New York City is famous for many things – iconic landmarks, Broadway shows, The Yankees (sorry Mets fans), a lavish nightlife scene, and of course, the amazing spread of mouthwatering restaurants dotted along every corner of the Big Apple. With many dining spots to choose from, only a few can master the art of Afternoon Tea.
I was first introduced to the concept of Afternoon Tea in South Africa. Like most, I expected to be bored for 2 hours sampling an assortment of tea – vanilla, orange, chai and the likes. However, I experienced just the opposite – a spread of warm scones, tasty (and plentiful) mini sandwiches, a variety of cream and jams, and a glass of champagne to wash it all down. After a glutinous pursuit of afternoon tea abroad (Maldives, Dubai, Buenos Aires, and London), I finally decided to give it a try in my hometown of NYC. The Mandarin Oriental was a great place to start.
The Lobby Lounge, located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, offers the perfect setting for those wishing to indulge in delicious treats in a classic atmosphere inspired by contemporary elegance and breathtaking views. I was quickly impressed by the superior guest service (minus one staff member) and the spacious lounge area – very open, but still private.
The panoramic views of Central Park and Columbus Circle will be the one thing that draws you back for repeat visits. Make your reservations for the start of afternoon tea (2:30 PM) and request a window seat!
THE DINING SCENE
Open space concept, but still intimate!
THE ART OF MANDARIN ORIENTAL’S AFTERNOON TEA
Daily Menu – Freshly baked ginger scones served w/ a selection of homemade jam, orange marmalade and Devonshire cream.
Tea Sandwiches – Catskill Smoked Salmon, Esbenshade Farms Egg Salad, Green Market Vegetable & Goat Cheese, Satur Farm Radishes.
Tea Pastries – Coconut Green Tea Tartlette, Chai-Chocolate Macaroon, Mango Raspberry tart, Almond Blueberry Tart, Egg Custard filled Chocolate Éclair, Chocolate Marquise
$48 per person including a selection of tea (no coffee included). Supplement with a glass of champagne or a speciality cocktail (i.e. Mimosa) from $60 -$80. View full menu here.
The stunning views, plush couches, and warm ginger scones will guarantee my return very soon. Experience afternoon tea with the Mandarin the next time you’re in New York City.