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woofer Nov 4, 2009 06:31 AM

which upscale hotel has the best afternoon tea. i want to take my mother in law. we are staying at the essex house and they offer one.


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    chachalicious Feb 27, 2010 08:19 AM

    I enjoyed a lovely view of CP on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental lounge and enjoyed a delicious tea with traditional sandwiches, scones with devon cream & homemade marmalade, and a variety of sweets. A big pot of tea and a comfy chair and I was in heaven. I plan to take my sis-in-law there the next time she's in town.

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    1. re: chachalicious
      bearmi Feb 27, 2010 01:53 PM

      Ah.. I was going to ask about the Mandarin Oriental lounge. I am glad you have posted. Do you remember how much it is per person? Also, is there a need for reservation? Thanks!

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        pork_buns Feb 27, 2010 03:04 PM

        I'd also love to know the price, including tip, if you wouldn't mind. It sounds scrumptious.

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          Jane A. Feb 27, 2010 08:04 PM

          The online listing is $38 pp. + tax 'n' tip.

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      3crazydogs Feb 16, 2010 08:37 AM

      Stayed at The Plaza this weekend and can confirm that they offer it and it looked great.

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        dpastor Feb 1, 2010 03:08 PM

        Lady Mendl's is delightful. You won't be able to eat dinner afterwards because there is so much great food. And the servers are very knowledgable. Lowell Hotel used to be good. The Pierre, which used to have a great tea, is now a terrible tea to be avoided. And a rip-off. I was very disappointed.

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          ljeanne Nov 4, 2009 10:49 AM

          Lady Mendl's Tea Salon at the Inn at Irving Place does a nice job with their five course afternoon tea. It has a bit of an early 19th century atmosphere & makes you feel as though you've gone back in time.

          1. sadie Nov 4, 2009 10:42 AM

            Another wonderful option is Lady Mendl's Tea Room at the Inn at Irving Place - you have to reserve, and it's elegant and lovely! Very feminine - I wouldn't necessarily suggest for a mixed group! But for ladies? Wonderful and special. http://www.innatirving.com/default.as...

            1. smokeandapancake Nov 4, 2009 09:37 AM

              the ritz! cupcake tea!

              There is also a HOLIDAY tea

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                woofer Nov 4, 2009 09:57 AM

                that looks very cute but i think she will enjoy something a little more traditional. i'm thinking the pierre or the st. regis.

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                taboo Nov 4, 2009 07:08 AM

                Check with the Plaza to see if they still do this...it is great. Also, the four seasons hotel and maybe the Peninsula. All in your area.

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                  twiggles Nov 4, 2009 07:33 AM

                  I've done this at the St. Regis, and it was lovely. the quality of the food and the tea was very good.

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                    ChefJune Nov 4, 2009 10:33 AM

                    Ditto for the St. Regis. and there was live music. ;)

                  2. re: taboo
                    bronwen Nov 4, 2009 07:37 AM

                    There doesn't seem to be anything going on in the Plaza's Palm Court at the moment, they're waiting for a new chef.

                    Palm Court
                    768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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