Spotlight: Planet Hollywood

NYC Planet Hollywood

A testament to the talkies, Planet Hollywood offers traditional American cuisine with a side of iconic movie memorabilia and costumes. In the heart of the Big Apple, this tribute-to-Hollywood restaurant serves a memorable experience in more ways than one. The approachable menu is second only to the approachability of some of Hollywood’s most treasured cinematic heirlooms hailing from blockbuster hits like Top Gun and Titanic. New York City Monthly brings you behind the scenes on the set of their Times Square location…

With locations internationally, how does the Times Square restaurant differ in both the energy and set up? 

Situated in the heart of Times Square, Planet Hollywood New York is as energetic and vibrant as the city in which it’s located. Large screens throughout the restaurant entertain guests with a non-stop video show featuring clips of everyone’s favorite movies, previews of upcoming releases and the hottest music videos. Planet Hollywood boasts a large, open mega floor plan and also has its sister property, Buca di Beppo, the Italian-inspired family-style restaurant situated just one floor up by stairs or elevator! We are two great venues under one roof!

What memorabilia from blockbuster films do you have on display?

We showcase a large collection of memorabilia from blockbuster films, including costumes worn by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis from The Hangover. Also widely popular to view are the costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and as Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games. We also have props from Terminator 2: Judgement Day and a costume worn by Sarah Jessica Parker from Hocus Pocus.

Are you allowed to navigate around to see everything or is it more of a seated observation from your table? If you can move about, do you suggest a particular route?

Guests are invited and encouraged to navigate through the themed rooms to view and enjoy our memorabilia collection. The main floor, known as The City, is a great place to start and is impressive with aerial memorabilia, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the car from Wayne’s World II, the car from Cobra and planes from Top Gun and Independence Day. The Times Square and Hudson rooms include a wide assortment of memorabilia from both film and television and are easily accessible for guests to view.

Say we’re coming in for the first time and we want to make sure to see it all. What’s a prop or costume that may go unnoticed in a visit if you don’t know to look out for it?

We have two items of memorabilia guests enjoy most, but could go unnoticed. Kate Winslet’s dress from the blockbuster film Titanic is situated at the top of the staircase where guests may enter the restaurant. By taking the elevator, a guest could miss this popular piece. So, on your way in or on your way out, take the stairs and don’t miss this beautiful artifact!  Also, the Alien console from Independence Day is located in the Times Square room.

If the costumes and memorabilia are the scene setters, what are the stars on your menu?

Our menu features a variety of delectable appetizers, entrees, specialty dishes, sandwiches as well as our OMG Burger, which our chef reinvents weekly. Guests rave about our BBQ Ribs, served St. Louis-style and our signature LA Lasagna, which is popular among fans of Planet Hollywood. Our VIP Platter includes our signature appetizer, Chicken Crunch, and is a huge crowd pleaser.

What if all we have time for is a cocktail and an appetizer before heading to a show? What would you suggest?   

Our bar is available for guests to walk in and enjoy a cocktail and quick bite before or after a show. We encourage guests who wish to dine with us to make an advance reservation at planethollywoodintl.com.

Planet Hollywood is a mecca for the movies – do you host any events with celebrity guest appearances that we should know about?  

We host a variety of special events, such as celebrity meet & greets, Broadway opening nights, memorabilia donations, press events for television shows and other celebrity-driven events. At Planet Hollywood Times Square, you never know what celebrity will visit next!  Visit our website at planethollywoodintl.com for more information.