Afternoon Tea Review // Gotham Lounge at the Peninsula [2014]

Thanks to an invite from Kathy, I got to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea at the Gotham Lounge at The Peninsula. (Check out her photos on her blog post and see my review from 2013.)

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SETTING: ★★☆
The decor is a little lacking in terms of creating an intimate ambiance, mostly due to the corporate feel. It looks like a nicer business class airport lounge.

SERVICE: ★★★★★
Excellent. I tried pouring the tea and spilled it all over my side of the table and a server came right over to assist me. He stopped by to pour my near empty teacup throughout the tea service. All done with a smile.

TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★☆
The tea selection is on the small side with 11 teas and it’s heavy with black teas. I got the Dragon Pearl, Jasmine tea which was very good.

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The three-tiered tray arrived with three courses for two people.

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SAVORIES: ★★★★
Excellent presentation of savories. The perfectly made tea sandwiches were pure eye candy. Delicious. No stale, or cold bread here.

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SCONES: ★★★★☆
Two scones per person and they were a nice, manageable size. Served with jams, lemon curd, and clotted cream, they were soft and fluffy on the inside with a crusty thin exterior.

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SWEETS: ★★★☆☆
Nicer than the year before with a good variety of sweets. The hazelnut mini cakes were especially good but nothing wowed me.

OVERALL: ★★★★
Upping the afternoon tea from 3 teacups to 4! The setting is still not great, but everything else about the tea service was.

LOCATION: Gotham Lounge at The Peninsula | 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street | New York, NY 10019 | 212.956.2888
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 2:30PM – 5:00PM
COST: Traditional Afternoon Tea $55 | Menu

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