New Yorkers and literature fans alike have a new reason to check out The Plaza hotel by Central Park: We hear the hotel will celebrate the Roaring '20s with period-inspired affairs beginning March 20 and continuing throughout the spring. The theme is in honor of The Plaza's 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.)
The Plaza was a favorite haunt of Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. This spring, guests and visitors can embrace the Jazz Age with a collection of experiences throughout the hotel.
LIVE LIKE GATSBY
In tribute to the great American author, The Fitzgerald Suite will be a new addition to the historic New York hotel. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of “The Great Gatsby” and envisioned by Oscar-winning production designer Catherine Martin, the 900-square-foot suite on the 18th floor of The Plaza will be an art deco space with authentic, period-inspired pieces. Photos from the 2013 film, images of Fitzgerald and his wife, the author’s complete works and coffee table books invoking summers on the Gold Coast or the vibrant New York of the Roaring `20s will celebrate the era and the author alike.
Reservations will be accepted as of April 22nd for stays starting on May 10, the day “The Great Gatsby” hits theaters nationwide.
DRINK & DINE LIKE GATSBY
Starting Wednesday, March 20, the flavors and fads of the 1920s will be on offer throughout The Plaza’s lounges and restaurants.
The Champagne Bar will be transformed into a Moët Pop-Up capturing the glamour of Gatsby’s infamous parties. In collaboration with Moët Hennessey, The Moët Champagne Bar will serve the first-ever Moët Champagne cocktail, crafted exclusively for The Plaza by mixologist Jim Meehan, called the Moët Imperial Gatsby. To complete the experience, The Plaza will have a Moët & Chandon Champagne Cart, serving guests Moët Imperial by the glass.
Wednesday and Thursday evenings will be in Gatsby Hour at The Rose Club, with a live jazz band and a Prohibition-inspired Speakeasy Menu featuring Grand Marnier, 10 Cane Rum, Hennessy, Glenmorangie and Belvedere. The signature cocktail for two will be served in an engraved Plaza flask, and partakers can slip the memento into a bag or jacket for future discrete sipping.
The Todd English Food Hall will debut a modern menu of Gatsby-inspired cocktails curated by Hendrick’s Gin brand ambassador and famed mixologist Charlotte Voisey, while a limited-time Brunch Like Gatsby weekend menu will feature classic 1920s dishes with English’s signature contemporary twist. Shops at The Plaza Food Hall from Luke’s Lobster to William Greenberg will also introduce exclusive items evoking culinary trends of the 1920s, including a s’more macaroon by François Payard.
The popular Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages, introduced last November in The Palm Court, serves 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.
COSTUMES ON DISPLAY
Celebrating the original publication date of “The Great Gatsby” (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925), on April 10, the hotel will unveil a display of props used in the production of the film as well as some of the costumes worn by the cast.
INDULGE LIKE GATSBY
Also starting April 10, The Plaza Boutique will offer 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.
At Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, Caudalie Grape Gatsby Treatments offer custom treatments to heal the effects of any evening’s affair. The Après Fête provides intense hydration, the Joie de Vivre helps with radiance recovery, and La Belle Époque adds an element of divine indulgence. The spa has a Vichy shower, private VIP room for two, Vinothérapie Spa signature barrel bath, two Hammam steam rooms and an exclusive French Paradox Wine Lounge.