NYC | Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis

Ready for afternoon tea?

It’s one of my favorite things to do.

We’re at the St. Regis New York and it’s 3pm. The hotel entrance is on 55th Street, but once you step inside, it’s a completely different world.

There’s a harpist that plays in the afternoon (3-5pm, Wed-Sun), and the dining room is always just busy enough.

I’m often surprised by the number of solo-afternoon tea diners…and most of them are male! Who said afternoon tea was a ladies-only thing? Certainly not in NYC.

Drinking Osmanthus Oolong. The tea supplier for St. Regis is a Canadian company called tealeaves and you can find the same oolong online.

Love the details. The honey and sugar, the cream, the lemon presented in two forms. Simply sliced, or halved and tied up all pretty with cheesecloth. All the things that we never think to do for ourselves at home.

Now on to sandwiches!

From top to bottom:
 – Peppered pastrami, horseradish, cornichons, rye
 – Cured salmon, herbed lemon butter, pumpernickel
 – Chopped egg, mustard aioli, kalamata
 – English cucumber, minted dill cream, brioche
 – Roasted chicken, lemon, thyme, sourdough

Instead of doing the putting everything on three tiers (which is the “traditional” way), sandwiches come first on their own dish. They’re removed after you finish, and then the scones/sweets come out on tiers. God forbid you eat cold scones.

Let’s take a closer look at each tier.

Fruit tart on a sablé base and their signature gâteau de voyage. The gâteau is an extra dark chocolate cake-brownie with chocolate glaze and vanilla bean buttercream.

Financiers and raspberries on shortbread (with a matching jam).

Lift the dome and ta-dah. Warm buttermilk scones in plain and currant.

Double Devonshire cream, red fruits preserves, and lemon curd.

A little of everything!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Saima – thanks for stopping by! Yes, you can definitely take home the sweets, don't be shy to ask! There's no sense in letting go things go to waste :)

    August 30, 2012

    such a nice place!those scones look so tasty!<3

  • Tracy
    August 31, 2012

    Does one really eat sandwiches with fork and knife?

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 31, 2012

    Hi Tracy, I just use my fingers (they're so dainty :) but I've definitely seen people doing the fork+knife with tea sandwiches.

  • Tracy
    September 1, 2012

    One thanks you for your kind and informative answer. :)

  • Saima
    September 11, 2012

    Hi, I came to your blog via seriouseats. It seems impossible to eat all of the food during the tea, can you take some home, have you done that?

  • anonymous
    February 7, 2013

    It never fails. I always want a leisurely afternoon of this kind after reading your blog. i am only now starting to enjoy teas. this looks wonderful. thanks for sharing!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 10, 2013

    Thanks, Monique ^_^ Happy to inspire you for some relaxation and tea time!

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