The most ravishing afternoon tea service in New York can currently be found amid the sparkling crystal and plush, elegant furniture of the Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel. Elegant and elevated while still remaining eminently comfortable, the experience is best enjoyed over a leisurely few hours. The tea services are all named for historical figures with a connection to the Baccarat brand. The Prince of Wales service ($90) provides a classic English tea complete with delectable savory bites (maine lobster salad, roasted butternut squash) alongside delightful sweet confections (warm homemade scones, honey lavender cake). For those looking to splurge, the Sultan Abdülaziz turkish tea for two ($300) makes for a relaxed but showy afternoon. Savory selections include creamy Labneh perfectly paired with salty 28g Kaluga Caviar, and hearty merguez lamb surrounded by crackling, crispy rice. The true show-stopper, appropriately enough, is the Dunes du Sahara tea, a light-as-air minty blend that’s served, no joke, from the mouth of a delightful metal camel.
Afternoon tea in NYC is for those who fancy a scone or crumpet alongside a piping hot kettle of tea as a midday pick-me-up. It may be old hat to chase the yawns away with iced coffee and hot java at the best coffee shops in NYC, but the luxury of tea o’clock serves the same function while making you feel like the Queen of England herself. From hotel restaurants to proper teahouses, here’s where to go for the best afternoon tea NYC’s got to offer.
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