Review: The Pembroke Room at The Lowell

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The Pembroke Room at The Lowell hotel is one of my top five places to have afternoon tea. Inside a quaint boutique hotel on the Upper East Side, here, afternoon tea is an intimate affair. 

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SETTING: ★★★★
I love that The Pembroke Room is hidden away on the second floor of The Lowell hotel. You would never know this place was here unless you were to seek it out. The elegant room is only used for tea service in the afternoon and it's usually nice and quiet, just how I like it. Would be perfect for small bridal or baby showers.

SERVICE: ★★★★
Excellent. Very attentive and friendly. They're there if you need more hot water for your tea but seem to disappear when you're deep in conversation with a friend. 

TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★
Great selection of loose leaf teas from T Company and I love that they bring out an additional pot of water (with tea handle fabric covers) to refill your first pot of tea. This is brilliant since I hate it when the last cup of tea is bitter from being steeped too long. 

SAVORIES: ★★★★

SCONES: ★★★★

SWEETS: ★★★★
The savories and sweets arrived on a silver three-tiered tray with the tea sandwiches at the bottom and sweets on the upper tiers. Savories were very good and I enjoyed them all.  

Next, a selection of two types of warm homemade scones were brought out in a basket. Once you made a selection, the server plated the scone onto your plate. He came back around a bit later with the basket in case you wanted seconds. Scones were served with Devonshire Cream, lemon curd and two fruit preserves.

As a huge fan of macarons from Laduree, I don't get excited to be served macarons at tea service since they rarely taste as good. The good news is that you get two trays of sweets so there is a good selection, aside from the macarons.

OVERALL: ★★★★
It's neck and neck with St. Regis for the best afternoon tea in New York in my book so you can't go wrong with The Pembroke Room. 

Note: Reservations recommended.

LOCATION:The Pembroke Room at The Lowell | 28 East 63rd Street between Madison & Park Ave | New York, NY 10065 | 212.605.6825
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 3PM - 6PM
COST: $39