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Plaza Athenee, NYC, Debuts Reimagined Accommodations But Excellent Food Service Prevails! Checkout These Recipes!

So much new and wonderful is going on at the already fabulous Plaza Athenee Hotel in New York City. This luxurious property in a prime location for shopping, sightseeing, basing oneself for after-the-business-day decompression in relaxed elegance offers an oasis of pampering in the center of this city of hustle and bustle.  Now, with the debut of newly reimagined rooms and suites and other locations within the Old World elegance and charm that is New York City’s Plaza Athenee, if you’ve never stayed there, or if it’s been some time since your last visit, now is the time to book your space, especially in this fourth-quarter of the year which is always the busiest time of year in NYC!

I’m hoping to get the grand tour and share with you all that the Plaza Athenee has to offer in its updated form. . . frankly, for me, they didn’t need to do a thing as this hotel has always offered accommodations, public spaces and service that is as near perfection as possible to offer in an imperfect world. And I’m looking forward to dining at the Plaza Athenee as the food there is exceptional. The combination of great location, wonderful interior, a staff focused on exceeding the expectations of staff, and great food with suites that look like the elegant setting for a film about people who know how to live well, the Plaza Athenee should be the first place you think of for holding a benchmarking reception like a wedding, honeymoon, corporate reception, product launch, or celebrating your life and achievements!

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where people grow up dining on crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. When you meet someone who has spent their life in Baltimore, there’s a good chance that person is a connoisseur on seafood, in general, and crabs in particular. For that reason, I rarely order crab cakes anywhere but  in Maryland as other locations generally serve mashed potatoes with bread stuffing infiltrated by a flake of crab meat or two. For that reason, when I saw crab cakes offered on the menu  at Plaza Athenee in NYC I hesitated to order them. But our waiter assured us we would not be disappointed and this menu item is a wonderful yardstick to measure focus on quality of product and preparation. I will long  remember those wonderful crab cakes that I didn’t need to drive to Maryland to get!

Alfred Thomas, Executive Sous Chef at the Plaza Athenee, was kind enough to share their recipe with me so that I can share it with you. It’s certainly easier and more elegant and charming to be served this glorious dish in the hotel’s intimate environment, but have a go at the recipe so you’ll have a taste of the finished product as well as experience the generosity of the hotel’s willingness to share what others might regard as best-kept secrets!


New York City’s Plaza Athenee Crab Cake Recipe. . . Authentically Delicious!

1 pound-jumbo Lump blue crab meat, picked over the shells

1/3 cup Mayonnaise

½ cup panko bread crumbs

1 large egg, beaten

2tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes Tabasco

¼ small dice sweet bell pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoon vegetable oil/unsalted butter

-In a large mixing bowl, combine half of the crab meat, panko, eggs mustard, Worcestershire, tabasco and paprika. Season with salt and pepper and stir until thoroughly combined.

-Gently fold in the remaining half of crab meat and sweet red pepper, try not to break apart the lumps of meat as you stir, gently coat in bread crumbs and shape into 2oz patties and arrange on parchment-lined sheet pan.

-In a medium cast iron nonstick skillet, heat oil/or butter over medium-high heat. Add 2oz patties and cook and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and finish in oven

Would love to hear your results. Go to to “Ask Stephanie” and let me know how your meal turned out and post some photos! Now if you think that was good, go to Plaza Athenee to rejoice in the moment to get the desired results without the work and clean-up! If you’re planning an event at the hotel, be sure to add their crab cakes to your hors d’oeurves, canapes, and main dish options! And do what I’ve done: find your cozy corner in the restaurant of the Plaza Athenee and treat yourself to the best!

--Gotta Fly Now!sm
Your Personal Travel Expert
Nationally syndiated radio show host
Stephanie Abrams

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