Plaza Hotel

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Sleekly Appointed Beautique Opens in Midtown

    The picturesque Midtown block that holds the Plaza Hotel and Paris Theater just became home to Beautique (8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200), a sleek restaurant that overtook the former Frederick's address. The Beautique team stripped the space down to its studs, and they've installed decor that chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Q&A: John Meadow of LDV Hospitality On Italian Food and Opening Your First Restaurant, Part 1

    John Meadow has a very impressive resume. The New York native opened his first restaurant at the age of 24 and his first job out of college was the Food and Beverage Manager position at The Plaza. Since then, he has built up a restaurant empire with business partner Curt Huegel in the form of LDV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Plaza Hotel Rapist/Pal Of Saudi Prince Gets 10 Years In Prison. "Rape Cop" Michael Pena Will Die Behind Bars

    The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced yesterday that a pal of a Saudi prince was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 2010 rape of a bartender at the Plaza Hotel -- which is 65 years to life less than the sentence handed down to Michael "Rape Cop" Pena for a vicious sexual attack on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Mustapha Ouanes Found Guilty in Plaza Hotel Rape Trial

    A jury just found Mustapha Ouanes guilty of raping a woman and trying to assault another in his suite at the Plaza Hotel on Jan. 26, 2010, according to the Manhattan District Attorney. D.A. Cyrus Vance announced the conviction of Oanes this afternoon, saying that the rape was a "crime of opportunit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Most Expensive NYC Rental Costs $165,000 a Month, is in Plaza Hotel

    That right there is the most expensive rental in New York, clocking in at a staggering $165,000 a month. The Astor Suite went on the market today and has three bedrooms, five bathrooms, a dining room, a library and an eat-in kitchen.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Betsey Johnson Designing an 'Eloise'-Themed Christmas Tree For the Plaza Hotel

    ​Christmastime is coming, and with it Christmas trees. The most fun tree this year -- more fun than the recently-arrived Rockefeller Center tree -- will probably be the Plaza Hotel's Eloise-themed tree, designed by kooky Betsey Johnson. A good fit for Eloise, the sassiest little New Yorker of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Small Crowd Rallies on Central Park South to Draw Tourist Support on a Horse Carriage Ban

    Michelle D. AndersonDonny Moss, documentary filmmaker, and Elizabeth Forel, president of CBHDC​"Grains or Pigeon Feces?" "Will a person die next?" Those were some of the questions a group of horse advocates and animal-rights activists wanted tourists and New York residents to contemplate last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Billionaire's March Occupies the Upper East Side

    ​Yesterday at noon, protesters gathered at 59th Street and 5th Avenue (just across the street from the Plaza Hotel) for the Billionaire's March, a picket of the homes of five of New York's richest men: Rupert Murdoch, David Koch, Howard Milstein, Jamie Dimon, and John Paulson. Separate from ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Michael Sailstorfer's Tornado Coming to Central Park Through February

    Steven ThrasherSailstorfer's 30 foot sculpture being installed​ Joining that newly installed elephant in Union Square in the city's gallery of public art, there's a similarly scaled sculpture we noticed being erected in the south part of Central Park over the weekend, just across the street fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    The Oak Room Is Dead, Long Live Everett Shinn​As The New York Times reported earlier today, the Oak Room will close tonight. Its demise had been anticipated since May, when its owners, who had been locked in a lawsuit with the Plaza Hotel, announced that the 104-year-old landmark would close. The shutter is bad news for its empl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Wedding Guru Ron Ben-Israel on Sperm Whale Wedding Cakes: Interview Part 2

    Photo courtesy Ron Ben-IsraelRon Ben-Israel can handle even the toughest of bridezillas.​ Yesterday we spoke with Ron Ben-Israel, a wedding-cake master who is certainly on the speed dial of all brides and brides-to-be. He told us all about the parallels between wedding cake making and dancing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Wedding Cake Master Ron Ben-Israel Explains Why Vanilla Cake Is Poetry in the Mouth

    Photo courtesy Ron Ben-IsraelRon Ben-Israel, sugar flower maker extraordinaire ​For Wedding Week, who better to interview than wedding cake guru Ron Ben-Israel? He magically transforms sugar and spice and everything nice into elaborate cakes coveted by brides (and maybe a few bridezillas or t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Stivale, Goodbye to Baotique

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. News has broken that the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel is closing at the end of July, following management getting sued by the hotel for its rowdy champagne brunches. [NY Times]​ Baotique, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The Oak Room May Close in July

    ​ As if Charlie Sheen and reportedly shoddy condo construction weren't bad enough, the Plaza Hotel is once again in the news for the wrong reasons.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Plaza Hotel Sues Oak Room and Bar for Being Embarrassing

    Photo courtesy of the Oak BarA veritable den of iniquity.​Looks like the owners of the Plaza Hotel weren't fans of the Oak Room and Bar's Mel Gibson "bipolar" cocktail, either.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Wanna Push Street Meat? It'll Cost You

    ​Street vendors in New York are a different breed. They stand in a cloud of schawarma-scented smoke, battle the seasons and handle both raw meat and money with their bare hands. Some of them will even pay hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the right to park their carts and feed the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Native Society, a Country Club For Young Yuppies, Is New Yorkers Only, But In a Bad Way

    The film Metropolitan​Thursday's New York Times features an article on Native Society, a collection of about 400 "preppy young men and women, mostly friends from the Upper East Side," who started a secret club so they can dress up and look down on people. It's like any social gathering in New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Ask the Critics: Where Can I Get a Spot of Tea?

    Lauren ShockeyA pot of tea for two at Podunk.​Ellen O. Asks: Do you have any suggestions for places to have afternoon tea? I want something fun in Manhattan, but low-key -- not the Plaza Hotel. Dear Ellen: Coffee might be running through the veins of New Yorkers, but there's nothing like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Kevin McGhee 'In' at Picholine; Shlomi Biton 'Out' at Mahjong

    ​Since the shuttering of Xie Xie, Angelo Sosa is keeping busy with projects such as rolling out a new kati roll with the Kati Roll Company. You can even see him behind the counter! [Midtown Lunch] Kevin McGhee, the former sous-chef at Eleven Madison Park, is the new chef de cuisine at Picholi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    François Payard Will Return to the Upper East Side

    François Payard​Late last Friday, Francçois Payard HQ released some breaking news.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Week in Review: Where For Art Thou, Masta Killa?

    Ariel Pink says hi. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we found out exactly how many professional music critics can actually name all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan (the results may surprise and depress you!), we also found ourselves accusing Kanye West of maybe ripping off a Dr. Dog video ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2010

    Charlie Sheen Still Partying With Cocaine and Hookers to the Delight of His Employer

    ​Earlier this week Charlie Sheen became the new Mel Gibson after a cocaine-fueled semi-rampage at New York's not-well-suited Plaza Hotel. He allegedly hit hooker/porn star Capri Anderson and screamed the n-word, all while his ex-wife Denise Richardson and their children slept in a nearby room. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    10 NYC Hotels Better Fitted for Charlie Sheen to Do Blow in Than the Plaza

    ​Home Alone 2. North by Northwest. Crocodile Dundee. Arthur. Eloise and her motherfucking Pet Turtle!* New York City's landmark The Plaza Hotel has been home to many famous scenes over its 103-year history. Yet Charlie Sheen has managed to sully it, as it is now also home to the famous scene that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    A First Look Inside Foodparc, NYC

    ​Foodparc is not quite as big and grandiose as it looks from the outside. If this era coming up has a theme, it might be the Era of Food Courts. They seem to be popping up everywhere.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2010

    Fashion's Night Out: Halloween with Slightly More Fabric

    All photos by Stacey AndersonBarney's welcomes you​Friday evening, somewhere between the Gucci-jostling melee outside Bergdorf Goodman's and the raucous, champagne-tippling dancing at the Soho Prada boutique, the second annual Fashion's Night Out established its firm identity: it is Halloween, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Betsey Johnson Revamps Eloise's $995 per Night Room at the Plaza (Photos)

    ​Eloise, the mischievous children's book character who famously lived in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel, has had her digs redone by Betsey Johnson, and they're available for booking today. Johnson, known for bold, eccentric, and oft wacky clothing designs, "tweaked her s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at A-Wah

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema is "pleasantly surprised" by Hong Kongese A-Wah. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Aquavit and new chef Marcus Jernmark's approach of "quiet, seasonal intensity that is well worth investigating." [NY Times]​ Steve Cuozzo falls for Mari Vanna, which he dee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: T.E. Key Lime Caramels

    ​ Everything, including possibly the staff, is tattooed with Todd English's name at the chef's lavish new food hall in the Plaza Hotel's basement. There is no escaping Todd English, whether you're contemplating a sandwich, a salad, a coffee mug, a tote bag, or, somewhat unnervingly, the chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Charlie Rose to Speak at NRA Show; Former Food Network Chef Plots Murder

    ​Charlie Rose will give the keynote address at the upcoming National Restaurant Association's 2010 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at Chicago's McCormick Place's Vista Ballroom. [Nation's Restaurant News] Juan-Carlos Cruz, once the host of Food Network's Calorie Commando and Take It Off, alleged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Joel Dennis Out at Adour; Jason Bunin In at the Ainsworth

    ​Joel Dennis is leaving Adour Alain Ducasse to "pursue other opportunities." A rumor that former Essex House chef de cuisine Didier Elena may replace him hasn't been confirmed, but Sylvain Portay, who has worked with Alain Ducasse for 25 years, will act as the interim chef. [Grub Street] Jaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    More on Danku's Disappearance: "They Left Owing Lots of Money to Lots of People"

    ​Yesterday, Midtown Lunch reported that oddball Dutch eatery Danku's supposed "revamping" was actually an eviction. Today, Fork in the Road learns from an insider that the owners, identical twin brothers Filip and Bruno van Hoeck and their friend Karen Brink, "closed the door owing lots of mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Under the Toque: Alex Urena Heads to Philly; Gordon Ramsay Backs out of London

    ​Gordon Ramsay has had to pull out of Gordon Ramsay at the London NYC Hotel. The London NYC has taken over as owner and manager of the restaurant, which will retain the Ramsay name. [Eater] Alex Urena, who opened two restaurants, both of which have now closed -- Urena and Pamplona -- is relo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Week in Review: ZOWEE

    Photo of Ida Maria plus models by David Wentworth.​In the week "I'mma Let You Finish" became the new "WAZZUP!" (see how well that one aged!), we leaned back, helpless as the Maxwell Man (our references are old today, huh?) as Kanye annihilated his own website and the hopes and dreams of a 19-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Fashion Week in Review: Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Pamella Roland, Max Azria, Betsey Johnson

    ​ From the Betsey Johnson collection. Photo by David Wentworth. When Michael Kors tires of crafting pastel Barbarella dresses, he can sell designer migranes. I had one watching his Wednesday exhibition at Bryant Park -- not just because his pastel gowns caught the harsh glare of the revolvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Live: Ida Maria Play Betsey Johnson's Plaza Hotel Fashion Week Party

    All photos by David Wentworth.​Ida Maria Betsey Johnson Spring 2010 Fashion Week Party Plaza Hotel September 15 As Betsey Johnson showers her with kisses - on one cheek, on the other, on the forehead, smack, smack, smack - the Norwegian synaesthetic Ida Maria smirks and adjusts her brilliantl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Shameless Restaurants

    Shameless Restaurants is a website that lets restaurant workers rant anonymously about their jobs. I'm sure some of the posts are written by people who have sour grapes or are easily disgruntled, but it does seem that servers generally have a rough time of it, and have fewer protections than most wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Villagers Declare Peace in 1962

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 1, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 15 Peace Strike Under Way By Michael Smith Hundreds of Villagers and other New Yorkers are putting most of their energies this week into protests against nuclear testing and the "war economy." The Worldwide G ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008


    A panel of experts convened at NYU's Fales Library late this afternoon to discuss "How Food and Food Writing Have Changed America." The moderator was restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, and the panel included (shown above from left to right) - Michael Batterberry (founder of Food and Wine magazine), D ... More >>

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    February 26, 2008

    Traipsing Around Toy Fair 2008

    Toys aren't us. . . unless you like preachy dolls who lecture you on soy ink about global warming

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    September 7, 2007

    Provincializm: Pearlene, Dirty South As Gravitron

    Talismans for protection Provincializm: Dirty South As Gravitron by William Bowers Forces conspired, nudging me to canvas Georgia and the Carolinas this week—the final straw was either Miss Teen South Carolina's circumspect seminar, or yammering about Flannery O’Connor to literature students ... More >>

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    September 5, 2006

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    April 11, 2006

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    November 25, 2003
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    September 3, 2002

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    January 29, 2002

    Black Bloc Busted for Bandanas

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    September 18, 2001

    Fading to Black

    When Fashion Became Unfashionable During 'Fashion Week'

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    August 15, 2000

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