The Plaza celebrates the Roaring '20s with period-inspired affairs this spring, in honor of its role in Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. The film opens in theaters on May 10, 2013.

The Plaza’s history is intrinsically tied to this timeless American novel and its author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who, with his wife Zelda, was a devoted patron of The Plaza. Epitomizing the Lost Generation, Fitzgerald’s exploits were notorious and he regularly drew inspiration from everyday life for his novels. The hotel’s enduring presence on the New York social scene made it a natural setting for the most climactic scene in the novel and the upcoming film. This spring, guests and visitors can embrace the Jazz Age with a collection of experiences throughout The Plaza.

“The Great Gatsby” and The Plaza Featurette

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The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza

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Q&A with Catherine Martin, designer of The Fitzgerald SuitE

Catherine Martin

What was your initial approach in conceptualizing The Fitzgerald Suite?

In this suite, the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. It is an environment that evokes the history of the Fitzgerald’s at The Plaza. It will be a dramatic deco space that recalls the dynamism of the Jazz Age and the 1920s, hopefully making you feel as if you are a guest in a hotel described in one of Fitzgerald’s novels. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were both regular patrons of The Plaza. The association was so well-known, it is said that Ernest Hemingway once advised F. Scott to give his liver to Princeton and his heart to The Plaza. Planned inclusions in the suite include photos of the author and his wife, his complete works, documentaries and movies that have been made about either him or his work, and beautiful coffee-table books that evoke languorous summers on Long Island’s Gold Coast and the fabulous New York of the Roaring Twenties. We will also include artifacts from our upcoming film as accessories to add a level of authenticity and texture to the room. For example, we will feature Tom Buchanan’s sporting trophies in some of the vitrines that are being built into the walls. Click here to read the full interview with Catherine Martin


Todd English Food Hall "The Great Gatsby" Brunch Hendricks French 75 from Todd English Food Hall’s “Prohibited” Cocktail Menu Sunday Strollers Bloody Mary from The Todd English Food Hall Sunday Stroller Cocktails at The Todd English Food Hall 1920s inspired dishes on “The Great Gatsby” Brunch Menu at The Todd English Food Hall Fillet of Sole a la Meuniere from “The Great Gatsby” Brunch Menu at The Todd English Food Hall Vol au Vent of Seafood from “The Great Gatsby” Brunch Menu at The Todd English Food Hall Sunday Strollers Bellini from The Todd English Food Hall Side Car from Todd English Food Hall’s “Prohibited” Cocktail Menu S’more Cupcake at Billy’s Bakery The Gatsby Tartine at Tartinery Lady Biltmore at Lady M The Gourmandises Willowy box at La Maison du Chocolat Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie at Luke’s Lobster “The Great Gatsby” Tuna Nicoise Sandwich at Pain D’Avignon The Daisy at Sushi of Gari Gatsby-inspired Chocolate Ganache Cake at William Greenberg Desserts

The Plaza Food Hall Magazine

The Plaza Food Hall Magazine
Over the years, The Plaza has played an important role in film, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1959, starring Cary Grant. Until then, movies had been filmed on soundstages and rarely on location. How liberating it was to film on-site—so much so that
The Plaza became a top New York City film location. To date, more than 40 films have been shot here with The Plaza as a feature character.

We are thrilled that the newest film with ties to The Plaza is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. Zelda and F.Scott Fitzgerald were favorite patrons of The Plaza, spending most of their evenings here after their 1920 marriage. Most famous of these excursions included Fitzgerald jumping into The Pulitzer Fountain in front of the hotel. The Plaza appeared not only in The Great Gatsby but in some of his other novels and short stories as well.

In this issue, we celebrate all things Gatsby. Throughout the building there are opportunities to live like Gatsby. Enjoy the “Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages” in The Palm Court, or a Buchanan or Knickerbocker in The Todd English Food Hall. The Rose Club features libations from Moët Hennessy as a Moët Imperial Gatsby and Between the Sheets. The Champagne Bar will become a Moët Pop-Up shop, featuring a Moët & Chandon Champagne Cart, serving guests Moët Imperial by the glass as they conjure images of Gatsby’s champagne soaked soirees.

Todd English reinterprets menus of the 1920s and kicks off our new Great Gatsby Brunch this spring. The Plaza Food Hall gets into the spirit by debuting new exclusives with ties to the era, like FP Patisserie’s S’more macaron; a raspberry rickey marshmallow from Three Tarts; and the Daisy from Sushi of Gari, flower-shaped salmon sushi.

What better way to live like Gatsby than in The Fitzgerald Suite, making its debut this May. Designed by Catherine Martin, Academy Award®-winning production designer and costume designer, as well as the producer of Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the suite embodies the spirit of the movie and the life of F. Scott. Catherine shares details of the suite and its creation in this issue.

Whet your appetite and enjoy our modern take on the era of the speakeasy and the glamorous life of this extravagant couple. The Grand Ballroom, Terrace Room, and Fifth Avenue Foyer look exactly as they did in the 1920s, creating a perfect backdrop for a visit to our past.

Enjoy reading!

“The Great Gatsby” Amenities

Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa

The Caudalie Grape Gatsby Treatments offer custom recovery cures to heal what ails you following any evening’s affair. Whether you prefer a low-key speakeasy or opt for a lavish fete, the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa has created tailored cures to revive the senses and restore the body before and after the night ahead. Call us to schedule your Apres Fete Intense Hydration, Joie de Vivre: Radiance Recovery or La Belle Époque Divine Indulgence treatment, 212.265.3182

The Plaza Boutique

Celebrating the Roaring `20s with period-inspired merchandise beginning April 10th, The Plaza Boutique will have a wide selection of items inspired by the film and the Fitzgeralds, including a limited-edition handkerchief featuring a red Plaza-embroidered logo, modeled after one used by the character Tom Buchanan in  Baz Luhrmann’s film.  The Boutique will also carry a selection of 1920s bar ware, art deco-style ornaments and exclusive framed prints from artist Michael Storrings, as well as copies of the novel and other books about the era, including Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and Gatsby Cocktails: Classic Cocktails from the Jazz Age.


This image captures the romance of the Gatsby era, which is frequently shown through the hair and makeup of the time. The 1920s were a time when women had great leisure in their lives, and they certainly were always dressed for the occasion. Finger waves, deep parts, and pinned up “faux bobs” are often thought of when describing the hairstyles of the time period. Come in to Warren Tricomi Salon and let us create a romantic hairstyle that will become your best accessory of the evening. 212.262.8899