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No. 9 Park Restaurant Review: A special event is one reason to come to this French and Italian restaurant, but serious foodies, fans of chef-owner Barbara Lynch, and those with unlimited expense accounts round out the crowd. Lynch has made a name for herself with a wide range of eateries to her credit, including B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Sportello, Stir, Drink and Menton. The interior is comfortably designed with muted taupes and dark woods. Diners may splurge on the weekly changing chef’s tasting menu, which includes dishes like her famously rich prune-stuffed gnocchi with seared foie gras and toasted almonds in a vin santo glaze. (Guests may also select a three-course prix-fixe menu or order à la carte.) You may also find Berkshire pork with fava beans, English peas and amaranth. Desserts round out the evening with possibilities like ricotta cheesecake. The bar menu offers intriguing options as well for less-dear prices, such as fried clams, Prime steak tartare or confit duck leg. The wine list highlights varietals from Italy, France, Austria and Germany, but there is also a selection of artisanal American wines.