I like to sit in the booth seating in the front part of the restaurant instead of the middle section with the low tables so we requested to be seated there. I find it's usually emptier and there's more room, which I prefer. It's a full service restaurant, but I like how quiet it is in the middle of the afternoon so the place feels like yours.
Service was very good. The staff was friendly and accommodating.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★☆☆☆
They have three basic teas available with your afternoon tea (an English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Chamomile) but if you want any of their 11 speciality teas, there is a $2.50 supplement. Uh, really? These "speciality teas" are what you would see at most afternoon tea menus -- without a supplement. I have no idea why they are nickel and diming. The only guess is that since the Traditional Tea is $38 per person, it was a way to keep the cost below $40 by taking out the "speciality teas." I ordered the Earl Grey (HELLZ NO was I going to pay the supplement) and I did like it.
The teaware and three-tiered tray were the same as last time with tea sandwiches and scones at the bottom, sweets in the middle, and small pots of preserves and clotted cream at the top.
Savories are better looking, and better tasting that the last time. Uniformly cut and neatly arranged, these basic tea sandwiches were good, but not memorable.
I enjoyed the scones since they were served warm (!) and they were pretty tasty. Since two are served per person, it would have been nicer if the portion size was brought down a bit. But I do love that they come wrapped in a napkin to keep them warm.
Just eh, but I do appreciate the variety.
At $38, the afternoon tea is the same cost as the one served at Bergdorf Goodman so if I were to compare the two. the one at the Crosby Street Hotel falls short.