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Todd English Previews Basement Food Court to Food World

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Say what you will about celeb chef Todd English, but he knows how to throw a good food party. Last night, the overbooked chef wooed writers (both food and otherwise), industry types, and Plaza Hotel VIPs by offering a sneak peek at his glorified food court, The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. The basement space is located right behind the condotel's little shopping mall and features half a dozen booths serving everything from sushi to burgers, dumplings to tapas.

It's a pretty space, and everything served last night—lobster! oysters! crab legs! aggressively pushed salty pizza!—ranged from decent to very good. A shame though because about 85 percent of food-focused New Yorkers will never set foot in the space (because, well, why would they?). But we're happy to report that the residents and guests at the Plaza and the fancy ladies that shop in its basement will have tasty noshes. Oh, the gift bag had a Todd English frisbee in it. The menus are below and read more details about the space here and here.

the ocean grill and oyster bar

raw bar
chilled jumbo prawns $20.00/4 pcs
oysters on the 1/2 shell $3.00/ea
(east and west coast)
maine lobster cocktail $18.00/half lobster
woodbury’s little neck clams $1.50/ea
alaskan king crab– 1/2 lb. $26.00
full lb. $50.00
jonah crab claws $3.00/ea
grand raw bar tasting $42.00/per person
full sampling from our raw bar

from the grill
grilled new england lobster “roll” $21.00
new bay butter, mustard dressing, bibb lettuce, brioche
chermoula marinated jumbo prawns $18.00
lemon and parsley salad
atlantic salmon filet $12.00/$18.00
grilled leeks, almond romesco
yellow fin tuna $16.00/$24.00
shaved radish salad, cilantro, ginger dressing
red snapper fillet $14.00/$24.00
roasted baby beets, pistachio vinaigrette
whole grilled branzino $24.00
wild arugula, preserved lemon, garlic
SERVED WITH CLASSIC COCKTAIL SAUCE, TELLICHERRY PEPPER MIGNONETTE
WHOLE MUSTARD AIOLI

sides $6.00
balsamic roasted cippolini
brandade fritters
with roasted tomato
broccoli rabe with chilis
char grilled asparagus
with preserved lemon
creamy spinach
garlicky spinach
parmesan fries
smoked paprika potatoes
sour cream yukon gold potatoes
spicy kimchi

The Grill
burgers and sliders
SERVED ON TOASTED BRIOCHE, ACCOMPANIED BY PICKLED VEGETABLES
SERVED WITH PICKLED VEGETABLES, TE (TODD ENGLISH) SAUCE
prime rib sliders $16.00
caramelized onion and fontina
mini lamb gyros $14.00
sliced rotisserie, lamb leg, tahini yogurt
minted cucumber salad
the slider $10.00
cheddar, lettuce, tomato, fried onion,
egg and onion roll, sweet mustard relish
crab salad rolls $18.00
toasted onion brioche, new bay aioli, scallion
tender bibb lettuce, tomato
food hall burger $14.00
1/2 lb. american kobe, fried onion, grilled bacon
roasted tomato, gorgonzola, bbq sauce
turkey “plt” $12.00
grilled pancetta, whipped avocado, bibb lettuce, tomato
classic $10.00
cheddar, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, mustard, relish

Char Grilled
CHIMICHURRI, CHOICE OF BREAD
piedmontese strip steak 10 oz $28.00
piedmontese rib eye 12 oz $32.00
grass fed organic hanger steak $22.00
free range grilled chicken $16.00
chorizo with cippolini & salsa verde $16.00
apple wood smoked turkey breast $14.00
berber smoked pork shoulder $16.00
mediterranean roasted lamb leg $19.00
american kobe pastrami $16.00
spit roasted prime rib $22.00
organic half chicken $16.00
carvery
1/2 LB CUT TO ORDER WITH TE (TODD ENGLISH) SAUCE, WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD
PICKLED VEGETABLE, CHOICE OF GRILLED BREAD
breads
marble rye
sullivan st ciabatta
brioche sandwich roll
baguette
multi-grain

Dumpling Bar

noodles
pork udon $15
roasted berkshire pork, rich broth,
thai chilis, spinach, carrot, poached egg
porcini soba $10
buckwheat noodle, scallion, carrot,
porcini-miso broth
shrimp stir fry $15
udon noodle, prawns, ginger, cashew, scallion, orange
chilled soba salad $9
carrot, sesame, snowpeas, cilantro, chilis

handmade dumplings
5 PIECES SERVED WITH KIMCHI SIDE
braised beef $12
lemongrass cream, grilled scallion ginger vinaigrette
chinese chicken and ginger $9
classic soy dipping sauce, sesame snow peas
vegetable $10
whipped silky tofu, carrot, cucumber
slow smoked pork $12
house-made plum sauce, orange, scallion

Tapas

signature pasta tasting
tastings $9
butternut squash ravioli
brewer butter, sage, parmesan
artichoke cacio e pepe
tagliatelle, pecorino black pepper, artichoke silk
bucatini amatriciana
cured pork, toasted garlic, crushed tomato, basil
spaghettini pomodoro
toasted garlic, crushed tomato, basil

signature tapas
hot tastings $6
marinated lamb skewers with rouille
brandade fritters with roasted tomato
grilled chorizo with cippolini & salsa verde
chermoula marinated shrimp spiedini
charred octopus w/ grilled leeks & almond romesco

cold tastings $5
food hall mezze
toasted pita, hummus, carrot harissa, tahini yogurt
toasted marcona almonds with seasalt
rapini salad with toasted garlic and chilis
sweet and sour squash caponata
roasted baby beets with pistachio and manchego
marinated olives

Sushi

sushi/sashimi
sushi rolls
PER PIECE
yellow tail $3.00
bluefin tuna $6.00
fluke $3.00
salmon $3.00
kampachi $4.00
octopus $3.00
sea urchin $4.00
shrimp $3.00
bluefin tuna $10.00
bbq eel $6.00
sea eel $10.00
mackerel $3.00
king crab $4.00
red snapper $3.00
white tuna $3.00
ikura $3.00
tobiko $3.00

Sushi Roll
spicy tuna $8.00
California $7.00
salmon skin $8.00
yellowtail $8.00
cucumber $6.00
yellowtail scallion $10.00

specialty rolls
dragon roll $10
eel, cucumber top with thin slices of avocado
rainbow roll $10
crab stick, cucumber, top with assorted fish
shrimp tempura $10
tempura shrimp with cucumber and avocado
served with eel sauce
king crab maki $15
cilantro, jalapeno, blackened tuna
sea dragon $14
bbq eel, tempura shrimp, spicy mayo
uptown veggie $7
cucumber, avocado, asparagus
tuna two way $13
spicy tuna, blufin, avocado
pesto maki $13
salmon, tuna, yellowtail, basil, cucumber, avocado
crunchy shrimp $13
tobiko, eel sauce, tempura flakes
omakase
chef selection to your taste market prices HAND ROLL/CUT ROLL

PIZZA
golden potato $13
rosemary crust, caramelized onion, yukon potatoe
fontina, crème fraiche

bianca $11.00
bufala mozzarella, parmesan, extra virgin olive oil
arugula, cherry tomato salad

fig and prociutto $12
rosemary crust, fig jam, gorgonzola, prosciutto

spit roasted chicken $12
caramelized onion, aged provolone, arugula pesto

bronx bomber $10
roasted tomato sauce, caramelized onion, mozzarella, pepperoni

smokehouse spicy chicken sausage $12
balsalmic onion, roasted tomato sauce, herb ricotta

quatro formaggi $12
bufala mozzarella, herb ricotta, fontina, pecorino

classic $9
roasted tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, basil
italian sausage $12
roasted red pepper, sweet italian sausage, aged provolone

add-ons $1.00
roasted chicken
caramelized onion
spicy chicken sausage
pepperoni
prosciutto
balsamic roasted onion
bufala mozzarella
aged provolone
fontina
herb ricotta
gorgonzola

salads
add warm roasted chicken $3.00
simple salad $5
mixed baby greens, cherry tomato, shallot vinaigrette

plaza niçoise $13
extra virgin olive oil poached tuna, haricot vert
hard-cooked egg, yukon gold potato, black olive vinaigrette

wild arugula $11
shaved red onion, 90-day aged pecorino
lemon vinaigrette

baby spinach $12.50
smoked bacon, gorgonzola dressing, cherry tomato
shaved onion, dark rye crouton

the greek $13
baby red romaine, feta, baked phyllo, cucumber
olive, tomato, oregano dressing

tomato $12
torn basil, shaved red onion, bufala mozzarella, garlic crouton

te caesar $11
grilled travesano, garlic parmesan dressing

The Plaza Food Hall

1 West 59th St., New York, NY

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