The redesigned space is now completely masculine with a dark color scheme. Gone are the plush sofas in warm tones and crisp white tablecloths; they were missed. The harpist was still there, which I liked, although I was thrown when a song from the movie Frozen was played on the harp. (The harpist is only there Wednesday - Sunday.)
The service was excellent, as it usually is, although there was a tiny hiccup. After we were chatting for a bit, the server came over and placed the first course of savories in front of us. I didn't think anything of it, since we were there for afternoon tea, but Georgia doesn't eat meat and she didn't get a chance to let them know so that one of the tea sandwiches with roast beef could be replaced with something else.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★★
I had previously given it 4 stars, due to the small selection of oolongs and white teas, but I'm going to now up it to 5 stars since looking at the tea menu again, it's a healthy selection, especially compared to other afternoon tea services.
Before the three-tiered tray was carried out, the savories were served first, on a white plate. I didn't mind this, especially if it means the scones will arrive later, WARM, although they weren't very warm in this case.
Back to the savories -- they are excellent. Three traditional tea sandwiches, one roast beef on a bun, and a mini quiche. The variety was great and everything tasted freshly made.
Out came the three-tired tray with servings for all three of us. The top, scones (two each), and the bottom two were sweets (four each).
Scones are served with Double Devonshire cream, preserves, and lemon curd on a separate plate in small pots. We were given two plates for the three of us, which meant two of us had to share one, and with two scones per person and with how much cream I like on my scones, we really needed a serving of jam and cream for each person.
A nice variety of sweets and they tasted great. The red fruit tart was my favorite since hidden in inside was a surprise matcha filling.
I'm sticking with keeping The St. Regis afternoon tea as the second best in New York City. (See my top 6 places for afternoon tea.) It lost some allure from the change in decor, but everything else about it is solidly good.