After two months of renovations, the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel starts serving tea again today. Big shot restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian has been slowly transforming all the food venues at the famed hotel (besides Todd English's basement food hall) over the past year, so today he rolls out his very own afternoon tea menu to go with the newly spruced up, opulent-as-ever space.
There are no drastic changes to the style here: tea still comes in the form of finger sandwiches and tiny pastries, at the steep price of $65 for the "New Yorker" menu (bagels and lox, egg salad, chicken salad, and the like) or $105 for the Champagne tea, which is peppered with more luxe ingredients like foie gras, peekytoe crab, lobster, and and caviar (for a supplement) and of course includes champagne. And since "tea time" can also mean "cocktail time," there's a menu of classics ranging from a cosmo to a negroni, all at the un-gentle price of $25.
For those not in the mood for the full teatime experience, the Palm Court also has a new all day menu of a la carte dishes ranging from a mezze platter to a burger to pastrami tea sandwiches. Next month, Palm Court will also roll out evening service, where guests will be able to get those same a la carte dishes alongside their expensive cocktails. Take a look at both menus, below.