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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
gonyc.comAs 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
The film MetropolitanThursday'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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
François PayardLate last Friday, Francçois Payard HQ released some breaking news.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
All photos by Stacey AndersonBarney's welcomes youFriday 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Toys aren't us. . . unless you like preachy dolls who lecture you on soy ink about global warming
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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