The National Arts Club New York • (NAC) A place where most would want to visit but only a few may shall pass. The National Art Club is a members only access restaurant, located just across the street from the beautiful Gramercy Park. Open for lunch, drinks or dinner, a great option to seat at their living rooms windows facing the park and enjoy your favorite drink a a top New York style.
The National Arts Club is located in the historic Tilden Mansion. 15 Gramercy Park was built in the 1840’s and its original flat-front, iron-grilled appearance matched the style of the houses still maintained on the west side of Gramercy Park. Samuel Tilden acquired 15 Gramercy Park in the 1860’s, and in the 1870’s gave the house a massive overhaul. Tilden hired Calvert Vaux, a famed architect and one of the designers of Central Park to “victorianize” the facade with sandstone, bay windows and Gothic Ornamentation. John LaFarge created stained glass ceilings for the inside of the mansion, and Italian wood carvers made the fireplaces. Glass master Donald MacDonald wrought a unique stained glass dome for the building. All of this prompted architect PhilipThe pre Tiffany done right over the bar area, where you will start your night to later move over to the dinning area.
The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by Charles de Kay. Charles was the literary and art critic for The New York Times for 18 years. He and a group of distinguished artists and patrons conceived of agathering place for artists, patrons and audiences in all the arts.Vitraux all over the venue that reflect the class and heritage of this private club. Bohemian, stylish and full of details.
The Tilden Mansion is both a designated New York Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. In the 1960’s, New York declared 15 Gramercy Park South a New York Landmark, and in 1976, the Federal government declared it a National Historic Landmark. The Tilden Mansion continues to inspire artists from around the world. NAC member Albinus Elskus undertook a restoration of the MacDonald dome in the 1970’s, and recently, in 2000, Danish sculptor Tycho Flore created a piece inspired by and from the same material as the Calvert Vaux facade.
The National Arts Club fosters young artists with a number of awards and scholarships. Many of the committees award scholarships to young artists, writers and singers. The National Arts Club Opera Competition attracts international applications. The Club is as committed to nurturing young talent as it is to recognizing established artists.
We had an amazing dinner at the dinning area. We all shared starters like Crab Cakes, Fried Calamary, Cheese and Salad. My choice for the night…. guess… my all time favorite Pepper Crusted Tuna with Wasabi sauce.
The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street) between Park and Irving Place, on the southwest corner of Gramercy Park. Club events at The National Arts Club are open to Members and their guests only. The exceptions are gallery shows and private events.