Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat Hotel New York

The Baccarat Hotel is offering the best afternoon tea in NYC right now. Consistently offering great food and tea, the Baccarat is leading with their fresh and luxe afternoon tea service.

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The Baccarat Hotel New York in Midtown serves afternoon tea in their Grand Salon and I met up with friends Lisa and Sara to try it out.

Baccarat Hotel is a luxury hotel from the well-known French crystal company so it’s not surprising that the entire Grand Salon is floor to ceiling crystals. Multiple chandeliers, serveware, and decor are all crystal.

To get to the Grand Salon, take the elevator from the dark, moody ground floor entrance to the second floor.

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What is Afternoon Tea?

Afternoon tea is a set menu which comes with tea and food. You don’t choose the individual food items but you do choose your tea.

Everyone at the table orders their own afternoon tea so the pricing is per person.

The three courses consist of tea sandwiches followed by scones with clotted cream and jam, and finally, the sweets.

The concept of afternoon tea was originated by a Duchess in England who wanted a small meal in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. This mid-afternoon meal was made of small bites of food with tea and she would invite friends to join her.

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Does the Baccarat Have More Than One Afternoon Tea?

There are four afternoon tea options on the menu.

There is the King Louis XV (a pared down version of afternoon tea with 2 savories, a scone, and 2 sweets), Prince of Wales (this is what I ordered and it’s the classic three courses of food), Sultan Abdulazis (this is their Turkish Tea for Two), and Tsar Nicholas II (an extravagant caviar tea with Champagne starting at $400).

How Much is Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat?

The King Louis XV is their lowest priced and a simplified afternoon tea for $65 per person. The price goes up if you add a mocktail or Champagne to your tea service.

The Prince of Wales is their traditional, classic afternoon tea on a three-tiered tray that costs $90 per person.

The five-course Sultan Abdulazis is priced for two people at $300.

The luxe Tsar Nicholas II is basically Champagne and caviar. The pricing for that is a bit insane with a cost of  $400 – $2900 (!!!) per person depending on the Champagne.

Do I Need to Make a Reservation for Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat?

Yes, absolutely a must! Call at least 24 hours in advance for a reservation. For any afternoon tea, it’s always best to make a reservation or you’ll be turned away.

What Do I Wear for Tea at the Baccarat?

No jeans or sneakers, please. Business casual dress code at the minimum.

How Long is Afternoon Tea?

Afternoon tea usually lasts roughly two hours. It’s a leisurely affair and shouldn’t be rushed.

What Time is Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat?

The afternoon tea is served everyday from 1PM – 4PM. Please note that on Mondays and Tuesdays, the Prince of Wales (the traditional afternoon tea) is the only afternoon tea served.

How Does Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat Work?

The afternoon tea menu is a little confusing at first so let me walk you through how to order.

First, select one of the four afternoon tea options.

Next, select a tea. There are recommendations for each afternoon tea but if you flip to the back of the menu, you can pick any of the teas listed.

That’s it.

The tea will come out first, then the food. Feel free to start drinking the tea before the food arrives.

When eating from a three-tiered tray: start with the savories, then the scones, and finally, the sweets. That’s the proper afternoon tea course order.

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Grand Salon Setting: ★★★★★

Opulent. That’s the word I would use to describe the Grand Salon.

The space is brightly lit, with light bouncing off shiny objects everywhere. The lounge is decadent with plush seating and crystals EVERYWHERE your eye lands.

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Baccarat Hotel Service: ★★★★★

Baccarat separates itself from other afternoon teas in the city by having an in-house Tea Sommelier, Gabrielle.

Gabrielle is the mastermind behind the entire afternoon tea program from conception to execution. She comes up with new afternoon teas like the Turkish Tea for Two, and they’re all exceptional.

Every server we encountered was very friendly and attentive.

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Baccarat Hotel Tea & Tea Selection: ★★★★★

Baccarat initially had an exclusive partnership with Mariage Fréres and you could only find their tea blends on the menu. But I’ve noticed that has changed recently with whole leaf tea selections from other tea companies on the menu.

I ordered the Milky Blue, a milky tea with notes of chestnut and almond cream, which I really liked.

The afternoon tea menu is a tad confusing. On the menu, it says “paired with Earl Grey D’or” which makes it seem like that’s the only tea selection available, but it actually should be read as “best paired with” since it’s just their suggestion. You can get any tea from their tea menu.

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Baccarat Hotel Afternoon Tea Savories: ★★★★★

Not gonna lie, I balked at the $90 afternoon tea price tag since it’s the most expensive in New York City, BUT I have to say, it’s pretty DAMN good.

Out of all three courses, the savories are my favorite and the Baccarat does it right. Each bite was better than the next and it’s all beautifully presented. Everything tasted fresh and delicious.

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Baccarat Hotel Afternoon Tea Scones: ★★★★☆

Assorted scones are served warm with Devonshire cream and crab apple gelée. Tasted great but I hated the huge saucer-sized portions. Wish they were as cute and small as the savories.

They brought out only one set of cream and gelée for the table which was not enough for all three of us. After we asked, they brought out another set.

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Baccarat Hotel Afternoon Tea Sweets: ★★★★☆

The sweets were adorable and tasted good.

By the time I got to the sweets course, I was pretty full so I took two bites of each pastry.

I took off a star since one dessert needed a fork to be eaten with. I made a mess when I tried to eat the chocolate dessert with my fingers. (Uh, something I realized after touching it and getting it all over.)

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Baccarat Hotel Afternoon Tea Overall: ★★★★★

Is Baccarat serving the best afternoon tea in New York City? Yes. If you can get past the $90, you should definitely give it a try.

LOCATION: Grand Salon, Baccarat Hotel New York | 28 W 53rd Street | New York, NY 10019 | 212.790.8800
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Sunday – Saturday, 1PM – 4PM (Reserve 24 hours in advance)
COST: The Prince of Wales, $90 per person | Menu

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4 Comments

  • 2 years ago

    Thank you for this review! I have been to the salon at the Baccarat prior to them serving tea and made my own little menu with eclairs and such, however I am delighted they’ve now introduced an afternoon tea menu.

    • Jee
      2 years ago

      Hi Su, enjoy your afternoon tea there!

  • Mimi
    2 years ago

    I went to the Baccarat hotel with my mother and sister for tea and we were very disappointed with the service and will not be returning. We had a reservation for 1:30…(we were told it would be $90 per person, gave a cc card to reserve and were told it would be $50 cancellation per person if less than 24 hours). We had to wait til 2:00 to be seated, we were seated first in a couch area where it was difficult to eat, then squished at a table for two, with another couple right next to us…we complained as we felt that at $90 a person we deserved to feel comfortable and enjoy the experience. We were finally seated at a proper table around 2:20. It took a long time for our food to arrive…they sent out two portions of oysters to mollify us…they did not bring us a second serving of creme which we asked for. In terms of food, the savories are good, the scones are good, but I don’t think that the food combined with the service justifies the price. A tea experience really deserves to be pleasant and relaxed and this was not. I far prefer the Pembroke Room at the Lowell, which remains my favorite place for tea in NY.

    • Jee
      2 years ago

      Hi Mimi, so glad you shared your experience at Baccarat. Ugh, sorry to hear you had such a bad time and agree that at $90/pp it should come with the best service. I’ll have to go again to see how it compares to the first time I went.

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