I actually had fond memories of the place. About fifteen years ago,during her Fall Break, my daughter and I were visiting NYC. We were having a very busy day going through the Met., then walking through the Park. We happened upon the place and went in. It was a cool, clear, brisk late October day. The place was not very crowded at all.
We had a small version "afternoon tea". The service was excellent and the wait staff was very cheery (esp. for NYers). My daughter still remarks about that delightful afternoon we spent there and the very pretty setting! Maybe just there at the right time.