Food carts are coming to one of New York City's most famous dining establishments. The Tavern on the Green
in Central Park was shut down on New Year's Eve and the interior decor was sold off last Januaray. But the restaurant will be a food destination again when four food carts start selling upscale fare at the Tavern's outdoor terrace on October 15.
Ladles of Love will serve soups and stews with a whole grain roll. Pera Mediterranean Brasserie will feature Turkish tacos. At Rickshaw Dumplings you can fill up on dumplings stuffed with pork and Chinese chive or chicken and Thai basil. For dessert head on over to the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck to enjoy high-end ice creams and pastries. The four vendors were selected from a pool of 15 applicants.
The carts will be located in the area that originally housed Tavern on the Green's Crystal Room. The restaurant was originally expected to reopen this year but the new manager, New York restaurateur Dean Poll, could not agree to terms with Local 6, the labor union representing Tavern's 400 former employees and so his contract with the parks department was terminated. At this point it's unclear whether or not the parks department plans to open up a new request for proposal for the site and start the whole process again. Until then however, the new food carts will turn Tavern on the Green back into a dining destination for this willing to dine alfresco.