The St. Regis New York has been under my radar for a while. I’ve walked past it a ton of times and knew they served afternoon tea.
So in celebration of a milestone, I chose to have afternoon tea there with my whole family. It was a good choice and one afternoon tea experience we can all recommend.
The St. Regis New York is located on Fifth Avenue, in one of the most prestigious locations in New York. It’s a couple minutes walk away from Central Park, lots of shopping and subway stations that can take you to anywhere around the city.
It’s also neighbors to another luxury hotel, The Peninsula (where you can also have afternoon tea).
Afternoon tea at The St. Regis New York is served at Astor Court. When I first walked in, I kept admiring the beautiful painting on the ceiling. There’s great natural light from the windows and also many chandeliers coming from the painted sky.
There’s also a live harpist who played during afternoon tea time.
You can also have a seat by the window too for a view of the street, but you won’t be able to admire the ceiling.
White, green, oolong, herbal infusions and black teas are on the menu. For something special which you can only get at a St. Regis hotel, try St. Regis Blend “Keemun and Ceylon teas perfumed with blackcurrant and the essence of bergamot”. It’s blended just for the hotel by Tealeaves.
I choose a lavender earl grey. Since I knew Teleaves supplies the St. Regis’ teas, I wanted to try their lavender earl grey “strong and spicy top notes with an uplifting aroma and sweet finish” so I could see if I liked it before choosing to purchase it from their site.
There are three options for afternoon tea at The St. Regis New York. The St. Regis Tea package includes savories, scones and sweets. The Champagne Tea includes everything in the St. Regis Tea along with a glass of champagne.
And the third, Caviar Tea for Two is a $600 package of two St. Regis Tea servings including two glasses of champagne and 1.75 ounces of Osetra caviar. This review shows the St. Regis Tea package.
The Savory – (five varieties per person)
Five tea sandwiches included a Maine lobster roll topped with caviar on a brioche roll (my favorite!), Scottish smoked salmon, lemon dill butter on pumpernickel, English cucumber, minted cream cheese on brioche, egg salad, micro watercress on multi grain and curry chicken pate, savora mustard and cornichon.
The Scone – (two scones per person)
One raisin and one plain scone were served warm. Along with “double Devonshire cream”, lemon curd and seasonal fruit preserves.
And was served with generous amounts of Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves.
The Sweet – (four varieties per person)
Assorted tea pastries included a strawberry tartelette with cremem patisserie and fresh strawberries, dark chocolate mousse with 64% manjari valrhona chocolate (dark chocolate), pistachio financier with cherry gel and Sicilian pistachio and assorted french macarons (ours were pistachio).
Let’s talk about that chocolate mousse. There was what looked like a decor of chocolate on the side. But I later realized… it’s actually supposed to be a spoon!
I don’t know if it was meant to be a decoration or a spoon…
…but I used it as a spoon! And ate it after too.
The tea sandwiches arrived first on a clean white rectangular plate. Individual plates, tea pots and cups were also a plain white.
Meanwhile the sweets and scones arrived on a classic three tiered afternoon tea tray. Those plates were made by Tiffany & Co. exclusively for the hotel.
Staff were friendly, took time to explain everything that was served, poured tea for us and made sure we always had hot water replenished.
Our server worked at the hotel for over 20 years! And we later found out he was from Argentina, which led to an extensive discussion of the country (my family and I spent a month there). Somehow the conversation led to us having a taste of an Argentinian wine and more pastries…
Complimentary WiFi is available at Astor Court. Connect to the lobby WiFi and accept the terms and conditions before using.
Social Media Aspect
The St. Regis New York is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They frequently post on each platform and replied to my posts. They even replied to one that I didn’t even tag them in on Twitter.
I really, really enjoyed this afternoon tea experience. I feel like what makes an afternoon tea experience great is if the atmosphere, food and service all live up to your expectation.
The beautiful ceiling, live music and quality food made having afternoon tea at The St. Regis New York one of the top ones I’ve had in New York.
Cost: $65 per person for St. Regis Tea (in this review)
Tea Time: Daily 3 – 5 pm at Astor Court at The St. Regis New York
The St. Regis New York
2 E 55th St.
New York, New York 10022