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
The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza
Q&A with Catherine Martin, designer of The Fitzgerald SuitE
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
THE PLAZA FOOD HALL GATSBY EXCLUSIVES
The Todd English Food HallWe challenged Chef Todd English to reinterpret recipes from the 1920s to give us his spin on brunch. When asked how he defines Sunday brunch, he referred us to a quote from Guy Beringer in a Hunter’s Weekly article published in 1895…”Why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers…Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” Beringer wrote. “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
The Rose Club & The Champagne BarThe iconic Champagne Bar has transformed into a MoëtPop-Up capturing the glamour of Gatsby’s infamous parties. In collaboration with Moët Hennessey, The Moët Champagne Bar showcases the world’s most loved champagne, Moët Imperial, and serve the first-ever Moët Champagne cocktail, crafted exclusively for The Plaza by mixologist Jim Meehan, called the Moët Imperial Gatsby. To complete the decadent experience, The Plaza features the Moët & Chandon Champagne Cart, serving guests Moët Imperial by the glass as they conjure images of Gatsby’s champagne soaked soirees.
Wednesday and Thursday evenings usher in Gatsby Hour at The Rose Club, with alive jazz band and a Prohibition-inspired Speakeasy Menu featuring Grand Marnier, 10 Cane Rum, Hennessy, Glenmorangie and Belvedere.
The Palm CourtThe popular Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages, introduced last November in The Palm Court, delights tea aficionados with 1920s favorites, including Curried Lobster Salad with Local Apple, Deviled Quail Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon with Wild Sturgeon Caviar, Pate de Fruit with Gin Rickey Sugar, Amarena Cherry and Chocolate Sachertorte, Banana Financier, Hazelnut Napoleon and Jazz Age Chocolate BonBons. Additionally, The Palm Court offers period-appropriate cocktails featuring Hendrick’s gin.
THE PLAZA FOOD HALLA Taste for the 1920s—taking their cues from popular cuisine of the 1920s, the artisans at The Plaza Food Hall are thrilled to give you taste of the era with a selection of items that update classics with a rich and creative twist. We asked each of them to come up with an exclusive “The Great Gatsby”/1920s inspired menu offering that complemented their individual brands. See what they created, you won’t be disappointed!
The Plaza Food Hall Magazine
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.