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Restoring the building to its original footprint was necessary to retain landmark status.
Guests can watch Chef Katy Sparks in action in the large open kitchen; grills and planchas divide it from the bar area.
A focus on the kitchen is key to the new design; the operators want Tavern on the Green to be a food destination, says architect Richard H. Lewis.
Victorian replicas add to the decor.
Mirrors reflect the bucolic setting.
A new marble fireplace soars to the cathedral ceiling.
Social Monk Asian Kitchen will be the chain’s second try at an Asian concept and will debut this fall.
And only one of those new staff members is human.
Eleven Madison Park, which took top honors last year, fell to No. 4 on this year’s ranking.
The chain is taking steps to bolster its quality positioning with a new “Fresh Mexican Grill” tagline and changes in the restaurant.
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