No. 768

There’s something about autumn in New York—a crispness to the air, a change in the fashion scene, heartier menus, and fall fruit and vegetables coming into season.

At The Plaza, change is brewing: The Palm Court has reopened under the culinary direction of Geoffrey Zakarian with a reimagined Afternoon Tea experience and, for the first time in our more than hundred- year history, a centerpiece bar and an evening cocktail menu. Thierry Despont, renowned designer, worked his magic on the redesign of the space, and no detail was overlooked. Soaring palm trees appear to graze the lay light; mirrored tables reflect candlelight; lattice trim appears along the bar and on accent pieces, evoking a garden trellis that’s also reflected in the custom-designed carpet. Rounding out the offering is a new breakfast menu that appeals to any palate.

In The Plaza Food Hall, more change is afoot as we welcome Daniel Boulud’s Epicerie Boulud, featuring his signature salads, sandwiches, and breads and pastry. Later this fall, drop in and enjoy a glass of wine at Vin Sur Vingt’s new uptown spot, pasta at Ora di Pasta, and a newcomer to New York: Pazzo Rollio, a South American rolled “pizza” filled with a variety of seasonal ingredients.

Eloise is up to her usual antics, and we often hear tales of the mischief she creates wherever she goes. Stop by and ask where she is on any given day and everyone can tell you where to find her.

In this issue, Geoffrey Zakarian talks about his new role as Culinary Director of The Plaza, his collaboration with Thierry Despont, and catering to the myriad guests and palates that come through our doors. We explore our affinity with tea: the tradition, the abundance of varieties available, and the history of The Palm Court when it was known as The Tea Room. A new feature focuses on Faces of The Plaza—we profile Executive Chef Michael Lockard as he juggles all of our menus and culinary offerings.

Our chefs share some of their best recipes for fall, along with festive cocktails for entertaining. Satisfy your sweet tooth and check out our dessert round up in The Plaza Food Hall with creations from Lady M, FP Patisserie, William Greenberg, and more. The Todd English Food Hall offers an eclectic menu, featuring eight different cuisines that make it the perfect spot for a group of friends who all want something different. Where else can you do that under one roof? And Todd English gets the last word in sound “bites.” See what he has to say about some of his favorite things.

Last but not least, we have changed our name. No.768 gives us an opportunity to explore everything under our historic gabled roof. As someone once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.”

—Kristin Franzese

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