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Palm Court

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American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Wine Bar
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Fifth Avenue, The Plaza , Central Park South, New York City, NY 10019 (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South)
Subway: N, R, Q, F, E, 4, 5, 6 are all within walking distance.
212-546-5300
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Geoffrey Zakarian has re-launched the iconic Palm Court at The PLAZA HOTEL...
Geoffrey Zakarian has re-launched the iconic Palm Court at The PLAZA HOTEL with a complete renovation helmed by Master Architect Thierry Despont. Zakarian showcases classic American menus from morning to evening, and while staying true to its original design intent, Despont has brought the grand feeling of Central Park indoors, with garden elements such as caning, large potted plants, four soaring palm trees and an oval trellised bar anchoring the room, creating an ambience that feels warm, private and glamorous. Bespoke furnishings provide a relaxed, yet elegant setting well-suited for either a professional breakfast meeting or an evening of cocktails crafted by mixologist Brian Van Flandern. Afternoon Tea truly shines as well with custom tableware and china, a tea list with worldly depth, and of course, a bit of Eloise too. This elegant room marked with its stained glass dome and impressive height adds a touch of old New York to a very polished and modern sense of hospitality
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The Perfect High Tea

One of the most beautiful places to enjoy high tea. Its high priced, but the food is high caliber and the tea selection is superb. They even ave an Eloise inspired tea for little ones (or little ones at heart!) If you are thinking of visiting, be sure to make a reservation in advance.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
Natalie M
Good for:
  • Romantic
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful places to enjoy high tea. Its high priced, but the food is high caliber and the tea selection is superb. They even ave an Eloise inspired tea for little ones (or little ones at heart!) If you are thinking of visiting, be sure to make a reservation in advance.

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Datchet, England, United Kingdom
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50 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

We decided to have afternoon tea in the world famous Palm Court located in the Plaza Hotel, Central Park. We had our elderly mother with us and she was so pleased to be able to experience this visit. It is everything you have ever heard about the service at the Palm Court and more. We were made to feel like... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

What a disappointment, afternoon tea at the Plaza is not a good use of your time or money... The food was above average however that is the only redeeming point. The hundreds of staff that work there seem to have had limited training and the manager was as elusive as the service you would expect. So a few points... -... More 

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Haverhill, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I decided to treat my son to breakfast at the Palm Court during a recent trip to NY. From the beginning, the table was not fully set (condiments missing, etc.) The waiter we had took our order and then we never saw him again unless I flagged him down. I ordered toast and it was never brought. When I finally... More 

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

A great place and lovely atmosphere for afternoon tea with champagne at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel. We had a great time there and staff were attentive. Although we had difficulty in finding toilets (restrooms). But a small point, based on what we paid, no refill of sandwiches or petit cakes were provided (compared with other locations with... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A group of six of us went to The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel. The waiter was rude, arrogant and only took orders for two people's coffee before walking off mid way through us ordering! He was really rude to all of us each time he came to our table. However the worst part was that we all split... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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12 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I have had two previous attempts to have afternoon tea at the Plaza foiled. First my flight was delayed by a day (the day my reservation was for amongst a fully booked agenda) and then the Palm Court was closed for renovations. My next visit to New York would be three years later and it was, frankly, underwhelming, largely due... More 

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We just wanted to have a late afternoon drink... 4 waiters/waitresses were behind the bar, discussing and not really eager to serve ... No smile, no particular attention to the guests. The attitude very arrogant. On top of that the prices on the bill did not correspond to those on the menu. When I noticed it the waiter not even... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I am extremely disappointed that The Palm Court allows people to sit there in sneakers and sweaty t-shirts. It is unexplainable to me why you don't have a dress code set in place and ensure its being respected. There were people around me that were dressed lovely and I had dressed up myself to respect your ambience and price tag... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

As a Brit visiting NYC, I was so excited to have afternoon tea at such a special location. I carefully checked the dress code to ensure I would be scrubbed up appropriately. I didn't need to have bothered. Many people were wearing jeans and very casual clothes to the extent that I felt over dressed in a smart dress. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Fifth Avenue, The Plaza , Central Park South, New York City, NY 10019
    (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South)
  • Public Transportation: Subway: N, R, Q, F, E, 4, 5, 6 are all within walking distance.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-546-5300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Geoffrey Zakarian has re-launched the iconic Palm Court at The PLAZA HOTEL with a complete renovation helmed by Master Architect Thierry Despont. Zakarian showcases classic American menus from morning to evening, and while staying true to its original design intent, Despont has brought the grand feeling of Central Park indoors, with garden elements such as caning, large potted plants, four soaring palm trees and an oval trellised bar anchoring the room, creating an ambience that feels warm, private and glamorous. Bespoke furnishings provide a relaxed, yet elegant setting well-suited for either a professional breakfast meeting or an evening of cocktails crafted by mixologist Brian Van Flandern. Afternoon Tea truly shines as well with custom tableware and china, a tea list with worldly depth, and of course, a bit of Eloise too. This elegant room marked with its stained glass dome and impressive height adds a touch of old New York to a very polished and modern sense of hospitality
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

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