I am a huge fan of Salvador Dali. When The Dali Musuem opened in St. Petersburg Florida, my family bought a yearly pass and we went multiple times in the first year that it opened. The museum is home to the largest collection of Dali’s artwork outside of Spain, and the building itself is a pretty cool work of architecture as well.
Fast forward to moving back to New York and when I saw The St. Regis New York had a Dali themed afternoon tea, I had to go. You may be wondering, why Dali? Apparently he was a resident of the hotel in the winters in the late 1930s. He hosted guests and art patrons at the hotel, including at the King Cole Bar, where you can have a drink at the hotel today.
Each of the items on the menu are a tribute to his works of art and Spanish heritage and I had the opportunity to try it with my friend Jee of Oh, How Civilized.
The St. Regis New York is located on Fifth Avenue – famous for shopping and home to many New York City icons. The hotel is also just four streets away from Central Park and five from Rockefeller Center. It’s really the perfect location for a visitor looking to hit all the main attractions.
The Astor Court sits under a ceiling decorated with chandeliers and a painting of the sky. I had a seat by the window, great for people watching and lighting. On a weekday, the Astor Court does get a bit busy with tourists and business meetings occurring over lunch or a drink.
The St. Regis New York serves a selection of teas from Palais des Thés. I went with what I usually get at an afternoon tea, earl grey. Their Thé des Lords Earl Grey is sprinkled with safflower petals and boasts an intense bergamot flavor.
Each of the food items had a relation to either Dali’s Spanish heritage or one of his paintings.
The Savory – (five varieties per person)
A selection of tea sandwiches including mango and lobster salad, manchego and almond butter, basque pate, duck prosciutto and fig mostarda and smoked salmon mousse served in a tomato flavor scone.
The Scones (two per person)
One raisin and one traditional scone per person were served warm.
Scones came with a generous portion of Devonshire cream, fruit preserves and lemon curd.
The Sweet – (five varieties per person)
On the menu were a ganache and raspberry tartelette, madagascar vanilla profiterole, lemon poppy meadeleine, dulce de leche cupcake and the main attraction – a chocolate replica of Dali’s famous The Persistence of Memory Painting and milk chocolate pain brushes.
The unique presentation was the best part of the afternoon tea! Instead of a three-tiered stand, all food came out on an artist’s palette shaped plate.
Staff were attentive and courteous. No complaints.
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The Dali Tea is a temporary menu at The St. Regis New York and one worth coming for if you’re a Dali fan. My favorite part of the whole experience was the fact that each item had a story behind it and the Persistence of Memory chocolate painting is hard to beat.
Cost: $85 per person for Dali Afternoon Tea
Tea Time: 3-5 pm at Astor Court at The St. Regis New York
2 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022