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Inside Park at St. Bart's

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Saint Bartholomew's Church
325 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.756921 -73.973291
at 50th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, American Traditional
  • Price Range: $$

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  • Critics' Rating: *

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Official Website

insideparknyc.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 11:30am-9:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.

Prices

$24-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Classic NY
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • View
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

The grandly vacant community hall of a famous midtown church is certainly a novel location for a fancy restaurant. But it can also be an unfortunate one. That was the consensus at the table as my guests and I peered around Inside Park at St. Bart’s, which operates in an annex hall of Saint Bartholomew’s church on Park Avenue. The big space used to be the site of church pageants and socials, and when empty (or mostly so), it exudes an eerie, doomed feel. Flapper music echoes eerily over the speaker system as waiters gamely perambulate trays of food to and fro among the sea of white tops. “We’re on the Titanic,” someone said. “I hear the sound of the waves. I feel the tables listing gently off to the right.” Chef  Michael DeJesus’s menu ranges from bistro-style dishes (French onion soup gratinee, steak frites) to Italian starters and pastas (truffle risotto balls, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage) to New American standards (a grass-fed burger, herb-roasted lamb chops).

Historical Note

The church lost a Supreme Court battle in the nineties to build an adjacent high-rise, and since then it has run this unusual café to support its landmark neo-Byzantine building, built by Bertram Goodhue in 1919.

Summer Sundays
The restaurant serves brunch on Sundays during the summer. Call ahead for hours.

Note
The vacant room brightens at lunchtime, when business folk fill the tables and a decent burger is served.

 

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