On the last warm day of Indian summer, I arranged to meet my beloved hubby for lunch at a wonderful outdoor café, where we could sit and enjoy the 80 degree weather.
Hand in hand, we walked a couple of blocks from his Midtown office to Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
Why a church for lunch, you may ask yourself? Well, Saint Bart’s, as it is affectionately known, has taken advantage of its prime location on Park Avenue by having a small café inside its stone courtyard.
Originally, Café Saint Bart’s served sandwiches and simple small bites, like salads, however, in 2008, a new, full service restaurant opened in its place. Inside Park at Saint Bart’s has converted the Great Hall of the Community House into an indoor restaurant,
but in summer, the buzz is all about the outdoor terrace and its delicious cuisine.
Beloved hubby had been squiring clients there all summer and had even brought home a menu for my perusal. That’s when I decided to make it to Inside Park at Saint Bart’s for myself one day. And so, I did!
Because we had no reservation, we grabbed a seat at the curved stone bar and ordered drinks. The bar overlooks New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
My drink, The Violet, was a beautiful light amethyst color with a purple pansy floating in it. It included the herbal liqueur Saint Germain as well as a violet liqueur, so it smelled divinely flowery and herbaceous.
For lunch, I ordered salmon over leeks in a cream sauce with fingerling potatoes. Simply perfection! Not too heavy, not too much starch. A creamy, subtle, multi-textured delight.
(Inside Park at Saint Bart’s is located at 109 East 50th Street at Park Avenue)
After lunch, I took pictures of the window boxes on the terrace,
interesting architectural details,
and these small gardens surrounding the church.
As I walked back with hubby to the office, I stopped to snap these shots along Park Avenue in the sunshine.
I’m glad I took the time out to enjoy our last day of warm weather with great food and even better company.
Wishing you every blessing,