The Plaza in New York City has completed the second phase of its food hall expansion.
The space will ultimately occupy more than 40,000 sq ft (3,716 sq m) on the hotel’s concourse level.
The Plaza Food Hall includes brands such as Billy’s Bakery, serving classic American baked goods in a 1940s-style shop; FP Patisserie by François Payard, with macarons, cookies, viennoiserie and chocolates; Kusmi Tea; La Maison du Chocolat; Lady M, with handmade cakes; Luke’s Lobster, with Maine-style seafood; No. 7 Sub; Pain D’Avignon, with fine breads, quiches, tarts and sandwiches; the contemporary French bistro Tartinery; Three Tarts, with bite-sized confections and gifts; Sushi of Gari; William Greenberg Desserts; and YoArt, serving frozen yogurt. David Burke’s Burke in the Box will open soon with soups, salads and a carvery; Creperie NYC will open soon, as well. The pasta bar remains the centerpiece of the space.
Non-food shops include Town and Country Living, which offers a selection of gifts and items for the tabletop; a Travelex currency exchange; Gramercy Flowers; and the new Plaza Boutique.
The original Plaza Food Hall by Todd English, which is now called The Todd English Food Hall, has added 132 seats that can serve as a private event space.
Jeffrey Beers used the shopping arcades of Paris as inspiration for The Plaza Food Hall, so that it feels like a neighborhood street of shops. “We’ve been able to realize our vision for a lively, European-style arcade, with each jewel of a shop taking its place as part of a stunning interior streetscape,” Beers said.
Columns of antique mirror with softly lit sconces flank entryways. White oak millwork stained in hues of chocolate and espresso is used throughout, as are stone countertops and custom designed mosaic flooring. Beers also created a living wall with tropical plants.
The individual spaces have design elements that reflect their personalities. For instance, Luke’s Lobster has distressed metal panels on the front of the counter and blue textured tiles on the back wall to give a rustic but refined feel. The feminine Lady M has a floating round counter of white lacquer with legs of polished metal.