The Palm Court

A Central Park landmark
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The Palm Court restaurant inside The Plaza Hotel is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and cocktails and afternoon tea.

Open seven days a week, The Palm Court is a tradition that’s as iconic as New York itself. There’s a reason F. Scott Fitzgerald decided to set scenes from The Great Gatsby at this storied restaurant.

The atmosphere is elegant and polished, and the service is one of a kind. Despite the formalities, The Palm Court is exceptionally family-friendly, which helps create a more casual feel. Still, expect white tablecloths and silver, and a menu filled with dishes that are as classic as the experience itself.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Steps away from Fifth Avenue shopping and the southern-most entrance to Central Park, The Palm Court restaurant is inside Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Plaza Hotel in Midtown on the East Side of New York.
  • Since The Palm Court first opened, it has become as much of an icon as The Plaza. That’s why F. Scott Fitzgerald decided to film scenes from The Great Gatsby in this New York restaurant — The Palm Court is a popular location for many popular novels and films.
  • If you’re traveling with kids, you have to remember to order from the Eloise menu at The Palm Court. Featuring breakfast and lunch dishes with kid-friendly names, your children will delight at what they get to say when they place their order: “I’ll have the Charge it Please, Mac and Cheese!” for example.
  • Afternoon Tea is an institution at The Plaza Hotel. Served between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., choose from a menu that’s both savory and sweet or indulge in a themed option, including the Classic, the New Yorker or even a Chocolate Tea.
  • A relatively new experience at The Palm Court, make a reservation for the Chef’s Table at lunch. The menu is based on daily market availability, but it’s a great way to experience the restaurant’s commitment to sustainable cuisine.
Things to Know
  • More of a daytime spot, this New York restaurant is open seven days a week to serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Breakfast is offered weekdays from 6:30 until 11 a.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., while evening snacks and cocktails are offered daily from 5 p.m. until midnight and on Sundays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., with food being available until 11 p.m.
  • The dress code at The Palm Court restaurant in New York is business casual. Jeans are acceptable, but aim for a look that is polished if you can.
  • If you’re interested in making a reservation for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at The Palm Court, your best bet is to call in advance. You can phone the restaurant directly or you can go online to OpenTable.com. Reservations are also accepted via email at palmcourt@fairmont.com.
The Food
  • The American cuisine found on the menu at the Palm Court marries a modern approach to food with the traditional style that you would expect to find at the Four-Star Plaza Hotel in New York. Executive chef Willis Loughhead features a range of fresh and seasonal ingredients, many sourced locally from New York State and surrounding environs.
  • If you visit Palm Court for brunch, which is served on Saturdays and Sundays only, you won’t want to miss the decadent lobster and waffles with a generous mound of American caviar heaped on top.
  • A cut above the classic Cobb salad, the seafood Cobb is laden with edible treasures from the deep: Maine Lobster and Laughing Bird Shrimp which pair well with the traditional toppings including crisp bacon, blue cheese and hard-boiled eggs.
  • The Pan Seared Branzino is another lunchtime favorite that comes complete with an arugula salad, hon shimeji and royal trumpet mushrooms.
The Drinks
  • Recently, The Palm Court restaurant at the Four-Star Plaza Hotel launched its bar and cocktail program, created by mixologist Brian Van Flandern.
  • Palm Court classic cocktails include the Gatsby Mint Julep (made with Four Roses bourbon, fresh lime juice, cane sugar syrup, mint, Hennessy VSOP cognac float) and the Orson Wells Negroni (made with Tanqueray Ten Gin, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and Campari).
  • The bar also offer savory fares and tea tiers to accompany the drinks menu, like pastrami tea sandwiches and New York-style cheesecake.
Getting There
768 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York 10019
TEL212-546-5300
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