The Oak Room (at the Plaza Hotel)

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The Oak Room
Midtown West
This landmark restaurant inside the Plaza Hotel has shaken off its tourist trap manacles with new talent in the kitchen: Eric Hara. The nostalgic menu offers muted opulence in the form of an ethereal lasagna filled with Jerusalem artichoke cream and shrouded in shaved truffles. Waiters in pin-striped vests deliver updated classics, like a duck à l’orange—a whole breast in a sweet-sticky kumquat-mustard glaze, with candied kumquats and cheesy polenta on the side. Close the meal with a delicate chocolate cigar, which recalls the Oak Room’s beginnings as a smoky men’s club.
Venue name: The Oak Room (at the Plaza Hotel)
Address: 10 Central Park South
New York

Cross street: at Fifth Ave
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–midnight
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: Average main course: $36. AmEx, MC, V
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