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The Palm Court

Restaurants, Tea rooms Midtown West
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Time Out says

The iconic atrium at the Plaza returns after six months of renovation with a focus on breakfast and afternoon tea. Helmed by Iron Chef alum Geoffrey Zakarian (Town, Country), the revamped restaurant features a larger indoor garden below its soaring stained-glass dome, including oversize potted greens, ceiling-high palm trees and an ivy-covered trellis. Hints of Zakarian’s Armenian-American upbringing come forward on the menu—see Middle Eastern–inspired dishes like shakshuka, a Tunisian-Israeli breakfast of pita bread and poached eggs doused in a spicy, cumin-tomato sauce. Afternoon tea service, a collaboration with Palais des Thés, features leaves from across the globe such as London Early Grey (bergamot, cornflower), Geisha green tea (cherry blossom) and Mekong black tea (pear, mint). A tribute to the hotel’s literary heroine, the Eloise tea includes a collection of childhood-favorite sandwiches and savories like bite-size grilled cheeses, chocolate mousse and even cotton candy.



Address: The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave
New York
Cross street: at Central Park South
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: Average main course: $24. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Daily 6:30–10:30am, 11:30am–5pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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I did not know what to expect when I visited them a week ago. I was definitely impressed by their precisely selected decor and overall beachy atmosphere. The have a gorgeous/ one of kind venue that offers hotel guests as well as New Yorkers a great setting for tea time conversations, richly crafted cocktails at the center bar as well as swanky brunch stays and views. Their cheese plate selections were exceptional and overall arrangement and food quality were among the best I have had in the city. I was a little surprised when it comes to a small size pineapple juice which was mostly ice being priced at $12.00 each on top of the extra $5.00 charge for extra jam. That was a little excessive knowing that was well aware of the possible food/ cocktail cost during my short stay. Again, I did not have a problem buying $25.00 cocktails if I had known that a regular mini juice would have costed me that much. In any case, I was truly pleased with the friendly crowd, the elegant atmosphere and overall chic vibe. I definitely recommend stopping by if not for a full meal at least for their dessert towers with numerous options for the sweet lovers. They offer fancy seating arrangements that would provide you with unique comfort  during your brunch endeavors.