1. Maison Boulud (Ritz Carlton)
Opened in 1912, the venerable hotel Ritz Carlton is home to a longstanding afternoon tea service that sets a high-water mark for luxury in town. Restaurant Maison Boulud runs the service daily at 12:30pm and 3:30pm in the ultra-posh Palm court, and while services start as low at $36, you can easily splurge to the point of making it an extra special occasion. A range of black, white, green and herbal teas are on offer alongside elegant homemade canapes, pastries and scones. And for truly special occasions, a thé royal includes the regular full tea service with a flute of champagne to cap it all off.