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Tea at the Plaza

DFD Mar 9, 2008 07:31 PM

Has anyone had the tea menu at the Plaza? I'm taking my 16 yr old daughter to New York and thought she might enjoy it--especially since it's "the Plaza." I'm also thinking of taking her to Eleven Madison Park for lunch. She loves good food as much as I do. Hard Rock Cafe is not her thing. Any thoughts?

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    maharani RE: DFD Mar 10, 2008 08:33 PM

    My mother and I have had a tradition of tea at the Plaza every time she comes to NY. It's not that the tea or pastries are the absolute best you've ever had; what you're really there (and paying) for is the impeccable service, luxurious surroundings, and occasional celebrity sighting. I haven't been back since the hotel re-opened after renovations, but I'm sure it's as sumptuous as ever.

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      trinyc RE: maharani Mar 13, 2008 11:32 AM

      does anyone know what the "new" prices for tea at the plaza are?

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        MMRuth RE: trinyc Mar 13, 2008 11:37 AM

        Just called:

        Regular $60
        VIP Upgrade $100 - get champagne, caviar, etc.
        Eloise $32 (not limited to children)

        Didn't inquire further - but the number is here - http://www.fairmont.com/theplaza/Gues...

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          trinyc RE: MMRuth Mar 13, 2008 12:02 PM

          awesome, thanks. Assume prices are pp?

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            MMRuth RE: trinyc Mar 13, 2008 12:03 PM

            I believe so. Sure is pricy - I'd be curious about the Eloise.

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              trinyc RE: MMRuth Mar 13, 2008 12:20 PM

              Ok I just called and was told that the Eloise is limited to children, and it includes everything in the Regular (tea of course, chouce of sandwiches, breads, scones, seasonal berries & pastry)

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                MMRuth RE: trinyc Mar 13, 2008 12:26 PM

                I'm glad you called - when the person on the phone mentioned the Eloise, I specifically asked if it was limited to children, and she said, "No, anyone can get it." But the answer you got makes a lot more sense to me.

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      DFD RE: DFD Apr 8, 2008 06:59 PM

      Just got back from NY and Tea at the Plaza. It was the highlight of my daughter's trip (second to River Cafe). Tea, without champagne is $60--with champagne is $80. The tea itself was the best tea I've ever had--apple spice. Started with tea sandwiches, then scones, then a large dish of blueberries, strawberries and blackberries--with fresh cream, then desert. Truly wonderful. My daughter is 16 and she loved every minute of it.

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        ElkRiverRancher RE: DFD Jul 31, 2009 02:07 PM

        Just Googled to see if Tea at the Plaza was as I remembered it, from the Holiday season of 1998 ... sigh. At that time, in the Palm Court, you could have either the 'prix fixe' tea, or you could order À la carte . The À la carte selection was excellent, and a remarkable value. A 'ploughman's lunch' of cheeses and breads was very well received by my guest, a vegetarian. I had a more traditional selection of tea sandwiches, but not from the prix fixe. We selected our teas (I'm partial to Earl Grey), and we also had sweets. The À la carte lunch did not cost as much as just grabbing a sandwich and a soda at the Carnegie Deli, and of course the surroundings added a priceless pleasure - plus, for the holidays, they had a string quartet playing carols. We were mid-week, and there was only a brief wait for a table. How sad am I to read that now, (and not even opened, yet, as renovations continue ...), it seems the Palm Court is not offering À la carte. Frankly, I think $60 pp for tea is absurd. I think I barely paid $30 for the two of us - which left me able to leave a very generous tip, what with it being the holidays. I realise there is a difference in dollar values, from '98 to 2009 - but honestly, $120 plus perhaps a tip of 20%, for tea, is prohibitively expensive, imho.

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