|The once-swanky Tavern complex.|
NEW YORK -- Move over white tablecloths, casual dining is officially coming to the formerly fancy Tavern on the Green.
The city kicked off the public process of finding a new operator for the storied Central Park eatery, once one of New York's most well-known restaurants and a popular tourist attraction.
In a request for proposals released Thursday, the Parks Department said it wants a casual restaurant, outdoor cafe and bar at the Tavern site, which once served pricey prime rib beneath chandeliers.
The famous name will stay the same, but the new incarnation of Tavern on the Green will be a "moderately priced" neighborhood dining destination, according to the 37-page RFP outlining the city's vision for the restaurant, which sits just inside Central Park, at Central Park West and West 67th Street.
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