New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
The Park is a massive 1000-seater designer restaurant-bar built in what used to be a garage. Expect a brick wall, timber roof interior decorated with everything from Mexican tiles, swanky Italian furniture and an indoor tree – what they’re calling Hunting Lodge hip meets Palm Beach modernism. It’s more than that, though. Parkers take seats at spacious booths or banquettes and order a mix of Mediterranean and Pan Pacific cuisine, with everything from lobster to roast suckling pig available. Every cocktail imaginable is delivered to your table – not exactly promptly we know, but think of the size of the place. The main worry is where to base yourself: there are two dining rooms, an outside garden, an upstairs penthouse with an outside space and a huge sofa-and-carpet lounge. The glass-enclosed Atrium is perfect for a bright night, or the outside garden lets you linger in the open air, watched by an assortment of tin deer and gnomes (if you’re willing to trust the weather, this setting is also a great venue for private events). The Red Room is fortunately nothing to do with Christian Grey there’s nothing to cause you pain in this lush, Asian-inspired space boasting wicker scoop backed chairs, glass topped tables and raw silk covered banquettes. The main room itself is also pretty impressive, not least because it features a 30 foot cluster of bamboo at its heart. Keep an eye out for Broadway celebs in the booths next to you and if service is slow remember you’re here for show. What’s more, The Park offers excellent brunches and lunches for families on Sundays.