Afternoon Tea at the Plaza Hotel

Some girl friends and I decided to do something a little different than the typical brunch date this weekend – we wanted something fun and memorable and decided to all meet up for afternoon tea.

The famous Plaza Hotel hosts a wonderful afternoon tea in their Palm Court room that features a formal and traditional tea time, with modern versions of typical tea fare. The room was gorgeous and the waitstaff  was prompt and helpful (though we did have a bit of a low talker as a waiter).

Overall we had a very pleasant and unique afternoon, and agreed that it’s definitely something we’d like to continue. Although the prices at the Plaza aren’t something we can likely manage on a weekly basis, we’ve agreed to each take turns in hosting our own versions of afternoon tea. I’ve already got my eye on this 3-tier serving stand from Crate & Barrel in preparation…

For tea at the Plaza, you have the option of a tasting menu of your choice. From those options, I chose ‘The Classic’:

The Classic

Sandwiches & Savories

  • Truffled Quail Egg Salad
  • Maine Lobster, Sturgeon Caviar
  • Roast Beef, Horseradish
  • Cucumber, Radish, Basil
  • Smoked Salmon, Endive

Scones

  • Freshly Baked, Warm Seasonal Scones
  • Double Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd, Preserves

Pastries & Sweets

  • Pâté de Fruit
  • Sacher Torte
  • Lemon Tea Cake
  • Hazelnut Napoleon
  • French Macaroons

For tea, I chose the Tuscan Pear Rooibus. Their promises of smooth and herbaceous floral notes paired with honey and pear really won me over.

Everything was delicate and interesting and beautiful. My favorite savory item was the lobster caviar bite.

My favorite sweet items were the Sacher torte, macaroon, and Napolean.

Everyone else at the table happened to order the ‘New Yorker’ option from the menu. That sampler was equally as interesting as it was beautiful. It consisted of New York ‘staples’ such as roast beef, smoked salmon…

Cupcakes, cheesecake, and black and white cookies…

We were all served scones as well, which came with traditional complementary accompaniments of devonshire cream, lemon curd, and raspberry preserves.

Ever since my childhood holidays spent at the Ritz Carlton’s ‘Teddy Bear Tea’, I’ve been hoping I’d have the chance to enjoy afternoon tea again. The Plaza’s afternoon tea experience gave me that chance, and although there was no teddy bear required this time, it was a truly memorable and enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone looking for something a little different than the typical Sunday brunch.

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