When people ask me where to go for a classic afternoon tea experience, The St. Regis New York always gets a mention. It’s on my top 5 list of places to have afternoon tea and since I haven’t reviewed it since 2014, it was time for a return visit. I met up with my friend Karen, who helps me a ton with web development work. (She helped me customize my blog theme.)
In 2014, I gave the setting just 3 stars since the decor was so masculine, but since then, they’ve softened the look with — wait for it — tablecloths! You think I’m joking, but the tablecloths work to soften up the look. We were initially seated in one of the chairs, but we moved to a sofa and I liked this plush seating option a lot more.
The service is always very good and usually attentive although I wish they had checked in on us towards the end so that we didn’t have to wait so long to get hot water.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★★
The St. Regis New York has a fantastic tea selection with a nice variety. I like to see each type of tea (black, green, white, oolong, herbal) represented on the menu and it’s usually a good sign when I can’t choose since too many look tempting. On this visit, I ordered the Osmanthus Oolong which went well with each course.
I love the savories here! Each tea sandwich was better than the next and everything tasted delicious and fresh. The variety was wonderful and I could have eaten two trays worth! (Side note: I’ve eaten two savory trays in the past and I was so full that I couldn’t eat another bite and missed out on the scone and sweet courses. Lesson learned — savories are more filling than they appear.)
After the savories are done, they bring out the three-tired tray with scones on top, and sweets on the bottom.
The Double Devonshire cream, preserves, and lemon curd arrived with the scones and as you can see, I plated them the same as in my How to Eat a Scone Properly post with a scoop of each. Two scones per person, one raisin and one plain. They were pretty good.
The sweets were good, but not especially memorable. The macarons were surprising good though with a nice delicate shell and slightly chewy filling.
A solid afternoon tea experience.