The Palm Court

Serving Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, and Evening Snacks

For over 100 years, The Palm Court has been New York City’s iconic destination for Afternoon Tea. In 2013, The Palm Court was re-launched to include a grand bar, tea by Palais des Thés, and a new and revised menu featuring inspired American fare from morning through evening. Renowned architect Thierry Despont has completely renovated The Palm Court while staying true to its original design intent. Inspired by nearby Central Park and its lush greenery, Despont incorporated potted plants, ceiling-high palm trees, trellis detailing, and custom furnishings with cane accents into his design. The room’s signature feature is a soaring stained-glass dome reminiscent of the original built in 1907. The Palm Court is a timelessly elegant setting for breakfast, afternoon tea, evening fare and crafted cocktails.


Weekdays 6:30am-12:00am | Saturdays  7:00am-12:00am | Sundays  7:00am-10:00pm



For over 100 years, The Palm Court has been New York’s iconic destination in Midtown. Now, it showcases classic American menus from morning to evening. This elegant room marked with its stained glass laylight and impressive height adds a touch of old New York to a very polished and modern sense of hospitality.


• Newly renovated by Master Architect Thierry Despont with a design intended to bring the grandness of Central Park indoors
• American menus that embrace New York classics while adding a modern spin
• Four soaring palm trees and, for the first time, a bar, made to be a focal point of the room
• Ideal venue for cocktail style rehearsal dinners, corporate receptions and milestone birthdays over cocktails, breakfast or tea
• Classic and craft cocktails created by Mixologist Brian Van Flandern
• Prime location in the center of The Plaza’s magnificent lobby
• Ability to accommodate large groups, any time of day


Semi Private areas can accommodate groups as intimate as 20 guests up to 70 seated and 100 standing
Full Buy-Out for up to 100 seated or 350 standing


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Matthew Lambie


Matthew Lambie, born and raised in Manchester, England, had an early interest in the culinary arts. As his mother came from a family of English bakers, Lambie had a natural affinity for artisanal European baking techniques. At the age of sixteen, he left high school to pursue his passion – a career in cooking and pastry.

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Since it opened in 1907, The Palm Court has been a quintessential part of The Plaza. It has been the setting for scenes in many famous novels and films, most notably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Over the years The Palm Court has experienced a number of renovations, however the look and spirit of the room has remained unchanged.

The Tradition of Afternoon Tea

The Palm Court is Manhattan’s iconic destination for afternoon tea. Visitors delight in the tradition of tea with our extensive, 25-variety collection of Palais des Thés tea, as well as sandwiches, snacks and fine pastries. The Palm Court offers visitors an elegant piece of old New York with unmatched sophistication and charm.


The Palm Court aims to maintain the tradition of The Plaza while providing modern comforts to its guests. For the first time in history, The Palm Court features a grand bar, as well as both savory and sweet fare served from morning through evening. The oval trellised bar has become a focal point of the room, centered between the iconic palm trees. Master Mixologist Brian Van Flandern’s expertly crafted cocktails represent a wide range of well-loved classics alongside inspired new creations.

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