So thank goodness Mr. Sutton taste-tested the pricey Palm Court waters for us commoners. Under the direction of Chef Didier Virot, late of the now-closed Aix, with a luscious assist by Nicole Kaplan, former Del Posto pastry queen, the Palm Court menus are as luxe as the décor, which features soaring columns, a stained glass ceiling and flourishing palm-trees.
Cost for the restaurant's afternoon tea: $60 per person. Geesh! We can get a cup of Jasmine or Darjeeling for a buck in Chinatown. But wait, there's more. For an additional $40 per person you can add some egg roe, er, caviar.
His dinner of rare lamb loin accompanied by gluey goat-cheese ravioli set the Bloomberg expense account back $270 or so. And a jaunt to the Champagne Bar for two glasses of the bubbly and a few small plates, another $100. Our question is does Mayor Mike know?
No matter. While Wall Street tanks, Plaza condo residents and hotel guests can enjoy a rich (pun intended) breakfast of $26 hotel-style and served pancakes or $17 slice of cheesecake for afternoon lunch and more. All of which makes a hunger for the good life cost a fortune. Sigh.
[Photo: Ryan Charles]