Afternoon Tea at The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel’s afternoon tea from start to finish, reviewed. From the tea selection to the sweets, take a look at every course.

Whitby hotel afternoon tea

The Whitby Hotel is a fairly new hotel that opened up in Midtown, New York and once I found out they were serving afternoon tea, of course I had to go. I’ve gone twice so far, once with my friend Karen and then again with (the amazing) photographer Charissa Fay.

SETTING: ★★★★☆

If the look and feel of the hotel seems somewhat familiar, it may be because you’ve been to the The Whitby’s sister hotel, The Crosby Street Hotel. (The Crosby Street also does afternoon tea.)

Both times at the Whitby, I sat in the back room which is a lovely setting for afternoon tea. Whoever decorated the space — genius. Brilliant use of color and fabrics. If you’re looking for a place to host an afternoon tea party for a bridal or baby shower, this would be a great option since the decor skews more feminine.

SERVICE: ★★★☆☆

Ok, the service is a bit of a mixed bag. Very friendly BUT slow. Maybe because we were tucked away at the far end of the room (both times I went), but after our three-tiered tray was served, it was somewhat of a wait to find someone to ask to refill our teapots with hot water or to get the check.

Whitby afternoon tea


YES, ONE STAR. IN ALL CAPS. They do something that I hated at The Crosby Street Hotel, which is to nickel and dime you for the tea.

A selection of three teas are offered as part of the $55 tea service then 11 other teas are labeled as “specialty teas” for an additional $2.50. OMG. COME ON WHITBY, YOU’RE BETTER THAN THIS.

Just charge $58 for the afternoon tea and get rid of the ridiculous $2.50 supplement if you insist on adding on the additional cost. UGH, THE WORST.

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Whitby afternoon tea

Afternoon tea for two. One on the right is their Healthy Afternoon Tea that Karen ordered and the one on the left is The Whitby Afternoon Tea which is what I got. Both were $55 per person.

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Whitby afternoon tea


Four small bites of savories which were all fairly good.

One small quibble — one of the savories was just pretzel bread. No protein. Just the bread and a little mustard which seems a little lazy. The bites are on the smaller side as far as afternoon tea savories go. I like them to be more like two bites, not one.

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Whitby afternoon tea

SCONES: ★★★★☆

Scones were served warm with three sides of clotted cream and preserves.

The size of the scones can be a little smaller so that they’re a little easier to eat (and daintier) but other than that, they were good.

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Whitby afternoon tea

SWEETS: ★★★☆☆

Just ok, nothing to write home about. The canele was not properly made since it lacked the chewy and slightly firm exterior.

OVERALL: ★★★☆☆

Not the best, not the worst. Oh wait, it’s actually the worst in regards to the $2.50 specialty tea supplement.

INFO: The Whitby Hotel | 18 West 56th Street | New York, NY 10019 | 212.586.5656
COST: $55 per person | Menu

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  • 9 months ago

    I hate being nickel and dimed on the tea menu too! If need be, they should just raise the price a bit to compensate (though that probably isn’t even necessary). The room does look adorable though. I love their fabric choices.

    • Jee
      9 months ago

      Hi Nicole, the nickel and diming is the worst!

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