Dali Tea at The St. Regis New York

A review of the Salvador Dali themed afternoon tea at The St. Regis New York hotel with photos of every edible bite.

Dali Tea at The St. Regis New York

The St. Regis New York hotel currently has two afternoon teas on their menu. There is Lady Astor’s Tea, their traditional afternoon tea and the second is their recently introduced Dali Tea, which is a Salvador Dali inspired tea service.

The St. Regis New York was home to the artist Salvador Dali for winters in the late 1930s and the Dali Tea was inspired by his work and Spanish heritage.

Was the Dali Tea completely adorable and did I love it? (Spoiler alert: YES and YES.)

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Do I Need to Make a Reservation for the Dali Tea?

Reservations aren’t required for afternoon tea at The St. Regis New York, but I always recommend making one. 

Afternoon tea is served daily.

How to Order the Dali Tea at The St. Regis

After you’ve been seated with a menu, select the Dali Tea and a tea from their tea menu.

The Dali Tea is a set afternoon tea menu. Every food item listed under Dali Tea is included in the price along with a pot of tea of your choice. 

Flip to the back pages and you’ll see the tea selection from where you can choose which tea you want to have with the food.

How Much is the Dali Tea?

The Dali Tea is $85 per person. You’ll get bite-sized tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and mini sweets along with a pot of tea.

What is the Dress Code at The St. Regis?

The dress code is smart casual. This basically means don’t look like a mess. Dress neatly (no sweatpants), but you don’t have to be in a suit.

Astor Court Setting: ★★★☆☆

The Astor Court inside the St. Regis New York luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan boasts high ceilings and has an open and airy feel to the dining experience.

The decor used to be very feminine with pastel colors and tons of banquette seating, but now it has a more masculine look with black and silver tones.

The feel is a lot more like a lounge for cocktails whereas before it definitely had a more ladies-who-lunch vibe.

Dali Tea Service: ★★★★★

Service was fantastic. They were attentive and friendly. No complaints.

The St. Regis Tea & Tea Selection: ★★★★★

The tea is by Palais des Thes, a French tea company. The tea selection is just how I like it with each type of tea well represented but isn’t pages and pages long. 

The tea is curated well and limited to a max of five teas per type. It’s not overwhelming.

I got the Big Ben English Breakfast, a black tea blend that went well with the savories and sweets.


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Dali Tea Savories: ★★★★★

Instead of a three-tiered tray, the Dali Tea comes out on a ceramic paint palette. It’s incredibly cute and I loved the presentation.

I first started with the savories as one should. 

Manchego and Almond Butter 

Duck Proscuitto and Fig Mostada


Basque Pate 

Lobster and Mango Salad


Smoke Salmon Mousse served in a cone with caviar.

These five bites make up the savory course. Let’s move on to the scones.

Dali Tea Scones: ★★★★★

Freshly baked scones is the next course and it comes out separately after we had our savories.

Served warm, you get two scones per person and it’s served with double Devonshire creeam, preserves, and lemon curd on the side. 

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I had my tea with Bethany and we each had a traditional scone (with sprinkled sugar) and a raisin scone. 

I really like the portion size and the condiments at The St. Regis New York tea service.

Dali Tea Sweets: ★★★★★

After I finished the scone course, I attacked the sweets.

The first thing you notice when they bring the ceramic paint palette is the tall easel with Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” painting which is completely made out of chocolate. 

I love show-stopping edible pieces at themed afternoon teas and this was no exception.

Lemon Poppy Madeleines

Ganache/Raspberry Tartlette


Dulce de Leche Cupcake

I got a macaron but Bethany got the Madagascar Vanille Profiterole.


A nice touch with these chocolate paintbrushes. 

Dali Tea Overall: ★★★★★

Loved it. I’m a fan of themed afternoon teas and this was a memorable one. I really appreciate how much thought went into this tea service. 

INFO: Astor Court at The St. Regis New York | 2 East 55th Street | New York, NY 10022 | 212.339.6857
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 3PM – 5PM
COST: Dali Tea, $85 per person 

//Dali Tea courtesy of The St. Regis New York. All content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always.//

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