Curtains for New York’s crucible of kitsch

The Independent — January 07, 2010

If the Land of Oz were to have a restaurant, it used to be said, the Tavern on the Green would be it. Nestled at the side of Central Park, it lured generations of New Yorkers and tourists alike to dine in an opulent den dripping with crystal chandeliers, oversize statues and fanciful murals. It was a landmark where, until his death in 2001, its wizard, Warner LeRoy, wowed patrons with his bonhomie, his showbiz tales, and a wardrobe of outlandish jackets fashioned from tablecloths picked up around the world.

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