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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

The Palm Court relaunches at the Plaza on Thursday

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo
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Shakshuka at the Palm CourtPaul Wagtouicz


The Plaza Hotel's iconic atrium returns after three months of renovation with a focus on afternoon tea. Helmed by Iron Chef alum Geoffrey Zakarian (The Lambs Club), the revamped restaurant features a larger indoor garden below its soaring stained-glass dome, furnished with potted greens, ceiling-high palm trees and an ivy-covered trellis above the new oval bar. Hints of Zakarian's Armenian-American upbringing come forward on the menu—see Middle Eastern-inspired dishes like Tunisian-Israeli shakshuka (pita bread and poached eggs in a spicy, cumin-tomato sauce). Afternoon tea service, a collaboration with Palais des Thés, features leaves such as Lords Earl Grey (bergamot, safflower) and a tribute to the hotel's literary heroine, the Eloise tea, which includes childhood favorites like grilled cheese and cotton candy. The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave at Central Park South (212-546-5300, theplazany.com)

Eloise tea at the Palm CourtPaul Wagtouicz

Greenmarket egg white frittata at the Palm CourtPaul Wagtouicz

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