Evening in the Garden in Central Park

Evening in the Garden in Central Park

A summer night, warm, gentle breezes, a lush, green oasis, refreshing yet pungent cocktails, the light mist of a cool fountain, and lively music to keep you going. The Central Park Conservancy’s Annual Evening in the Garden in Central Park is a peaceful respite away from the heat and hustle and bustle of NYC in the summer, without having to leave the city.

Evening in the Garden in Central Park

Evening in the Garden – Central Park is a fabulous annual soirée put on by The Greensward Circle, the Central Park Conservancy’s network of young professionals.

The annual event takes place in the Conservatory Garden, on the garden’s pergola beneath a canopy of wisteria overlooking six acres of gorgeous fountains, blooms and lush landscapes. The event celebrates the beauty of Central Park and the mission of the Central Park Conservancy to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park.

 

Woman standing against a black fence with a backdrop of a large fountain at the Central Park Conservancy Garden

Friends posing in the Central Park Conservancy Garden at Evening in the Garden.

Young professionals under wisteria at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

 

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: Who Attends

This year’s event was attended by 700 young philanthropists looking to give back and have a great time. $50,000 was raised from 2016’s event, and the funds will be used to support the restoration and management of Central Park.

 

two women at evening in the garden central park

Stylish young people at Evening in the Garden

Young women enjoying evening in the garden

 

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: What to Wear

Evening in the Garden is THE place to see and be seen, so wear your summer’s best! Ladies wear summery dresses and cocktail attire.

 

Women wearing dresses in the Central Park Conservancy Garden

Women wearing summery dresses at Evening in the Garden

Fashionably dressed women at Evening in the garden in front of a fountain

 

While dapper gents don linen pants, button down shirts, and seer sucker suits. Looking fine, gentlemen!

 

men in fashionable attire at evening in the garden

Stylish man wearing seersucker suit at Evening in the Garden

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: The Food

I was expecting your standard cocktail fare at Evening in the Garden, but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of options provided. Delicious food was provided compliments of Ocean Prime, SoomSoom, and The MasalaWala.

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime featured Ahi Tuna Tartare, White Truffle Caviar Deviled Eggs and Carrot Cake. It was so good I had to go back for seconds and thirds!

 

ocean prime restaurant menu

Plate of deviled eggs from Ocean Prime restaurant on a table at 2016 Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Cups of Ahi tuna with avocado from Ocean Prime restaurant on a table at 2016 Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Plate of carrot cake squares from Ocean Prime restaurant on a table at 2016 Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

SoomSoom

SoomSoom is a vegetarian fast food restaurant that serves delicious, healthy and high quality vegetarian Mediterranean food. I am a huge fan of falafel (and am vegetarian), so these falafel pita sandwiches seriously hit the spot.

 

Sign with SoomSoom restaurant menu on table at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Salads on a table from SoomSoom at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Falafel sandwiches by SoomSoom on a platter on a pink table at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Person holding a plate with a falafel sandwich and mixed Mediterranean salads by SoomSoom at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

 

The MasalaWala

Another vegetarian food option was The MasalaWala, with South Asian street-style cuisine. We noshed on samosas and belphuri, a type of chaat made out of puffed rice, vegetables, chick peas and a tangy tamarind sauce. Mango lassis were a great way to combat the spice!

 

Sign for The Masalawala restaurant at Evening in the Garden in Central Park

Masalawala restaurant menu NYC

samosas masalawala nyc

 

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: Libations

Such great food needs to be accompanied by great drinks! Luckily, there was no shortage of those. Beverages were provided compliments of The Bronx Brewery, Riviera Imports, and Tres Papalote Mezcal.

 

Cans of Bronx Brewery Beer on a table with a pink tablecloth

Bottles of wine from Riviera Imports at Evening in the Garden

image of the specialty cocktail sign for tres papalote magical cucumber margarita

Tres paplotes cocktails being served at Evening in the Garden in Central Park

Bottles of Tres Papalote Mezcal on a green table with ceramic pitchers at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: The Music

What is a garden party without music? One of the reasons I had so much fun at Evening in the Garden was because of the fantastic live music.  High and Mighty Brass Band played throughout the event, combining classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences.

 

HIgh and Mighty Brass Band playing at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

High and Mighty Brass Band at Evening in the Garden in Central Park

High and Mighty Brass Band playing at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: The Location

Most New Yorkers (and visitors) have been to Central Park, but far fewer have been to one of New York’s most exclusive venues, the Conservatory Garden, located inside Central Park at Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street.

 

Two women walking through gates into the Central Park Conservancy Garden.

 

View of the Central Park Conservancy Garden at Evening in the Garden

Young professionals chatting at Evening in the Garden in Central Park.

 

The tips of skyscrapers peek out from the lush greenery, just to remind you that you are, in fact, still in Manhattan.

 

skyscrapers seen from the central park conservancy garden

central park conservancy garden and fountain

 

Evening in the Garden – Central Park: The Price

It pays to get your tickets early. General tickets are $175 at the door, but I snagged mine at the beginning of May and paid only $100. Plus, this year, if you attended Evening in the Garden, you received $100 off membership to The Greensward Circle. 

 

The Greensward Circle members having fun in front of a fountain at Evening in the Garden in Central Park

 

Doesn’t this look like fun?! It was! If you’re thinking about attending Evening in the Garden next year, keep in mind that Greensward Circle members receive complimentary admission plus a guest. See you next year!

 

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  • Karley

    Great post!