There’s something terribly romantic about botanical gardens, and this restaurant—on the grounds New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx—holds the same lovely appeal. The eatery is located in the garden’s Ross Conifer Arboretum, with an interior crafted from oak trees felled there by Hurricane Sandy. Spacious, airy, tastefully—and modestly—decorated, the lunch and dinner menus feature farm-to-table New American plates crafted by restaurateur Stephen Starr. The surprisingly expansive selection features plenty of greens amidst the meat, poultry and seafood, all served in simple yet elegant dishes, though an “In ‘N Out” style burger seems to be a popular item. A selection of classic cocktails is available as well. Though open to the public, it shuts at the same time as the gardens, at 6pm.
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