New York | New York City09 Jun 2005 08:54 pm

June 05 review:

The Tavern on the Green on a sunny May afternoon is somewhat poetic – a private and peaceful outdoor setting amidst the hustle and bustle of New York. The place has maintained a good reputation over the years and is well worth a visit.

We each had salads (lighter fare realizing that we were planning a late evening with theatre and an 11pm dinner reservation at Babbo) and wine – with very good bread and excellent and friendly service. No trip to New York will be complete in the future without a visit here.

$$ to $$$

Central Park at West 67th Street
New York, NY
(212) 873-3200

Garden open May-October

Italian | New York | New York City09 Jun 2005 08:33 pm

Review June 05:

When in Manhattan, why not take a chance. What a place (we were so disappointed in a hotel concierge recommendation the night before that we took a chance on our own instincts and New York Times suggestions).

Damian the head man is a French transplant (wife from Iowa – what an international world we live in – and he appreciates the excellence of Iowa pork tenderloin), and owners are French, Italian and (from) Belgium. But the food is nothing short of great!

Ask for Chris the waiter – an upper peninsula of Michigan transplant who graduated to al Doge after assignment at the American Girls’ Place – no comment.

Wine choices are varied and fair pours the norm.

The grilled vegetable appetizer was perfect – just enough oil with a sprinkling of cheese – and al dente. Definitely enough to share. No salad needed here.

Pasta entrees galore – all we tried were excellent. Check their web site for details. Bread is also excellent.

The two trips to Doge will go on record as some of the best food experiences we’ve had so far. We will return.


142 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 944-3643

New York | New York City09 Jun 2005 08:19 pm

May 05 review:

The famous Sardi’s was our first night dining experience during our Manhattan getaway. What fun to be among the celebrities (that is, their caricatures on the wall). We chose a reservation right after playtime on Broadway (after around 8pm) and had the place to ourselves. Service was of course excellent, and the history of the place demanded a visit.

Wines by the glass were fine – and entrees acceptable but not the reason to come here. But then again, I have yet to try a rolled pasta entree I haven’t liked.

234 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 221-8440