NYT review guru Frank Bruni recently stopped in for a visit (or two) with Joël Antunès at the Oak Room at the Plaza. Atlanta denizens called foul when Antunès departed his namesake, Joël, for the glitz and glitter of the famed New York restaurant. Though Joël is still alive, it looks like Antunès might want to consider a return to the more relaxed digs of the deep south.
Bruni’s feelings are summarized with one short paragraph:
I’d recommend the Oak Room for anyone intent on an inimitable atmosphere and a baronial sense of splurge and who is willing to risk a forgettable, or even frustrating, meal. (Jackets, by the way, aren’t required but are “definitely preferred,” as a reservationist told me.)
Anywho, read it here and formulate your own opinion.