Sadly, my camera broke and I am left with my old phone to take pictures for now. Hopefully, my pictures will still do justice!
Last Friday, summer vacation officially launched! I began my summer adventures with row boating in Central Park (for just $15!) and a visit to the Hotel Plaza Food Hall. This hotel has been a hot spot ever since it became famous from being featured in the movie, Home Alone 2, but surprisingly, not many know about the upscale tummy-filling, mouth-drooling hall down below.
Greeting you as you enter the main hall are display cases of luxury souvenir items and Eloise dolls. As you head downstairs to the food hall, you’re greeted by high-end vendors that are so worth paying for just to try, whether you are interested in dessert, savory bites, or an entire meal. Try a sample of detox green tea at Kusmi Tea, grab a slice of the green tea mille crepe at Lady M, or select some chocolates for a special someone from La Maison du Chocolat. You may want to stop by the ATM first. 🙂
I always wanted to try Tartinery, a fancy restaurant down below on Mulberry Street that now opened here as well as at Hudson Eats. In this food hall, it is more of a casual atmosphere than a full restaurant as there are only a couple of seats. However, It is now one of my favorite spots to eat!
The butternut squash soup was a last minute choice that turned out to be one of the BEST. Rich in flavor and perfect in creamy texture, this soup was the ideal squash soup for me. It wasn’t too salty nor too thick and the onion and nutmeg blended well together. Although the bowl was a fairly great portion, it really left me wanting to order a second! But, I had to have room for others!
My brother and I ordered 2 dishes to try: tartine (above) and quinoa (below). The tartine with guacamole, arugula, pumpkin seeds, and parmesan cheese was absolutely delicious. The bread was crisp and toasted, and the combination of the vegetables and cheese left your palette craving more. I’m not a huge fan of quinoa, but this dish mixed with red and green tomatoes, feta cheese, edamame and avocado was a nice blend. In my opinion, avocado simply tops everything!
As a dessert option, we popped by Three Tarts for their famous s’more. From 6 choices of marshmallow flavors, we chose the strawberry basil marshmallow toasted in between chocolate graham crackers. Unfortunately, my camera did not capture a good picture of the final result, but I can definitely tell you – it. was. DELICIOUS. There’s a first time for everything, and for the first time, this s’more wasn’t too sweet! The workers torch it right in front of you from top to bottom, side to side. It’s still hot and melted when they serve it!
Take a box home if you’d like! So make sure you stop by this food hall if you’re near the area. With a couple of more dollars, it’s a lot better experience than the hot dog stand outside. 🙂