A look at the Frankenstein themed afternoon tea at The Morgan Library & Museum. The special tea service runs until January 27th, 2019 when the It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200 exhibition ends.
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It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200
There’s an exhibition currently running at The Morgan Library & Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein.
Along with the exhibition, there’s a special afternoon tea inside The Morgan Cafe that is inspired by… you guessed it, Frankenstein.
I absolutely love themed afternoon teas so the Frankenstein tea service was definitely a treat.
The Morgan Cafe Setting: ★★★☆☆
Tucked along the left side behind the elevator inside The Morgan Library & Museum is The Morgan Cafe where the afternoon tea is served.
It’s in an open setting so it doesn’t feel too intimate or warm but it’s light and airy.
To have just the afternoon tea at the cafe, you don’t need to pay the museum admission. Let them know you’re there for the cafe and they’ll let you in.
But I recommend paying the admission to check out the library, the museum, and the exhibition since they’re all worth a look.
The Morgan Cafe Afternoon Tea Service: ★★★★★
The servers were very courteous and friendly. I never felt rushed and they were able to answer all my questions related to the afternoon tea.
The Morgan Cafe Tea & Tea Selection: ★★★★☆
This one is a little tricky for me since the tea and tea selection aren’t what I’m used to but then again, this isn’t a $65 afternoon tea.
I’m not a fan of tea bags for afternoon tea but at $37 per person for tea, I can’t really complain.
Tea selection comes in the form of a tea box brought over by the server with a number of Harney & Sons teas.
The menu recommends a green tea for the tea service but I went with a black tea blend.
The tea comes out in a cute white teapot with a matching tea cup and saucer.
Once the tea arrived, a two-tiered tray came a few minutes later filled with tasty treats.
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The Morgan Library & Museum Afternoon Tea Savories: ★★★★☆
Frankenstein’s monster was apparently vegetarian so naturally, everything in the tea service is vegetarian.
Let’s go through the savories.
Above, The Intimidator Cucumber tea sandwich. This was my favorite of the tea sandwiches.
Black Tomato tea sandwich had roasted tomatoes nestled inside the greens. Love the look of this one.
Red Pepper and Pistachio Bread. This was a miss for me since I didn’t love the bread.
The Morgan Cafe Afternoon Tea Scones: ★★★★★
I LOVE the scones The Morgan Cafe. They’re the perfect size and two is the perfect portion.
The scones are made with chokeberries (I had to look it up but it’s a real berry) and served with clotted cream and gooseberry preserves.
Before starting the sweets, have a little bowl of wild berry trail mix.
This was a little odd since nuts and dried berries in a bowl are rarely a part of tea service.
The Morgan Cafe Afternoon Tea Sweets: ★★★★★
The sweets course was a definite highlight. Very well thought out and a complete delight.
First, I had the cookies with images of the Frankenstein monster on them.
The neon Green and Black Cakes. You get two per person.
There’s also the Ocular Pop (not pictured) which is a lollipop that looks like an eyeball.
The final and the ultimate are these Marzipan Digits. Look at the freaking details on this beauty.
See the bone peeking out of the thumb? It’s so gross but so so great. This is worth the price of the afternoon tea.
Tastewise, it’s eh since it’s just marzipan but because of it’s striking visual appeal, I had to give it five stars.
The Morgan Cafe Frankenstein Afternoon Tea Overall: ★★★★☆
At $37 per person, it’s a fun and perfectly priced afternoon tea experience.
It’s only available until January 27th, 2019 so make sure you go before it ends!
LOCATION: The Morgan Library & Museum | 225 Madison Avenue | New York, NY 10016 | 212.685.0008
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: 11AM–4PM on weekends, 11AM–3PM on weekdays
COST: $37 per person
//Afternoon tea courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum. All content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always.//