Bryant Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zap on July 9, 2002

This park offers an airy and somewhat luxurious respite from the hectic activity and concrete surroundings of midtown manhattan any day of the week. You can follow the self-guided tour signs to learn more about the park's history, or you can just pick a spot at any of the european-style cafe tables and write, draw, or look around and take it all in.

Several kiosks offer overpriced food and drink, including chains like Ben and Jerry's and Starbucks. You can't find a small bottle of water for less than 2.25 in the bounds of the park, but if you walk up one block to the SW corner of 43rd and 6th (Queen Bee Deli) you can get a quart of Poland Spring for 1.65. Similarly with the food: it's generally overpriced. The outdoor cafe on the east side of the garden offers a lunch menu which includes a bowl of gazpacho for $5.50 and a plate of brie and fruit for $9.50. A fancier restaurant is next to the cafe-- it looks expensive.

The best thing about this park, besides free movie nights and the scenery, is it's location-- right in the middle of everything and directly behind the New York Public Library (the famous one in the movies with the lions in front).

Bryant Park
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10110
(212) 768-4242

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