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Take your breakfast on the terrace
Photo courtesy of Gramercy Park Hotel.

We’ve always looked longingly at Gramercy Park, wishing we could unlock the gates of the city’s private patch of land. But on the bright side, the adjacent Gramercy Park Hotel’s terrace rooftop is now open to the public--no key required.

Gramercy Terrace recalls the sophistication of turn-of-the-century country clubs with custom dining furniture and artwork by Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol hanging on the walls. Chef Jeff Seizer brings a menu of classic American comfort food, with the kitchen operating under Danny Meyer’s Hospitality Group.

The lush garden is the perfect environment to take in a light breakfast or late lunch alfresco. We sampled the clementine salad ($14) with crushed hazelnuts and white-balsamic vinaigrette as well as the braised-oxtail tacos ($14), filled with a sweet-and-spicy root-beer-chipotle sauce. For dessert, the salted-caramel chocolate cake is a must ($12).

Before leaving for the afternoon, we took in the sundrenched view with a gin-lime-and-sparkling-white-wine concoction known as the Hemingway 75.

It may not be a private park, but this place feels like our own piece of paradise.

Gramercy Terrace, 2 Lexington Ave. (at 21st St.); 212-201-2171 or

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