25 Moments From Tavern on the Green’s Crazy, Tacky, Totally Bonkers History

Photo: Ron Galella

There aren’t many restaurants that can claim a history like Tavern on the Green’s, having alternated between hot spot and tourist trap, all while decked out with some seriously over-the-top décor. The latest development is set to happen on April 24, when the restaurant finally throws a grand reopening party after being closed for nearly four and a half years. (There’s even a new menu.) Before that happens, though, it only seems appropriate to step back and look at how the place once was, since every A-list New Yorker showed up at some point. Here are 25 shots from the past, featuring cameos from Nora Ephron, Hugh Hefner, Gloria Steinem, Billy Joel (and two of his wives), and plenty of others.

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