Choosing an afternoon tea in New York can be a task. Only because there are so many place in the city that offer afternoon tea at different varieties. Now if you know me, you understand that I LOVE experiencing afternoon tea and have done so in places such as The Ritz in London, The Balmoral in Edinburgh and other delicious locations. I am literally obsessed with afternoon tea.
I am also a fan of a ‘Palm Court’. There are not many left in the world besides the two I just named in London, Edinburgh as well as The Plaza in NYC. Choosing to have afternoon tea inside the Palm Court at The Plaza was a win-win situation. I could experience one of New York’s grandest afternoon teas, as well as checking off a visit to another beloved Palm Court.
—— Champagne Tea Service —–
This was a special afternoon tea as it was a Congratulation Tea for my daughter, as she had just graduated college. Afternoon tea has been a personal experience that I have shared with her for a decade or so. What a better way to celebrate this milestone with an experience that we love to share.
— Veuve Cliquot Duo —
Yes it is pricey, especially if you do the Champagne Tea which we did but you cannot put a price on experiences like this. Having afternoon tea in locations such as The Plaza, you expect luxurious little touches that take it up a couple of notches. The Plaza did not disappoint with their tea service; the attentive staff and their attention to detail was impeccable.
From the time we were seated until the time we left, having tea with all the lovely little bits was wonderful. The champagne offered with the afternoon tea was Veuve Cliquot which was a very elegant way to upgrade.
There were many different teas to choose from and if you have questions, they are there to help you select. All teas are served loose leaf and in personal fine china tea pots.
— The Holiday Afternoon Tea Service —
As for the afternoon tea delicacies, every bite was heavenly. Everything was served at once on a multiple tiered serving tray. The colorful array of savories and sweets plus the delicious scones were thoroughly enjoyed!
— Freshly Baked Seasonal Scones—
Served with Devonshire cream, Meyer lemon curd and house-made preserves
— Savories and Tea Sandwiches —
Thyme roasted prime rib, horseradish aioli, arugula, brioche roll
Napoleon smoked salmon, pikcled onion cream cheese, dill and pumpernickel
Foie gras mousse, chambord-soaked currents, pannetone
Caviar blini, chive creme fraiche, Daurenki caviar
Lobster roll, daikon sprouts, buttered potato roll
Porcini mushroom and thyme quichette
— Dessert Course —
Mandarin citrus white chocolate macaron
Mont Blanc tart sable, chestnut puree, huckleberry compote, vanilla cream
Orange Grand Mariner chouquette, preserved orange
Green Tea financier cake, yuzu cremaux, coconut meringue
Dark chocolate cugelhoph, manjari cognac ganache, mocha coulis
Mandarin orange chocolate, pan d’epice eclair
Fresh seasonal fruit tart
A Personal Favorite
So luxurious and tasteful, the Mandarin orange chocolate, pan d’epice eclair!
My daughter graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Hospitality from UNLV, so to be treated to a beautiful plate of macarons from The Plaza, was a wonderful way to experience hospitality.
Thank you to The Palm Court inside The Plaza for your thoughtfulness. She was very surprised as well as myself, what a lovely touch!
We were also each gifted with a slice of their signature fruit cake in gold take away boxes, plus a couple other fun items. This was not your Auntie’s fruit cake either! The delectable slices of their fruit cake were deliciously dense with a rich flavor. I enjoyed it with a cup of black coffee that evening in our hotel room. The Plaza experience kept on going.
The two other Palm Courts that I have been to in London and Edinburgh also gave me tasteful Thank You Gifts. There is something very special when you treat yourself to places of luxury, they always thank you in the most delicious ways.
Under Certain Circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea – Henry James
For afternoon tea information and reservations, please visit their website: The Palm Court The Plaza Hotel
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