Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Plaza opens a Euro Style Food Hall

I love this concept. Imagine if your local mall's food court was taken over by the terrific chef Todd English and a great sommelier. Just imagine it for a moment.

That is what that iconic New York hotel has created, sans The Plaza prices. I was invited to the opening-day launch and the layout is very much what you find at a food court, but with very comfortable seating in front of each of the eight stations. The space was beautifully designed to look like a European food hall by architect Jeffrey Beers.

I sat at the wine bar counter and had a perfectly tender and seasoned octopus, some slightly overcooked and under seasoned lamb skewers, terrific sashimi and a very nice chianti. The bonus was I met a really cool girl sitting at the bar with me. Emily works nearby and was excited to have some new food options in what is a Manhattan food deadzone.

I really think this will catch on with the local office workers. You can eat at the bars and as a bonus, order from any of the other stations no matter where you sit. Sit at the Grill and order from the Dumpling Bar. A pretty ingenious idea.

Stations at The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English include The Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar, The Bakery, The Cheese & Charcuterie Counter, The Wine Bar, The Grill, Pizza, The Dumpling Bar, and The Sushi Bar. If you are in the area I recommend it, the food quality was stellar, but if you're short on time they are still working out the service kinks. It took a while for my dishes to arrive. If you're on your lunch break, you might want to get your food to go.

The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English will be open Monday through Sunday from 7am to 9pm. It is located at One Central Park South, New York, NY 10019.


averagebetty said...

Great stuff, Grace! All the amazing food news I read coming out of NYC - it's hard for me to imagine a "dead zone" in Manhattan! What is the average price you'd spend for lunch at the Plaza Food Hall?

Grace Piper said...

Here's the pizza menu, which is what the chef is known for.

golden potato $13
rosemary crust, caramelized onion, yukon potato
fontina, crème fraiche

bianca $11.00
bufala mozzarella, parmesan, extra virgin olive oil
arugula, cherry tomato salad

fig and prosciutto $12
rosemary crust, fig jam, gorgonzola, prosciutto

spit roasted chicken $12
caramelized onion, aged provolone, arugula pesto

bronx bomber $10
roasted tomato sauce, caramelized onion, mozzarella, pepperoni

smokehouse spicy chicken sausage $12
balsalmic onion, roasted tomato sauce, herb ricotta

quatro formaggi $12
bufala mozzarella, herb ricotta, fontina, pecorino

classic $9
roasted tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, basil

italian sausage $12
sweet italian sausage, aged provolone, roasted tomato sauce

The pizza size was generous, but I'd still recommend 2 people share 2 pizzas. What you're really paying for is quality ingredients and attention to detail.