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Dining Near Central Park

Indulge in a wide variety of culinary offerings when you stay at our hotel on Central Park South. Whether you're packing a picnic for the Great Lawn or dining in style SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant, our hotel is the ideal destination for travelers with an appetite.

History of SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant

SOUTHGATE is the name of JW Marriott Essex House New York's flagship restaurant. The name speaks to the restaurant's location at the southernmost part of Central Park.


There are 20 gates to Central Park, the names of which were chosen more than 150 years ago by the park's commissioners to welcome visitors whose professions might be represented. The Scholars' Gate, the Artists' Gate, the Artisan's' Gate and the Merchants' Gate all run along Central Park South - but you won't see any actual metal gates or anything more than carved signage as a designation. That's because in the early 1860s, the park's designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, fought hard against proposed decorative gates, or anything else that would detract from the low walls, wilderness and simplicity of the park, which they felt represented the spirit and democracy of America. And they won.


The next time you pass through one of the invisible gates created long ago, you'll be transported magically in seconds -- from the urban landscape of the city to the lush beauty of Olmsted and Vaux's pastoral one.

Dining Near Central Park


Inside JW Marriott Essex House New York

154 Central Park South

New York, NY 10019

(212) 484-5120


SOUTHGATE is a modern tavern offering a variety of seasonal tastes and flavors. The restaurant features an American menu of locally -sourced ingredients focused on tapas and small bites, complemented by a generous selection of libations.


Lakeside Restaurant at the Loeb Boathouse

Inside Central Park


72nd and Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10019

(212) 517-2233


This eatery offers fresh, upscale cuisine and a unique ambiance. The Loeb Boathouse also hosts an outdoor bar and grill and an express café.


Sarabeth's Central Park South


59th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

New York, NY 10019

(212) 826-5959


Offering contemporary American cuisine, a warm atmosphere and friendly service. Sarabeth's is a neighborhood staple and popular destination for discerning visitors.


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