PLAZAOne of my favorite places to visit when I am in London is the great food hall at Harrods. The pure opulence of the place along with the offerings available are overwhelming – but in the best possible way. I have often wondered why there were no great food halls in the U.S. and thought if there were to be any, New York would be the place.

Sure enough, celebrity chef Todd English teamed up with the iconic The Plaza hotel in Manhattan and created a European style food hall on our very shores: The Plaza Food Hall.

About The Plaza Food Hall at NYC’s Plaza Hotel: “Three years ago, we embarked on a journey to bring together an abundance of culinary choices in one dynamic setting. We opened The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English in June 2010, where locals, tourists, and hotel guests alike could meet, dine, and shop in a space akin to European food halls not typically found in the United States. Our enthusiasm for all things food quickly caught on, and The Plaza Food Hall has become a go-to destination, setting in motion a multiphase expansion. On May 23, 2012, The Plaza Food Hall opened in its 32,000-square-foot space. Todd English remains our “anchor” alongside a thoughtfully curated selection of New York favorites and relative newcomers. Whether you’re a born-and-bred New Yorker looking to enjoy childhood favorites or a visitor who wants to sample a cross-section of the city’s best, you truly can find it all under the famous gabled roof of The Plaza.”

I can’t wait to stop by The Plaza Food Hall on my next trip to the big city. As fans of Lost Cowboy know, when I travel I like having little picnics in my hotel room. A visit to The Plaza Food Hall promises to help me kick my picnics up a few notches.

Learn more about The Plaza Food Hall at NYC’s Plaza Hotel here.

Check in at The Plaza online here.