You can’t go to the Big Apple without hearing about any number of highly rated restaurants you should try. If you’re planning a Central Park bike tour, there are several choices right in the park where you can enjoy a pleasant meal. Whether you are looking to grab a snack and keep moving or more in the mood for something to sit down and savor, there is an establishment ready to satisfy. The following gives you some of the highlights you can find in the park.
A Tartine at Le Pain Quotidien
You can find a branch of this unique eatery in the Mineral Springs Pavilion. The menu is well known for having a large selection of organic choices, in particular, artisan breads. Tartine is a term used to describe the open-faced sandwiches it serves on whole-wheat, organic sourdough. The avocado toast is a well-loved favorite using chia seeds, citrus cumin salt, and virgin olive oil. You can choose to add smoked salmon or an organic hard-boiled egg for an additional fee. Other interesting options include the prosciutto, ricotta, and fig, as well as the pole-caught tuna. Many also love to come and share a platter, such as the vegetarian selection featuring hummus or either of the cheese offerings.
Coffee-Chili Rubbed Pork Loin at the Loeb Boathouse
This romantic establishment was built in 1954 and has a glass wall that drops in the summer to give an even better view of the lake. While it is true their menu is filled with exquisite dishes you should give a try, one of the most highly recommended is the coffee-chili rubbed pork loin. This elegant dish is served with hibiscus, sweet potato, baby carrots, plantain, and green peppercorn sauce. While on your Central Park bike tour, you will want to remember that dinner is only served during the summer months. A couple other dishes to try here include the Macaroni Au Gratin, Scottish salmon ala plancha, and the Boathouse smoked fish platter.
Beer Braised Short Rib of Beef at Tavern on the Green
This well-known establishment is not lacking a large selection of delicate gourmet dishes for you to try for lunch, dinner, or brunch on the weekends. By far one of the most popular dishes is the dark beer braised short rib of beef served with aligot cheese potatoes and wild mushrooms. It pairs well with a bold red wine. Weekend regulars love the smoked salmon soft scrambled eggs served on grilled wholegrain toast and topped with chives.