When most people think of afternoon tea, they think of The Plaza. Iconic and a well-known tradition, the afternoon tea is served in The Palm Court.
The Palm Court is a grand space and it's just for afternoon tea during the hours from 2PM - 5PM. Love that. For a little extra privacy, ask for one of the high-backed blue velvet chairs along the sides of the room. The room can seem a little too big and not so cozy, especially when you can see the lobby traffic around you.
Very good. Our server was friendly and made sure that we were enjoying our tea service. Everything was done with a smile. I didn't find the host the nicest, however. He was all business.
TEA & TEA SELECTION:
Very good. They had a nice selection of teas on the menu with a 2-3 teas per type. All loose-leaf, as it should be. I got the Gyokuro green tea from Japan, which had lovely pear notes.
My friend and I both ordered "The New Yorker" which is their traditional afternoon tea. Above, the three-tiered tray for two.
We each had five finger sandwiches and I appreciated the pretty presentation. Fairly good sandwiches made with care. No cold or stale bread on these. The cucumber sandwiches were made in advance; the cucumbers were starting to get a little slippery, so I ate only a couple of bites on those.
Freshly baked and warm, the scones were served with double Devonshire cream, preserves, and lemon curd on the side. Good size and two each. They were good.
A good variety of sweets from mini fruit tarts to mini financiers. All very good, although I was stuffed by the time I was halfway done with this course.
If you've never been, I say go.
Note: I first went without making a reservation on a Sunday, and to my dismay, they were completely booked. Reservations are highly recommended and call, instead of trying to book online since they'll have more time slots available.