|The classics, dahling: Earl Grey Tea and a Currant Scone|
(I'm typing this with a British accent. In fact, I recommend
reading this entire story with a British accent).
|The fabulously elegant Palm Court|
But where to start? So many choices, so little time. I decided to begin at one of my favorite hotels in the city, the classic and gorgeous Plaza Hotel. And luckily, my fabulous friend Sylvia was in town to join me.
Set across from beautiful Central Park, The Plaza offers gorgeous scenery both inside and outside its grounds.
Palm Court, where high tea is offered on weekend afternoons, is an elegant space, complete with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, plush velvet chairs, gilded staircases, and a jungle of palm trees. What a perfect stage for a lovely afternoon tea party.
One of the things I love most about high tea is the high tea stand. Mini sandwiches, scones, muffins, and petit fours are already fun, but arrange them ever so perfectly on cascading china? Behold, The Tower of Goodies.
|This little egg-filled buttery pastry cup could not be more |
adorable (or yummy).
|My all-time favorite little sandwich (I asked for 2!)|
Smoked salmon with a rich cream cheese and dill. Divine.
|A warm welcome to you all, my friends.|
|Well hello little chocolate cake surprise (I'm still not sure|
exactly what this was.)
Thank God they're bite-sized or I would have been at the gym for the rest of the day (of course I tried them all). My favorite dessert was the beautiful little marble sized chocolate button, swirled with beautiful white and red swirls. Almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
Our lovely tea experience was made even more so by the addition of adorable little girls with their mothers, bringing their Eloise dolls, and some even wearing matching Eloise outfits. If you're not sure who Eloise is, she is the star of a children's story of a little girl who lived in the penthouse of The Plaza. In fact, there's a lovely painting of Eloise that hangs on the wall next to Palm Court. It seems to be tradition that when the girls are finished with their tea, they take photos with Eloise and their dolls. Sylvia and I happened to be sitting next to the painting, and witnessed this cute little scene several times during our 3-hour tea. Absolutely adorable!
|Thank you, Eloise, for making our|
tea experience even more enjoyable.
The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue and Central Park South
NY, NY 10019