768 5th Ave (Plaza Hotel), New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764581 -73.973760
Daily 6:30am-10:30am, 11:30am-5pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Editorial Review – After a grand renovation The Plaza's restaurant has reopened, legendary tea service intact.
Bring back the buffet! – Went there for brunch hoping to find the pre reconstruction abundance, fun and a gorgeous spread inside the room in the back of the Restaraunt as well as stunning people watching
Instead we got:
1. regular food off the menu
2. high chairs that give you privacy but make it impossible to people watch
Please, please bring back the wonderful buffet!
NY Diner – My husband and I had a good recommendation for high tea at the Plaza. I was disappointed with the service and food. First of all, there was only one hostess to sit you while the line wrapped around the restaurant. When we were finally sited, we had the Plaza high tea. Caviar was served plain on a doughy pita, proscuitto sandwich was very chewy, pastries were good but skimpy, and we havent seen our server until our check. After our experience at the Plaza, I wished we went to Peninsula for high tea.
Being Courted – Are you in the mood to be transported? Courted, by a bygone era, wafted aloft by the spirits of true ladies and gentlemen? Was that Joan Fontaine I saw in the spring of 1990, sitting just four tables over? Did Raymond Burr just sit down, with Barbara Hale? And what year was that? The atmosphere can tingle when you least expect it, while you are being lulled with a suculant crab salad, and the lightest of white wines imaginable. When you reach to pick up a blueberry beignet, you are liable to glimpse Robert Vaughn or Sally Field enjoying a few moments of gratuitus anonymity.
Sunday brunch is awesome – I totally pig out when I go to the brunch here. Not because I'm one of those All-You-Can-Eat types, but because there is just so much beautiful food! From their italian cold cuts, variety of olives, sauteed/grilled veggies such as leeks, whole garlic, asparagus, to their smoked fishes, made-to-order eggs, fresh pastry, excellent cheeses, various meat casseroles, stewed fruits such as figs, peaches, etc. to their delectable desserts..... it is a total feast. I go a few times a year and we sit for a few hours, gorging ourselves. If I had one complaint it would be the rather complacent, apathetic waitstaff, who, for the tips they must earn, could try to at least pretend they like their jobs.
2nd Visit was a Big Disappointment – I wasn't impressed the second time around. There's no reservations for less than 8 ppl, so we 6 stood on line for over an hour. Foodwise: Sandwiches - ok. The scones - very good, although it shrunk in size from the last time I was here. Dessert was definitely skimpy this time. There was only one tiny dessert per person. To pay $29 for afternoon tea for that little amount of food is definitely not worth it. Here's my bit of advice: You can come one time for the experience, because ambience-wise it's very nice. Other than that, there are definitely better places for afternoon tea in the city that is worth the money. Another note, the place was only supposed to automatically add gratuities to parties of 8 or more...they added it to ours anyways. This is the last time I'm going to the Palm Court for afternoon tea.
High Tea is an experience – Knowing they don't take high tea reservations, we were concerned about getting seated on this Friday afternoon, but we showed up af 4pm and were surprised to be seated right away (even wearing jeans!). Our first brush with service was far from right away, though, so be prepared to wait several minutes (10+) for your waiter to show up; once he did, however, service was great. We ordered the deluxe high tea for 2 - most of the food served was ho-hum, except for the scones and clotted cream, which were divine. The constant flow of tourists peering over your table as they walked through the hotel gets a bit annoying, but I guess that's part of the overall experience. Overall, food is only ok, but it makes for great people watching and a fun experience.
Brunch in Excess – The Sunday brunch is a gourmand food fest. It excells in variety and quantity, but is not top-notch.
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