For a special event or even just an ordinary Saturday afternoon, a reservation for tea at The Palm Court means taking the most pleasure in some of the finest moments New York has to offer. Although not inexpensive, The Palm Court exudes a perfectly cultivated, sophisticated air that would bewitch anyone.
Afternoon tea at The Palm Court reminds me why I work. When I sit in a rich, green velvet seat in formalwear and listen to my silverware clink against the china tea cup and watch tourists sneak pictures of the high maintenance space and its guests, I remember that one of the perks of employment is being able to treat myself to such an indulgent, luxurious, and restful afternoon.
Geoffrey Zakarian's new menu is ever so updated and just as opulent as ever, with the New Yorker Tea menu still holding the top spot. From the bite-sized lox on a bagel with cream cheese, house cured pickles, and alfalfa sprouts, to the New York style cheesecake slice and the silver leaf speckled pistachio macaron, the food is everything you would expect from a Manhattan institution as storied as The Plaza. Beauty and elegance aside, the international staff is more than happy to let you spend a few long hours sipping your tea (the Rooibos Des Vahines red tea is highly recommended, with a nutty, almond flavor that perfectly complements the pastries) and relishing an exquisitely New York experience.