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As a London based hotel company, you’d expect Firmdale Hotels’ Crosby Street Hotel to serve afternoon tea.
And they do. At Crosby Bar at Crosby Street Hotel, expect to find afternoon tea and Kit Kemp’s beautiful interior design.
The Crosby Street Hotel is located on a cobble stoned street in Soho, Manhattan called… Crosby Street! There are a ton of restaurants, shops and boutiques around the area and easy access to subways to access the rest of the city.
Right upon entering the Crosby Street Hotel, to the left is the Crosby Bar, where afternoon tea is served. The Crosby Bar is open all day from 7 am to 1 am, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, afternoon tea, cocktails and snacks. If you stay at the hotel, you pretty much don’t have to ever leave.
There’s a variety of seating arrangements inside the Crosby Bar, including a bar counter, outdoor seating for a nice day, some large round tables and tables for two scattered against the wall and in the middle of the room. During my visit on a Friday afternoon, there most tables in the center of the room were full. My table was the only table having afternoon tea.
Just like Firmdale Hotels’ other property in New York, The Whitby, an afternoon tea package comes with one of three options of tea: Bespoke English Breakfast Blend (made exclusively for Firmdale Hotels), earl grey and chamomile. For a supplement, you can choose from a selection of other teas.
Two afternoon tea packages are available at Crosby Street Hotel: traditional afternoon tea (in this review) and a gluten free afternoon tea.
The Savory – (four varieties per person)
A cucumber sandwich with sweet butter and dill, minted pea mash with English cheddar on a toasted sourdough crostini, smoked salmon crostini with capers and red onions and a steak and Stilton pie.
Interestingly, each item had lots of flavor with some sort of unnamed spices.
The Scone – (two scones per person)
One plain and one fruit scone came with a clotted cream and two flavors of preserves.
The Sweet – (four varieties per person)
Peach cornmeal tartlet, milk chocolate raspberry torte, coconut passion fruit opera cake and a classic hummingbird cake. The items were a little too sweet for my liking.
Both Firmdale Hotels use the beautiful Kit Kemp designed Wedgwood collection called Mythical Creatures, which you can actually use at home too.
Service was relatively fast. When the food arrived, the server explained each item.
WiFi is available for guests of the Crosby Street Hotel, but if you ask, they can give you a code to use.
Social Media Aspect
The Crosby Street Hotel isn’t on any social media platform, but Firmdale Hotels is active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Since I’d been to The Whitby Hotel prior to having tea at the Crosby Street Hotel, I could compare and contrast their afternoon teas. After having been to The Whitby, things just felt older at the Crosby Street Hotel. The food didn’t really impress but would’ve been fine to satisfy an afternoon tea craving.
Cost: $48 for one Traditional Afternoon Tea
Tea Time: Daily at the Crosby Bar at the Crosby Street Hotel
79 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012