At the End of the Day, Nicole Kaplan Likes Ring Dings

Nicole Kaplan, sundae fan.Photo: Patrick McMullan

We told you on Wednesday that Nicole Kaplan was leaving Del Posto for the Plaza, and today we can tell you why: Shes not crazy about cooking Italian food. I guess I just missed my style; I wasnt loving Italian food as much as I thought I would. My style is American food with a strong Frenchtraining influence.

At the Plaza, Kaplan will create desserts for the Palm Court, the Rose Club and Champagne Bar, and room service. (The Oak Room is run separately.) Were still developing the menu here, but I can tell you that there will be a lot of ice cream. I love a sundae with a lot of whipped cream. And toppings. Its always about the toppings for me. Sounds pretty traditional compared to the avant-garde concoctions beloved by many of todays top pastry chefs. I like dessert to be dessert, says Kaplan. I enjoy those other styles, but its not my style. The dessert should be a release at the end of the meal: comforting and recognizable. I still like Ring Dings! Kaplans dessert program will be in full effect when the Plaza reopens in March.

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