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Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

The Palm Court relaunches at the Plaza on Thursday

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

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,

Eloise tea at the Palm CourtPaul Wagtouicz

Greenmarket egg white frittata at the Palm CourtPaul Wagtouicz


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