Quatrième at The Fourth

UPDATE: The Quatrième at The Fourth has closed.

I recently discovered that The Fourth, a restaurant inside the Hyatt Union Square, had afternoon tea on the menu so I met up with Georgia to give it a try.

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The Fourth is by the same people who run 15 East (my go-to place for sushi), and Tocqueville (see my lunch visit) so I was looking forward to it.

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SETTING: ★★★☆☆
Afternoon tea is served in their cafe space, Quatrième, in front of the restaurant. There are about 10 tables with banquette seating on each side of the cafe. (I love banquettes.) The cafe area is right next to the French doors so there’s tons of light. The tables and red chairs give off a bit of an airport lounge vibe though.

SERVICE: ★★★☆☆
Very friendly. I appreciated their effort even thoigh it was a little uneven since we were the first to ever order the afternoon tea and they were unsure what was to be served.

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TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★☆☆
Small and limited. A basic set of eight teas in total with just one green tea, a sencha. Tea is from Harney & Sons and served loose leaf in paper filters. I got the Earl Grey, which was very good.

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We got an assortment of sweet and savories. Three items in total, which are all laid out and sold individually at the front of the bar.

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SAVORIES: ★★★★☆
Just one small sandwich, which we got to choose from a selection of four: Burrata & Tomato, Mortadella, Japanese Omelette & Vegetable, and Smoked Salmon & Tomato. I went with the Burrata & Tomato and it was quite tasty.

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SCONES:Not Applicable. No scones were served.

MUFFINS: ★★★☆☆
Instead of scones, we got a muffin each. Mine was a blueberry. We asked for jam, butter or clotted cream to slather on our muffins and we got all three. Georgia got the gluten & dairy free banana pecan muffin which was very good; moist and flavorful. That was a hit with both of us.

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SWEETS: ★★☆☆☆
One fluffy piece of Cinnamon Sugar Bomboloni. As you can see, it’s about the same size as the sandwich. It was ok; nothing memorable.

OVERALL: ★☆☆
This afternoon tea is along the lines of other afternoon teas under $20, in that it’s more of a light lunch (in three courses), than a traditional afternoon tea. For just $14, it’s a bargain.

INFO: Quatrième at The Fourth | 132 Fourth Avenue btw 12th & 13th St. | New York, NY 10003 | 212.432.1324
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 7AM – 4PM
COST: $14

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