The Palm Court at The Plaza

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.



SETTING: ★★★★☆
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.

SERVICE: ★★★★☆
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.


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.


SCONES: ★★★★★
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.


SWEETS: ★★★★★
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, 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.

INFO:The Palm Court at The Plaza | Fifth Avenue at Central Park South | New York, NY 10019 | 888.850.0909
COST: The New Yorker $50 | Menu

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