A friend and I met at The Mark Hotel only to find out they no longer serve afternoon tea so we headed over to The Carlyle Hotel, which is just one block over. Thankfully, we were seated right away. I’ve been to The Carlyle a couple of times a few years ago and had enjoyed afternoon tea there.
Afternoon tea is served in a two level lounge that’s primarily used for tea service. It’s a lovely, luxurious setting with plush couches and lush decor.
Friendly service although, being seated at the lower level made it a little difficult to signal the server since they were mostly on the upper level.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★☆☆
Good selection of loose leaf teas from Harney & Sons, although I wish they had white teas and more than two green teas. I got the Japanese Sencha and it was good.
Really, Carlyle? You’re going to serve THESE sad, sorry sandwiches when you’re charging $48 for afternoon tea?? I was VERY disappointed with their tea sandwiches. It’s the type of sandwich you would put together for a six-year-old as an after school snack. A six-year-old you don’t like. They were completely uninspired, plain and bland. After a few bites of a couple of sandwiches, I gave up on them and moved onto the scones.
Scones were better and they were served with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves.
The sweets were just ok. A lot of tarts.
I can’t get past the tea sandwiches. Pitiful.
LOCATION: The Gallery at The Carlyle | 35 East 76th Street | New York, NY 10021 | 212.744.1600
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily from 3:00 – 5:30