Tavern on the Green
Dining in Central Park truly couldn't get any more "New York" than at the Tavern on the Green, which has been a dinnertime destination since the 30s. Originally a barn for the park's sheep that would spend their time in Sheep's Meadow (hence the Tavern's logo), the restaurant spills out into the park and was recently renovated, with wooden beams and pistachio-hued couches punctuating the space, as well as a circular bar surrounded by leather stools. For a classic experience, book a table during the holiday brunch - an annual tradition among many people born and bred in the city - and toast to the season with mimosas, roasted figs with goat cheese and honey, and maple bacon. Warning: the spiced eggnog crème brûlée with gingerbread cookies might also be difficult to avoid.
Central Park West 67th Street NY 10023