Arabelle at the Hotel Plaza Athenee

3.9
382 reviews
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$50 and over
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American

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A refined dining room in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side, Arabelle at Hôtel Plaza Athénée provides gracious service and a sociable ambiance for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With a storied history as the Chateau Henry IV restaurant during its Alrae days, and again in the 1980s as Le Regence, the space today is equally captivating. Gazing around the room, guests are often awestruck by the beautiful sky ceiling, richly paneled walls, Murano chandeliers and hand-painted Chinoiserie accents. Reminiscent of an aristocratic residence with a longstanding staff, Arabelle’s meals are served on delicate bone China and accompanied by silver serving dishes, to the delight of all who appreciate modern American cuisine.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily in Arabelle: 6:30am - 11:00am
Sunday Brunch in Bar Seine: Noon - 2:30pm
Afternoon Tea Daily in Bar Seine: 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Lounge Menu Served in Bar Seine: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 606-4647
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Private parties for up to 130.
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Cross street
Madison Avenue
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Parking details
$75 for sedan and $85 for SUV
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Public transit
N,Q,R train to 5th Av/ 59 St
N,Q,R train to Lexington Av/ 59 St
6 train to 68 St/ Hunter College
F train to Lexington Av/ 63 St
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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4.0
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4.0
ambience
3.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

let’s start with the positives. The place is nice, the staff is friendly aaaand that’s it. Way overpriced for the quality of the food, even the food from the hot stations was cold. Serves us right for ignoring the bad reviews though.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service, as if they had hired waiters for the day from a take out restaurant, to take away clanging plates for the Christmas Buffet. Food was good, what one would expect from a good hotel, but the holiday decor was super kitschy and cheap.

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d
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We went for Thanksgiving Dinner. The food was cold. Of course, it was a buffet, but still expect heating devices to keep food warm. When we asked if food could be microwaved, waiter said not possible. However, this was one of last places still open for Thanksgiving, so what did I expect. Did not like that not have traditional turkey dinner. I also asked if could have table in corner. They did accommodate, however,
was not busy time and think could have seated in any other corner except the one right next to kitchen. Desserts were out of this world.

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w
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving buffet was very upscale. The food was wonderful from the appetizer to the main courses and lavish dessert buffet. Staff is very attentive and engaging. Atmosphere is sophisticated, warm, friendly. A wonderful place to take family and friends for special occasions and holidays.

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SL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my aunt for Thanksgiving brunch. The food was good and the staff were nice. I would go back again.

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Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome hotel and very classy
Great staff great food. Suite was gorgeous

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R
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's been a while since we were in Arabelle. This time, we went for brunch. The pre-fix menu was a 3 course meal, including dessert. That was too much for my wife and when we asked if there was an A-la-carte menu, they showed us the breakfast menu. The best of 2 worlds. I had the brunch which also comes with a basket of pastries, croissant, danish, and muffin. It also came with scones and cream. We had to wait for the scones because they were still in the over when we ordered. They cameo the table hot and were excellent. The service couldn't have been better. Just really really good.
I had the French toast and my wife a waffle. Both were delicious. The coffee was fresh and also excellent. For dessert, we shared the chocolate mousse cake. Don't argue with me, order it! It was heavenly! (Though we went on Sunday, there was no prerequisite to attend a service of any kind before eating the cake.)
Check out the menu on line and if you see something you like, I'm sure it will be delicious.

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NY
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The great attribute of the place is that it is a quiet and discrete business breakfast place Food was OK, not great. Menu selection was good. Service friendly but nothing extraordinary. That sums up the place, OK but nothing really good - but incredibly expensive for what it is!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Never. Come. Here. For. Brunch. Probably the worst brunch experience I have had in 25 years in NYC. The place was empty and it took them 30 mins to take our order and another hour for the food to begin to arrive. My order (an omelette) only arrived after everyone else had finished and some food never arrived at all. Woefully understaffed in the kitchen and waitstaff departments and they never advised us of any issues, we just sat there and waited. They adjusted our bill but still paid too much for the worst meal I can remember having. It was so bad it was actually comedic. Kind of astonishing that a hotel like the Plaza Athenee would perpetuate that experience. We’ll never return.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Muy bueno el brunch de Pascuas, aunque caro. Debería haber incluido por lo menos una copa de champagne

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S
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Had the Sunday Buffet and all the food was cold, left over eggs, when asked a server to please replaced eggs or if we could order off the buffet he was rude and un un accommodating. Tables around us were dirty and the service was beyond poor!!!
It was my first time there and was not invited to return .

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C
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Thanksgiving buffers. Fish was not dry though. Service was fantastic.

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l
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was very nice. We ordered a la carte instead of the buffet. Avocado Toast and an open croissant sandwich were perfect. Service was extremely slow. Waiter forgot us several times during the meal. They forgot the water we ordered and didn’t offer bread even though the jam was sitting on the table. Didn’t offer milk with the tea or coffee. Had to ask several times. Waited for the receipt for 15 minutes.

On top of all that bad service they “charged” us the gratuity automatically. Yes we knew it was added on but that doesn’t make sense if you don’t actually receive any service.

Seems to us that service-included leave little incentive for the waitstaff to meet expectations. Even though we only live a few blocks away we won’t be back.

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SB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice breakfast menu and food was delicious. Very attentive servers with attention to allergies. Complimentary muffins were very tasty. Dining room needs to be updated but elegant nonetheless.

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

This was supposed to be a classic NYC Sunday brunch for my parents visiting from out of town. Unfortunately the beautiful dining room that is in the pictures is closed for renovations and the menu was limited - didn't have the selections posted online. It was a very disappointing experience although 5 stars for the impeccable service which was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was a terrible restaurant. My food came out burnt and I sent it back. When it came out again it was burnt again. Then we were charged for an item that we did not order. It was difficult to get service as well. It is a beautiful space but the food and service just don't make it worth going.

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BM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Invasion of fruit flies was the main problem, no one else in restaurant which is not usually a
Good sign.. restaurant is beautiful and music was jazz and fun

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love coming here. It was the perfect place for our anniversary dinner. We very much enjoy our visits here and leave regretting we don't come more often. Great service. Extremely friendly waitstaff. Very competent menu.

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GD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabelle is a great place to have a good dinner and a good service.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding and will be back to try other menu items. Attentive service and the atmosphere was delightful. Our server was very knowledgeable and was able to steer us to the the right menu choices. We had an amazing chocolate delight for dessert and went to the bar to enjoy some great music and company.

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MI
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Soo disappointing. I had the continental breakfast and I expected from such a hotel to have quality. That was not the case. The pastries weren't fresh and the fruit salad wasn't either. I'd rather go to LPQ (Le Pain Quotiduen) which has excellent pastries, just like in Paris.

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H
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. Not a large selection but OK.
Very cozy and well decorated dining room. Pleasant, peaceful. Fresh flowers etc.
The bread/pastries basket had only one croissant, one muffin and one scone for two people.
The appetizer of smoked salmon was of an excellent quality (server forgot the toasts!) the steak and eggs we ordered were very good. Only negative comment is the cost of the bottle of wines: nothing under $65 for run of the mill wines. Also quality of the coffee served could be improved; I take it black no sugar and you can really taste the good to the so-so coffees. Nicholas, the Manager who attended us was very nice and informative. The servers were very attentive too. Not sure we will be back due to the cost of wines.

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P
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very expensive Christmas Day buffet. Ok at best. Don't go here.

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F
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Let me begin by saying how surprised I was to find that my bottle of Pellegrino water that is normally $2 in 7-11 and $7 in a fine dining restaurant was $13. Not to mention that my wife's chamomile tea, one bag and hot water, was $10. This alone made me cringe enough to never return. But let's move past the overcharging, and get to the actual experience. The food, while tasty, was nothing special, in particular. When I saw that this restaurant was ranked a very highly on opentable, I was expecting something unique and special. Especially for the price. When I'm paying top dollar like this, I have expectations that were not met here. If this meal had been served to us at a standard lunch place, for standard lunch prices, I would've been overjoyed and probably would have become a return and repeat customer. But when I'm charged $31 for vegetables (mostly mushrooms) and a handful of gnocchi, I tend to consider it a bit of a rip off. The service was attentive, yet oddly brusque and a bit awkward. When my wife, who is pregnant, opted to only get soup and salad, the waiter loudly derided her with a "That's all?" The manager, who obviously cared and was well-meaning, came off as desperate to please, which is a vibe that doesn't make for a very comforting environment. Speaking of the environment, turn down your lights. This is meant to be an intimate, elegant dinner, not a diner. Finally, if you're going to keep your bread in a warmer, don't forget to fill the moisture compartment. The bread we received was harder than a rock.

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j
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is wonderful however we were surprised at the unmentioned extra fee of $18 for lettuce and avocado that was added to my $24 crab cakes. My salad was almost more than my husband's steak! We were guests of the hotel and didn't feel like complaining, however it has left a bad taste with us. Will stay there again, I imagine, but most likely dine elsewhere.

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L
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar area is small and darkly romantic, dining room has a luxurious feel, with pale pink wall panels, wispy gold curtains and a gold-domed ceiling. You are presented with a cozy, comfortable, yet elegant setting. Not for those with modern tastes. The menu was limited yet every item we had was prepared with fresh seasonal fair , great presentation. Each item was a treat to eat. Service was very attentive and above average. My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner a truly special experience.

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YL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just went there for a quiet business lunch, the service was the best I have had in the City!!! Love Love Steve...

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NY
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were professional, courteous, and friendly. Lovely ambiance. My daughters and I went for breakfast on Mother's Day and the food was excellent. Hats off to the chef. We will definitely go back for Sunday brunch. Thank you for a wonderful morning.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try its lobster. Very good. Better than lots of famous for lobster restaurant.

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m
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Elegant old school beauty. Very good food not wonderful service. The brunch bread basket is to die for!!!

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Easter Brunch was spectacular, thanks to the great staff and service. The food was fabulous. Everything was top quality and the staff continuously refreshed all of the offerings on the appetizer and dessert tables. We will certainly return!

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CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the Hotel Plaza Athenee... nothing else need be said... it speaks for itself. I entertained a very wealth African business associate here for lunch & he just loved the atmosphere & the food was more amazing that I remembered.
I just love how wonderful & quint this place is... it's timeless.

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D
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Truly lovely. Like being in Paris. Spacious, elegant, and quiet. A real pleasure.

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D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Arabelle is tired in every way. It could use a major re-do, beginning with the wait staff. Those guys hovered over us from the minute we sat down, pushing to take our order, then pouring wine every other minute in large quantities, and then hanging very near to our table chatting with each other, staring at us while we ate. One waiter in particular is more suited for work in a diner. For the price, we could have gone anywhere in the City and gotten superior service, ambience and food.

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PW
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Outstanding restaurant that we have frequented for many years. Check to see if main dining room is open. If not, there is a warm room off the bar. The preparation is always of top quality.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good; the bill ($100 per person, for a breakfast) was ridiculous !!!
Tha Plaza and the Carlyle offer a superb brunch, a better ambiance and service, a larger choice ... and compared to Arabelle prices they would look cheap.

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Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sometimes not easy to find a quiet unhurried dining experience in Manhattan but this is the place. Food was excellent. Service was attentive, kind of formal but unpretentious. Decor was classy. If you like to be around energy and people when you dine, don't go here. It's quiet but a nice treat.

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m
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been here a number of times and will continue to return. The food, service and ambiance are excellent. What makes it best for us is there is almost no one else there-its like going to your own private dining room.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great resturant and amazing service. Atmosphere was superior. Food was average for set Christmas menu too expensive. We hsd a good evening.

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