After breakfast, my colleague and I decided to hit the major high-end department stores to see what was trending from the runways for spring. We started our day at Barneys New York and then crossed over from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue to the men's and women's Bergdorf Goodman stores (they are across the street from one another). While shopping inside the women's store, we made a reservation for 12:30pm lunch at the 7th floor BG Restaurant.
Since we had some time to spare before our reservation, and because I was curious about the major renovation done to The Plaza Hotel, but haven't had time to check it out on previous visits, we headed over there to take a look. I was particularly curious about The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English in the basement of the hotel. I had heard it likened to the famous foods halls at Harrod's and my interest was piqued. The Plaza Food Hall consists of eight different dining stations, all with open kitchens, as well as a bakery and other food items for take-away. It was packed with a sizable lunch crowd, but certainly can't hold a candle to Harrod's. It is a nice place in Midtown to get various types of cuisine all in one spot, but as I did not eat there, I can't comment on the quality of the food.
|Bergdorf Goodman BG Restaurant entrance and bar area|
|Bergdorf Goodman BG Restaurant dining room|
|Pan Seared Halibut with brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes|
|Roast Chicken Salad with baby spinach, chickpeas, toasted almonds, marinated artichokes, shaved carrot, warm bacon vinaigrette|
For dessert I tried the Meyer Lemon Napolean with raspberry sorbet (a fresh lemon taste but the wafer layers were a bit too delicate and tasteless), and then we were presented with some macaroons as a sweet offered by the house with our check.
As my dessert was arriving to the table, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen waltzed right in and were seated directly in front of me. I was just complaining to my colleagues the day before that I haven't had any celebrity sightings recently in New York. I guess I spoke too soon! I am still not sure which twin is which, but I managed to snap this photo with my iPhone of one of them. What a fun way to end two days in New York City.
|Is this Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen?|