Wednesday, June 12, 2024

New York’s Famed (But Closed) Plaza Athenee Hotel to Become Ultra Chic, Expensive, Exclusive Nobu Hotel and Restaurant


Nobu, the Hotel, is coming to New York.

The hotel and restaurant combo for the upscale wealthy and chic is taking over the famed but now closed Hotel Plaza Athenee on East 64th St.

Nobu, of course, is already a big hit restaurant in New York’s Tribeca and West 57th St. It’s also a mainstay of Hollywood and Malibu where there’s already a hotel. The new one will be called Plaza Athénée Nobu Hotel and Spa New York.

Now they will plant their flag on the Upper East Side in 2026. The remodel will take the once cozy hotel and turn it into something sleek and uncomfortable. There will be a rooftop terrace, a Japanese spa, and sushi for everyone starting at four hundred dollars!

I have such great memories of the Plaza Athenee. The manager, Bernard Lackner, was a superstar. We had my parents’ 50th anniversary dinner there. The hotel dining room also was home to many movie and theater premieres, press events for film after film. I took Nicole Kidman to lunch there years and years ago where she ate off my plate. (I was surprised by her appetite.) I also had lunch at the Plaza Athenee with Robert Wagner, where we talked about Natalie Wood. He was terrific. They had the best waiters and the nicest staff.

Life goes on!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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