If you are one the "last crossing" passengers that on Thursday October 16th will have a few hours in New York between the arrival early in the morning aboard the QE2 and the QM2, this is my first post about suggestions to enjoy this magnificent city.

Like having a memorable lunch at the new Plaza Hotel's Oak Room

The Oak Room

The famous Oak Room is now under renovation but will be open in late September, and the return of the Old Lady is going to be one of the big openings of this Fall.

The restaurant is at the Plaza but under separate management.

This fantastic bar and restaurant tries is trying to recapture some of its former fame by having Atlanta star chef Joël Antunes, and enlisting architect Annabelle Selldorf to breathe new life into the storied premises.

The restaurant will remain largely unchanged by the renovations, like the Oak Bar's gilded, coffered ceiling.

The walls of the Oak Bar are adorned with murals by Everett Shinn, depicting scenes from everyday life in New York City.

The Oak Room was captured in film by Alfred Hitchcock, during the opening scenes of North by Northwest, starring Cary Grant.

The Plaza opened 100 years ago, on October. 1, 1907, and the first guest checked into the Plaza was Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, the heir to a famous fortune.

Now, a top-to-bottom renovation of the property is close to completion, turning part of the famous building into some of the most expensive condominiums in the Manhattan.

Isaac Tshuva, the head of El Ad U.S. Holdings, paid $675 million for the Plaza four years ago and is spendind about $400 million for the renovations.

768 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019 at Central Park South.

Reservations: +1-212-758-7777

Tell them that your are in the QE2 or QM2 and I am sure that you will get one of the best tables.

And try to be one of those lucky enough to get seated by the windows with the unparalleled view of Central Park.

If you haven't already blown your budget on cocktails and luches, expect a bill in the lower $100's but an unique New York experience.

(Photo by Paul Hosefros/The New York Times)

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