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“Creating a restaurant always begins with a concept and a storyline. Everything follows from there, from the menu to service to the lighting to the interior design. When you start with the right concept, the different elements fall into place naturally and the total experience for guests is exciting and memorable.”


The Palm CourtNYC

Zakarian has helmed the long-awaited relaunch of the iconic Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel, which has undergone a complete renovation by Master Architect Thierry Despont. Afternoon Tea truly shines here with custom tableware, a tea list with worldly depth, and of course, a bit of Eloise, too. An ideal setting for a professional breakfast or an evening of cocktails where Zakarian adds a touch of old New York to a very polished and modern sense of hospitality.

“Now [The Palm Court] has turned over a new frond, with a stunning makeover that includes soaring palms [and] mirrored tables.” - NY Times

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The Lambs ClubNYC

A bespoke dining experience recalling the classic club rooms of midcentury America, with red leather banquettes, deco fixtures, and an oversized 18th Century French fireplace. Located in the iconic Stanford White designed building where "The Lambs," America's first professional theatrical club, first met.

“…an amazing collection of flavors and textures that is worth traveling some distance to try” - NY Times

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The National Bar & Dining RoomsNYC

Inspired by the grand cafés of Europe and by classic American dining rooms, The National offers a welcoming yet refined interior design, great service, and a range of bistro-style dishes with Zakarian's signature Modern American touch. Located at the restored 1927 Emery Roth building – an architectural landmark of the Beaux-Arts style.

“Looking for a new Midtown staple? Try The National.” - Examiner

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The Water Club at BorgataNJ

A unique and distinct boutique hotel connected to the Borgata in Atlantic City, The Water Club offers Zakarian's New York style cuisine in The Sun Room, Immersion Spa, The Pools and Room Service for the 800 guest rooms.

“A hip, urban vibe that brings a Gotham style to the beach” - The Strong Buzz

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The Plaza HotelNYC

As the culinary director for the hotel, Zakarian has reimagined The Palm Court (see above) and oversees the menu for Room Service as well. In the coming year, he will also resurrect the iconic Oak Room and Oak Bar, Rose Club and Champagne Bar.

“I want to leave as much as we can in place, the way they do with the great old restaurants in Paris.” - Geoffrey Zakarian, NY Times

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