Party Like Gatsby At The Plaza’s ‘Great Gatsby’-Inspired Parties & Brunches

Premature excitement (PE): a common symptom of a little-known syndrome called “The approaching opening of a much-delayed 3D blockbuster movie based on a classic book.” The culprit: The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carrie Mulligan – opening May 10th.  Due to New York’s severe case of PE,  every aspect of its most storied, classic hotel – The Plaza – is getting Gatsby’ed up for the occasion as early as March 20th, The hotel is introducing Gatsby-inspired dishes like deviled quail egg salad, Prohibition cocktails served in “discreet” Plaza flasks, grape Gatsby massages – even a “Fitzgerald Suite” – anything that will give you an excuse to party like the profiligate bachelor.

The Plaza’s transformation into the decadent Gatsby world includes:

– “Gatsby Hour” at The Rose Club on Wednesdays and Thursdays, where you can sip their Prohibition-inspired signature cocktail from an engraved, “discreet” Plaza flask and sway to the tunes from a live jazz band.

– “Brunch Like Gatsby” at the Todd English Food Hall, which includes a weekend brunch menu with classic 1920s dishes.

– The Moet Pop-Up at the Champagne Bar, where first-class Moet Imperial champagne will be served alongside a debut of the Moet Champagne cocktail entitled "Moet Imperial Gatsby."

– “Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages” at The Palm Court, where you can dine on deviled quail egg salad, curried lobster salad, banana financier, and chocolate bonbons

–  “Caudalie Grape Gatsby” treatments at the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, which will recover you from the previous evening’s affairs.

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New York Opening: The Plaza Food Hall

It’s been something of a rollercoaster these last several years for New York’s most storied hotel. But The Plaza’s unquestionable bright spot has been the Food Hall, the first phase of which was unveiled in summer 2010 as The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. Now known as The Todd English Food Hall, the superstar chef’s section, with its widely popular Pasta Bar, remains an anchor. But now comes this impressive new expansion, which puts the totality of the offerings under the concise moniker The Plaza Food Hall.

Added to the existing culinary delights is the Tartinery French bistro, the retro Americana style Billy’s Bakery, the heavenly FP Patisserie by Francois Payard, as well as Kusmi Tea, Lady M cakes, La Maison du Chocolat, Luke’s Lobster, Pain D’Avignon, Sushi of Gari, No. 7 Sub, WIlliam Greenberg Desserts, YoArt (chic frozen yogurt!), Creperie NYC, and David Burke’s casual and cleverly named Burke in the Box. In addition to the epicurean glories, new lifestyle shops include Town and Country Living, the Plaza Boutique, and perhaps NYC’s most high-profile purveyor of petals, Gramercy Flowers. A living green wall brings a bit of nearby Central Park indoors, for those who prefer a bit of lovely with their yummy.