auction House will be auctioning off the restaurant's interiors, which include decorative items from the 25,000-square-foot restaurant. Previews take place Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Tuesday, Jan. 12, noon to 8 p.m. each day. The public auction is Jan. 13-14 with 1 p.m. afternoon sessions and 6 p.m. evening sessions each day. The auction will take place in the Tavern's Crystal Room at 67th Street and Central Park West.

Some of the items being auctioned include:
  • Antique Tiffany stained-glass lamp shades
  • large, art nouveau mirrors, etched glass and Venetian glass
  • Baccarat crystal chandeliers
  • Japanese lanterns
  • china place settings, silverware, glassware and linens
  • canvas murals from the walls
  • outdoor topiaries
So, Goodbye Tavern on the Green. We'll miss you!

3 comments:

lisa golightly said...

What a bummer ... glad to say I had the opportunity to go last year.

Jacqueline said...

Oh Lynn, isn't it sad when an institution has to go.It seems so wrong, somehow.
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and I wish you and your family everything you wish yourselves for 2010. With love. XXXX

Mélanie said...

SO sad ! I didn't know about it ! I can't believe nobody wanted to buy it or to help them . It is such an institution