Last night, I had a very old New York kind of night. Before we went to the 21 Club for dinner, we stopped at The Plaza Hotel, now managed by Fairmont. The Plaza has experienced more than a few ups & downs over the past few years, with new ownership, new condos and real estate debacles, and Charlie Sheen's recent party with a prostitute in the Eloise suite.
I love The Plaza for what it means to the city of New York: classic, Old-World, iconic. Afternoon tea at The Palm Court & a cocktail at The Oak Room are New York musts. However, there is an unmistakably tourist-y vibe, and you see people trying to subtly take photos of themselves in the lobby.
One of my favorite bakeries in Vienna, Demel, used to have an outpost at the Plaza shops. Sadly, it has now closed and it has been replaced by a run-of-the-mill coffee shop. Still, it's worth spending a bit of time wandering through the shops and having a glass of wine at The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English, which could feel equally at home in London.
I bought my copy of Eloise at the Plaza Eloise shop, because where else should you buy it? Just look at this so-cute-I-could-squeal pink Eloise shop!