Food choices in the city can be overwhelming. So when you and your group can’t settle on what to eat, the Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza can be like heaven. An expensive heaven, but heavenly nonetheless.
The food hall offers upscale stations, from sushi from Gari and lobster rolls from Luke’s, to cupcakes from Billy’s and cakes from Lady M’s. Seating can be difficult around these free stations as its midtown location makes it a natural tourist magnet.
But if you have the time, the seated dining area has a real pangea of a menu — pastas, pizzas, Korean dishes, burgers, a raw bar, tacos, sushi — and that’s just a sampling.
There are pros and cons to their wide-ranging selection.
Really everyone at our table had their cravings quenched and then some — a little cheese, a few crostinis, some lobster mac and cheese, one or two risotto tatter tots, a few spoonfuls of fried rice, you name it. But the key with places that dabble in everything is to stay away from some of the more specialist cuisines
The fried rice, for instance, came off a bit bland, lacking the kick korean cuisine is known for.
The best, but really how can you go wrong with this, was probably the lobster mac and cheese. The pomegranate molasses BBQ ribs was another table favorite, braised really well with the meat falling off the bones.
But above the food, this hall is a really conducive environment for groups. Large tables in an open yet warm, inviting space that can cater to whatever your food hankering, whether you want a serious sit-down meal or a quick snack or coffee.