Classic with Quirk: Farewell Dining with Friends
One of my dearest friends is leaving NYC and we want to surprise this No-Longer-New-Yorker with a Very Special Day. The plan includes stopping for an afternoon snack and going to dinner after enjoying drinks in a very interesting atmosphere (Our day needn't be fancy but has to be "Special", with an emphasis on ambiance that I am not used to.)
For the afternoon portion I'd imagined something along the lines of high tea; the only issue, every tea place seems to leave something to be desired.
The Russian Tea Room while a stunning setting, sounds awful when it comes to food.
The Palm Court is closed.
The St. Regis seems a bit boring in design.
I need somewhere that has CHARACTER as well as killer scones. Is BG interesting? Are there other Grand Dame hotels that I'm skipping? Any out of manhattan faves? Maybe Harlem Tea Room?
I could care less if the place is threadbare (in fact I might like it to be) just as long as it has flair and yummy food.
As for dinner I think we'll end up at something like Momofuku, Elettaria, perhaps even Huckleberry bar to nibble but might stop for drinks at the Russian Vodka Room, are there any other bars or scenes like the RVR?
Kind of old fashioned and falling apart, like if Rumplemeyer's was still around and they served Booze.