As the Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel was just redesigned and reimagined largely in part by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, it’s fitting that their evening cocktail and snack experience has become one of the most memorable nights out in New York. The famed landmark has been through wars and a depression, and it still stands as a palace of luxury in the city. The beautiful Palm Court with its soft lights, gleaming marble and soaring palms offers evening cocktails that fuse modernity with heritage.
Zakarian and mixologist Brian Van Flandern have created a decadent menu that puts visitors in a tough position – which direction do you want your evening to go? You can take a walk down memory lane to the days of Trader Vic’s restaurant in the hotel’s basement by indulging in a throwback cocktail like a Leche Dolce (rum, coconut water, milk and nutmeg) or Barbados Red Rum Swizzle (white rum, ginger beer, lime juice and cane sugar syrup). These cocktails were served in the restaurant between 1965 and 1995. Or, you can pour through the perfectly curated selection of wines or vintage liquors – with the help from the bartender and sommelier, of course.
If you’re in the mood for food, choose from offerings like: oysters, Yukon chips with caviar dip, lobster rolls, citrus olives or sweet soy chicken wings. With choices like this, it’s easy to see why those who come turn their cocktail hour into a cocktail evening.
If you’re interested in making your New Year’s Eve go from good to fabulous, you might consider the black tie event happening on December 31st at the Palm Court. It will be held from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, and will include passed hors d’oeuvres, a grand buffet dinner and dancing. All of this will be accompanied by live music by the Mike Herman band. You can find more information on the hotel’s website.
Photos courtesy of The Palm Court