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The sun-filled Washington Park features views onto the storied Washington Square Park and is in a landmark building that once housed the Fifth Avenue Hotel.<br><br><br><br>Situated in a landmark, Emory Roth-designed building that once housed the Fifth...

The sun-filled Washington Park features views onto the storied Washington Square Park and is in a landmark building that once housed the Fifth Avenue Hotel.

This story first appeared in the September 17, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Situated in a landmark, Emory Roth-designed building that once housed the Fifth Avenue Hotel, the bustling Washington Park restaurant, with views onto the storied Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, is talked about as much for its warm and refined decor as its robust, seasonal menu.

The sun-soaked, 100-seat dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen, a stylish 10-seat bar and golden yellow walls displaying the works of Frank Stella, Robert Kushner, Wayne Thiebaud and French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue.

While the menu changes daily, stand-out dishes have included a refreshing yet earthy asparagus and beet salad topped with a blood orange vinaigrette; red pepper pancakes made with a pureed roasted pepper batter and topped with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and salmon roe; pork tenderloin served on a bed of dandelion greens, kale and sweet spring onions, and crisp soft shell crabs battered in a light, Sancerre wine-flour mixture and served with mustard flowers and mizuma.

Dessert knockouts have included the rhubarb upside-down cake served with buttermilk ice cream and the hot fudge sundae with pecan brittle, bourbon cream and caramel ice cream. Appetizers range from $11 to $16, main entrées from $25 to $32, and desserts are $9 to $11. Washington Park, 24 Fifth Avenue, (212) 529-4400.