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Indulge and Relax at The Plaza Hotel’s High Tea in New York City

Indulge and Relax at The Plaza Hotel’s High Tea in New York City

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The original Tea Room at The Plaza Hotel opened in 1907. Today, the Palm Court still houses huge luxurious palm trees, a French Renaissance-style interior that includes a spectacular stained glass dome, and traditional afternoon tea service.

Chef/restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian and architect Thierry Despant renovated the menus and space in late 2014. A large, oval trellised bar anchors the room with comfortable booths and free-standing tables around it, serviced by tuxedo-clad waiters.

Diners can choose from 25 loose-leaf teas and a variety of custom alcoholic and virgin cocktails. The New Yorker Tea includes a mini bagel with lox, pickled cucumber, cream cheese, house cured pickles, and alfalfa sprouts; a deviled organic egg salad sandwich with dill pickle relish on white bread; an English cucumber, pickled red onion, and cream cheese sandwich on rye bread; a roasted chicken salad sandwich with date yogurt dressing on whole wheat; a turkey and apricot chutney sandwich with grain mustard on whole wheat bread; and a prosciutto, Gruyere cheese, and Dijon mustard sandwich on Ficelle baguette.

The Champagne Tea includes a thyme roasted prime rib sandwich with horseradish aioli and arugula on an onion roll; Peekytoe crab and green apple salad sandwich with cucumber, black truffle oil, and grain mustard aioli piled on pretzel crostini; a foie gras torchon sandwich with sweet and sour shallots, cracked hazelnuts, and fig jam on toasted brioche; a sandwich of Hudson Valley smoked salmon with smoked salmon mousse, pickled mustard seeds, and pressed cucumber; a lobster roll with diakon sprouts on a buttered brioche roll; and one of confit of potato, crème fraîche, and caviar.

Both options include fresh warm seasonal scones with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and preserves, as well as a selection of sweets including a black and white éclair, fruit tart, white chocolate cherry dome, New York-style cheesecake, pistachio macaroon, mint chocolate ganache, and a lemon meringue tart.

Children can enjoy the Eloise Tea with peanut butter and jelly, turkey, cucumber, and ham sandwiches, herbal teas, sweets, and scones.

The New Yorker and Champagne Teas $65 to $105 per person, while the Eloise Tea $39 per child and $55 per adult.

Tea Sales Spike in New York City—Thanks to Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is used to packing concert halls and stadiums, but now she’s filling a new kind of space: tea rooms.

This New Year’s Eve, Carey attempted to redeem herself from a technical snafu that ruined her televised performance the previous year. As she took the Times Square stage in freezing temperatures, she told the crowd that she “was told there would be tea,” but, alas, there was no hot tea to be found on the stage. She soldiered on, and after a performance that silenced the haters, the world waited on baited breath to see if the “Honey” and “Sweetheart” songstress would find that elusive cuppa. Find it she did, posting a picture of herself sipping tea on Instagram with the caption, “Found my tea!”

New Yorkers took a collective sigh of relief, and then, apparently, dashed out to get their own tea.

The New York Post reports that the city that never sleeps is experiencing a tea surge, dubbed the “Mariah Carey effect.”

The Whitby Hotel, the Peninsula Hotel, the Plaza, and the Taj Hotel in New York City have all recorded increases in patrons ordering tea service.

While the record low temperatures in New York are likely a big contributor in the rising high tea bookings, Carey put drinking tea on the minds of millions of New Yorkers at the start of the year, and her influence is not to be discounted.

For those thirsty for tea in other cities, here’s a list of high tea services that we dare say would be Mariah-approved:


Thursdays and Saturdays @ 1pm

Enjoy “tea by the sea” at the world-famous Getty Villa. The Mediterranean menu features the produce grown at the Villa’s recreated first century Roman gardens. Served in the beautiful Founder’s Room, come here to enjoy tea and baked goods in an iconic setting.

2:30 pm, 4:30 pm (Mon – Sat) | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Sun)

Treat yourself to sweet and savory snacks and teas of all varieties at the Peninsula. Teas include black Mandarin rose petal tea from China, genmaicha from Japan, and orchid oolong from Taiwan. Bites to look forward to include: wild mushroom quiche, chocolate citrus lollipop, and homemade scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, and raspberry jam.

Thursday-Sunday, 12pm and 2pm

Refresh with Grand Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore, or bring your child to one of the Biltmore’s child-friendly, themed teas: Gingerbread Tea, Mad Hatter Tea, Princess Tea, or Ooh La La Tea.


Relax with a cuppa and a plethora of sweet and savory bites at The Rittenhouse’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room. Teas include: Floral Jasmine Green, Organic Peppermint, and the Rittenhouse Blend which features Ceylon bergamot, rose petals, cardamom, and borage. Sweets include a pistachio cheesecake and almond and poached pear cake. Savory delights include scones and radish served with edamame hummus.

If you’d rather stay at home than dress up and shell out for a fancy afternoon tea, you can still exhibit the Mariah Carey effect by drinking out of a mug bearing the phrase “I was told there would be tea,” now for sale on Carey’s website.

Hotel Review: The Plaza, New York

What can be said about The Plaza Hotel, arguably Manhattan’s most famous luxury hotel that has not been said before? A paramount landmark of New York City, The Plaza has been around since 1907, and has been the residence of choice for traveling kings, presidents, ambassadors, celebrities, and business executives for over a century. It has appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and books and is listed on the Register of Historic Places. It is also the only New York City hotel to be designated a National Historic Landmark. It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” The Plaza is not only a place to stay when you visit the city it is the place to see as well.

The Plaza has seen many ownership changes over the years and is currently co-owned by a Saudi Arabia based corporation. Canadian luxury hotel group Fairmont has managed the hotel since 1999. In addition to The Plaza, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts also owns or manages many landmark hotels around the world among them The Savoy in London, Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City.

Before Our Visit

We were fortunate to stay at The Plaza for ten days for a birthday celebration (mine!). We have visited NYC numerous times before but never stayed at The Plaza. We were familiar with Fairmont-owned Hotels though, having stayed at many of their properties in Canada and the Caribbean over the years.

When we made our reservations on the phone, we were informed that despite my husband’s “Platinum” status of Fairmont Presidents Club (their loyalty program) – which supposedly entitled us to a complimentary night of stay – we could not redeem the offer at The Plaza. What a disappointment! Nonetheless we went ahead with our booking. After all, a lady’s birthday is the perfect excuse for a bit of an indulgence!

Our Suite

We stayed at an “Edwardian 5th Avenue Suite” – a spacious, 1,000 square foot one bedroom suite complete with a large bathroom, a powder room and a Butler’s pantry. Complimentary 24-hour Butler services are offered to Suite guests, for assistance with everything from unpacking and packing luggage to bath preparation. As expected, the suite is exquisitely furnished “in the richly decorative style of Louis XV” (in the hotel’s own words) – promptly reflecting a $450 million, three-year, lobby to roof restoration which has given new life to the historic building.

The luxury furnishing is tastefully done. Marbles, gold accents, and velvety fabrics interweave seamlessly to create a sumptuous yet soothing atmosphere, allowing guests to relax instantly upon entering the room. In fact, our son fell into sleep on the large king size bed while we were still settling in!

Our suite was very cozy and comfortable and a pleasure to stay at. The suite was very quiet and has all of the modern amenities one could ask for: high tech in-room control tablet, two large LCD TVs, and Wi-Fi. We admired the Beaux-Arts inspired decor of our Suite, and the spacious living and sleeping rooms, which are large by NYC standards. The luxuriously appointed bathroom, which features French doors, is very roomy and a joy to use and houses a huge, oversized bathtub (which we would soon discover took a long time to fill up due to its size). The bed was very comfortable and provided wonderful support to our tired bodies at night.

Our “Edwardian 5th Avenue Suite”, as its name suggests, has its windows facing towards Fifth Avenue. Thanks to a rather high 18th floor vantage point and relatively unobstructed view, we could see quite far from both our living room and bedroom. Right across 5th Avenue was the Apple Store and further down on 57th Street was the Four Seasons Hotel, where we would dine for my birthday dinner at Joel Robuchon’s renowned “L’Atelier” restaurant (which, by the way, was excellent and super kid-friendly).

A Fabulous Address

Simply put, there is no better address in NYC than The Plaza’s. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South corner, you will not find a more convenient location for sightseeing, shopping, fine dining, watching a Broadway show, or exploring the endless attractions and activities offered in the city.

As a family traveling with a young kid, we found The Plaza’s central location hard to beat. Central Park is literally right around the corner, as are the Apple Store and the world famous FAO Schwarz Toys – all of which my son adored. The Plaza easily serves as a home base for exploring Lower and Upper Manhattan, not to mention Midtown, either on foot, by cab or public transit or even horse-drawn carriage, which is readily available across the street. And with plenty of dining choices nearby, we didn’t have to worry about our son getting hungry.

One will never be short of dining options in NYC, let alone at The Plaza, which is located in the very heart of Manhattan. In addition to the hotel’s own restaurants which include the famous Oak Room, the nearby Ritz Carlton and St. Regis and their fabulous restaurants provide excellent dining alternatives. The district is also home to some of the world’s most esteemed chefs‘ restaurants. To name just a few: Thomas Keller’s Per Se (and his fantastic Bouchon Bakery, which my husband absolutely adored) at Time Warner Center, Alain Ducasse’s Benoit on 55th street, and Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier at Four Seasons Hotel are all within short walking distance. Of course there are plenty of other options catering to all budgets.

If you ever get tired of walking, the hotel’s Rolls Royce Phantom is always there for you to use. While we liked walking, we did take advantage of the service a few times during our stay. The chauffeur was always friendly and we enjoyed chatting with him on our way to the MOMA, The Lion King show, the Rockefeller Center and many other locations – which were all within close proximity to The Plaza. At The Plaza – you are never far away from anything!

The Palm Court

No stay at The Plaza would ever be considered complete without spending an afternoon at the Palm Court. To many, high tea at the Palm Court is an event and attraction in itself. It is a time-honored tradition, which has enticed generations of New Yorkers and travelers alike, immersing themselves in the Palm Court’s splendid surroundings for a quintessential Manhattan experience.

The Palm Court is located in the center of the lobby level and opens for afternoon tea from 2:00 – 5:00pm daily. A reservation is required. Its glamorous appearance, featuring luminous stained glass lay light, was made possible following a $6.5 million restoration. We had scheduled our reservation for 2:00pm, which was immediately after a full lunch at the nearby Robert restaurant at the Museum of Art and Design (2 Columbus Circle). So while the tea and pastries were all exceptional, our attention was directed rather towards the beautiful decor of the Palm Court itself.

The Palm Court is aesthetically faultless. The restoration has so aptly created a majestic environment for a place of such historical significance. The ambience and service were rather formal but courteous. Our server even offered to take a family photo, which we gladly accepted. Basking in the grandeur and glory of this timeless place, we enjoyed a nice and quiet afternoon tea at the Palm Court.

The Plaza Hospitality

We experienced consistent good service while staying at The Plaza Hotel. Check in was provided by a friendly gentleman at the front desk and was completed smoothly. The Concierge was always prompt and able to secure restaurant reservations for us with short notice. They were also always helpful in answering our inquiries. Butler service was also good. Our Butler helped us on several occasions and his services met our expectations. We also had a pleasant experience with the hotel’s Chauffeur who was always friendly to us and in particular to our little boy.

The hotel made us a little cake on our arrival date, which was accompanied by a personal, handwritten greeting card from the hotel’s manager. Though this is almost to be expected from a hotel of this caliber, a nice gesture is always appreciated.

The Plaza Experience

The Plaza is not the most feature- rich hotel in the world, or the biggest and best in America but it offers way more than all that. The Plaza Hotel, with its incomparable heritage and illustrious history, has long transcended itself to become an integral part of the city, and its developments. The Plaza is a living legend and a destination to visit and experience in person. It has been featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic “The Great Gatsby” as the backdrop in the climax scene. It was the place to stay for the Beatles on their US tour. It even has its own fictional character – a young lady called Eloise – who has become a legend in her own right. In light of its historical significance, hotel amenities and friendly staff, I am glad we spent my birthday at The Plaza.

Contact Information

The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
New York, New York
United States

5 Luxury Hotel Cocktail Bars in Manhattan

TY Bar at Four Seasons Hotel New York

TY Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel New York is a stylish, soaring space designed with art deco inspiration. With a legendary après-work scene, TY Bar is ideal for private conversations or lively, see-and-be-seen socializing. In this Midtown Manhattan bar, you can opt to discover a bespoke cocktail menu or choose from a long list of classics from the 1920s and 30s.

Enjoy a seat near the soaring windows, intimate fireplace or overlooking the Grand Lobby. High-end whiskies and bourbons, including a custom-barrel bourbon made exclusively by Hudson Bourbon for TY Bar, make it an unparalleled New York City bar experience. Highlights include ginger and lemon spiked New Fashioned, kimchee topped Soft Shell Crab Buns and sweet n’ petite Korean Beef Tacos.

Auden Bar at Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park

You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back in time after hopping up on a stool at Auden Bar at Ritz Carlton New York at Central Park. Located on the hotel’s main floor, guests watch seasoned mixologist Norman Bukofzer whip up lovely libations while sitting perched overlooking Star Lounge.

The striking and beautifully appointed lounge features sky-high ceilings, dramatic wine display, plush sofas and pretty paintings which hang on antique wood panelled walls. Bukofzer is the sort of bartender you want to linger around your drink for. The colourful personality has been serving up sweet sips at the Ritz for over 30 years.

What better way to celebrate the city then by watching Bukofzer splash a Manhattan in your glass. The legend free pours with a flick of the wrist and produces a perfect drink where bright red cherry prefers to sink then swim.

Bar Fiori at Langham Place

Hop over to 5th Avenue, spin through the doors at Langham Place and tip toe up the stairs to the hotel’s Michelin-starred Ai Fiori. Meaning “among the flowers” in Italian – the menu here celebrates the French and Italian Riviera, courtesy of Chef de Cuisine Scott Schneider.

Slide over to the white marble topped Bar Fiori and watch as cocktails splash into an endless parade of crystal glass. Highlights include egg white frothed Oro Bianco, crispy arancini, tarragon and lemon scented Lobster Toast and decadent Duck Rillette with crunchy house made pickles.

Palm Court at The Plaza

For over 100 years, The Palm Court has been New York City’s iconic destination for Afternoon Tea. In 2013, The Palm Court was re-launched to include a grand bar, tea by Palais des Thés, and a new and revised menu featuring inspired American fare from morning through evening.

Renowned architect Thierry Despont completely renovated The Palm Court while staying true to its original design intent. Inspired by nearby Central Park and its lush greenery, Despont incorporated potted plants, ceiling-high palm trees, trellis detailing, and custom furnishings with cane accents. The room’s signature feature is a soaring stained-glass dome reminiscent of the original built in 1907.

Lobby Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental

If you’re a sucker for jaw-dropping views look no further than the Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental. The elegant space is the perfect place to enjoy Asian-inspired snacks and knock back a duo of craft cocktails. With a wall of windows greeting guests as soon as the elevator doors open, the Lobby Lounge’s most prominent feature is its stunning panorama of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

Mixing art deco style with modern Oriental touches, the ambience is luxurious yet cozy, making the Lobby Lounge an ideal place to unwind after a busy day in Manhattan. Request window side seating if you can, allowing you to relax the day away while perched over Columbus Circle. Be sure to enjoy a “cheers up here,” via popular Champagne and Chambord swirled Bella Pesca. The pickled jalapeno topped Steamed Pork Buns and dainty Dim Sum Bento hit the spot.

Indulge and Relax at The Plaza Hotel’s High Tea in New York City - Recipes

Went to dinner after the ballet, little late, at about 8:30. The place was about 1/2 full. Nice & quiet but not too quiet. The staff treated us like royalty, pulling the table out so we could sit in the booth without scooting in. The red leather upholstery is truly amazing. Soft & buttery leather. I had roasted Duck w/ wild rice. Exquisite. My companion had Chicken Kiev. They even cut it open for him so he wouldn't get a butter volcano. There is a huge list of drinks, as well as a huge list of different Vodkas. An experience not to be missed. A true icon that is so much a part of NY. (Dress nicely please!)

1,260 - 1,264 of 1,601 reviews

We booked for Christmas dinner, the food was the lowest quality possible. The atmosphere none existent and the service was absent. The food was thrown at you with no consideration given to presentation. The cost for 2 plus a bottle of wine was $290. Don't waste your time or money going here. Not one of the staff even thought to ask had we had a nice time . I don't believe they care in any way. This place is living on a reputation. I would encourage people never to go here. There are many many more great places to go in NYC. I left a comment card with my details also , but not surprisingly no one has called, mailed to check my review. Judging by others comments on here , they simply do car.

This was our first time visiting this restaurant. We were curious since my wife is Ukrainian. The service was excellent and waiter was very attentive. The food was very good, and it got my wife's approval as something her mother would make! Prices are high but I would recommend this restaurant

Not very Russian to me.
While walking, we saw the banner for the Russian Tea Room on a building. Since my family missed the food from home, we decided to give it a try. Wrong! We should have checked the reviews before going. There is nothing Russian in their food. May be just the name. Very vague interpretation of the recipes. However, their lamb shank was very yummy and good. Beef stroganoff is actually short ribs, tasted good though. Overpriced. A glass of Chateau St Michelle Riesling for $14.
Interior is interesting, but had seen a better time. While in the restaraunt got a very bad case of dust allergy. The booth we had was right across from the bar. As it was mentioned before, the waiter actually had to pull out a table to let us sit and get out. Not very convenient. Ask for something else.
Next time in NYC will try another place.

Everything once. Indulge yourself, very pricey. Noisy. We went for Sunday brunch. No room to breathe. Reservations a must. But be prepared for attentive service, good quality food and most of all a big bill. All in all a worthy experience, ONCE.

10 Must-Try Afternoon Tea & Hightea Buffets In Singapore, Some With 1-For-1 Dining Deals

The idea of an Afternoon Tea is typically consists of a meal or stand of sandwiches, finger food, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes.

I must say that the hotels in Singapore are becoming more creative, with varied offerings from Laksa Quiche, Lobster Croissant, Lobster Thermidor (yes, the entire piece), Unagi Sandwich, Green Tea Tiramisu, Lavender Swiss Roll, to Ondeh-Ondeh Macarons.

If this is already whetting your appetite, good to know that there are several restaurants are offering all-you-can-eat buffet high tea concepts.

Time to gather your squad. Here are some of the 10 Must-Try Afternoon Tea Places in Singapore, all of them with attractive dining promotions, some made even better with 1-for-1 offers.

Atrium Bar, Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595
Tel: +65 6826 8240
High Tea Buffet Timings: 2:30pm – 5:30pm (Sat – Sun)

Atrium’s popular Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet is upgraded with interesting twists to the classics. Get unlimited servings of English and Peranakan weekend high tea delights on Atrium’s 44-metre bar

You won’t help but reminisce childhood memories as you partake of authentic Peranakan dishes, such as Nyonya Curry Chicken, served with home-made French Baguette, Popiah with Braised Sweet Turnips, and Kecap Manis Chicken Skewers.

Don’t miss the live stations featuring DIY Kueh Pie Tee, Singapore Rojak, and their signature Prawn Laksa.

Diners who prefer a quintessential English afternoon tea can go for the savoury specialties including Tuna Mushroom Feuilleté, Foie Gras Terrine, Fig Marmalade on Brioche Crostini, juicy Mini Wagyu Beef Sliders with Cheese and Caramelised Onions as well as Zucchini and Emmental Quiche.

As for those with sweet cravings, you can indulge in the colourful Nyonya Kueh and Kueh Lapis, Pandan Scones with Kaya and Strawberry Jam, and the hotel’s signature Pandan Gula Melaka Chiffon Cake.

With a capacity of 227, Atrium is large enough to bring the entire clan or your office for a high tea buffet. Don’t forget to reserve in advance.

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
One dines free with every 3 paying adults for Afternoon Tea

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Valid for weekday afternoon tea sets and weekend afternoon tea buffet
– Valid for dine-in only, and not applicable for takeaways, unless otherwise stated
– Advance reservation is required

Alley on 25, Andaz Singapore
Level 25, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Tel: +65 6408 1288
High Tea Timing: 3pm – 5pm (Mon – Sun, HSBC Promo from Mon – Fri)

Make your humdrum weekdays extra special with a High Tea reservation at Alley on 25, a “street dining in the sky” concept at Andaz Singapore. Bask amidst stunning views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows at the 25th level of Andaz.

Better yet, treat yourself and your friends to their Afternoon Tea Picnic Set ($38++ per person). You can upgrade it to include free-flow of wines, beer, and prosecco for a top of $40++ per person.

This quirky picnic set basket comes with two tiffin carriers filled with sweet and savoury tea treats. Popular ones include the Smoked Salmon Tartine, Lobster Croissant, Impossible™ cheese balls, scones, and Valrhona chocolate bonbons.

While your time away by slowly enjoying local delicacies like Kueh Pie Tee, Kueh Lapis and the Andaz specialty Pandan Chiffon cake. A reinvention of the classic pandan cake, Andaz’s version comes with layers of flavoured mousse a vibrant green glaze.

What better way to end your afternoon tea picnic than with a cool and creamy soft serve ice cream. Whether you pick chocolate or vanilla, you and your pals are bound to enjoy your mid-week break here at the Alley on 25.

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
1-for-1 Weekday High Tea

– Valid till 29 Nov 2019
– Valid only from Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5pm
– Not valid on Public Holidays.
– Advance reservation is required

Lobby Lounge, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819664
Tel: +65 6823 5367
Afternoon Tea Timing: 2pm to 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Steal some moments from your busy day and relax your weary mind at the Lobby Lounge of the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.

Have your stylish afternoon tea (they use gourmet Dilmah t-series) as you overlook the hotel’s lush patio through its ceiling-to-floor windows. The natural lighting will perk you up, or better yet, meet up with family and friends and let them join you for tea.

Reserve your slots for their Floral Fantasy High Tea ($76++), good for 2, offering a stand filled with classic confections and savoury snacks.

It’ll be hard to pick your fave from among the array of Lavender Honey Crème Brulee (served with lavender shortbread), Rose Macaron, Roselle-infused Cheese Tart, Sunflower-filled Praline Éclair, Pansy Green Tea Waffle Cone, and slices of Jasmine sponge.

To balance off all that saccharine indulgence, bite into savouries like the Quiche of the Day, Smoked Salmon Wrap, and Ham & Cheese Sandwich.

The set won’t be complete without the traditional scones, clotted cream and jam.

And if tea is not your thing, you can always go for coffee – they pair quite well with all those food to nibble.

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
1-for-1 Afternoon High Tea

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Advance reservation is required

Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa – Latest Recipe
Imbiah Station, Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa, 23 Beach View, Singapore 098679
Tel: +65 6818 3326 / 3388
Afternoon Tea Timing: 2pm to 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Stimulate your curiosity at Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Singapore’s bustling all-day dining restaurant.

Get their Discovery High Tea Set which is good for 2 pax, offering a selection of TWG tea or freshly brewed coffee.

Prepare to drool over the line-up of treats of savoury and sweet flavours inspired by French culture and Singapore local delights.

You will get a good balance of classic treats such as the Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Avruga Caviar Pearls and Dill, Lemon Meringue Tartlet, Cranberry Scones with Strawberry Jam, and Truffle Deviled Egg Tartine and local-flavoured savouries like Chili Crab Brioche.

Complete the high tea with a cup of aromatic Illy Coffee or TWG tea.

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
1-for-1 High Tea (U.P $69++ per high tea stand meant for two person. Order 1 high tea stand and get another complimentary.)

– Valid till 30 Dec 2019
– Not valid on the eve of Public Holidays in Singapore, Public Holidays in Singapore and special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve
– Advance reservation is required

MO BAR, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Tel: +65 6885 3500
Afternoon Tea Timings: 3pm – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 12:30pm – 2:30pm OR 3pm – 5pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

Too early for their famous curated cocktails? Then go for the afternoon tea, accompanied with stunning views of Marina Bay.

Experience their new Black and Gold Afternoon Tea, available for a limited time till 31 October. No doubt, this specially-designed menu is inspired by MO BAR’s stylishly modern interior.

The exclusive selection showcases rare teas sourced from Asia’s famous tea-growing regions.

Try the delicate black tea Malacca Gold BOP from Malaysia, or the White Knight Tea from Laos, made with Formosa Oolong & White Tea.

Can’t decide from the 16 teas? Go for the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Exclusive Blend.

For the food selection, they have Coffee and Shinko Pear Textures, made in the way of molecular gastronomy, i.e. caviar-like coffee spheres with a velvety pear puree.

Appreciate the flavours of Asia with the Japanese-inspired Wagyu Pastrami with Japanese Pickle, or the Cured and Smoked Hamachi with seaweed rice and yuzu.

Decadent sweets include Chocolate Pâte Sablée, Dulcey Puff Rice, Yuzu Cream, Black Sesame Sponge, freshly baked scones (Black Sesame & Vanilla), Muscat Grape, and Chocolate Pralines. The Chocolate Pâte Sabléeis specially made with Co-Ka-Me 68.5% chocolate and caramelised peanuts.

$48++ per person or $88++ for two
$65++ per person, inclusive of one cocktail or mocktail
$68++ per person, inclusive of one glass of “R” de Ruinart Champagne

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
One dines free with every 2 paying adults for Weekday Afternoon Tea (Mon – Fri)

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Not valid with other discounts, privileges, promotions, set menus, special menus, vouchers, membership privileges, VIP cards
– Advance reservation is required

The Orchard Cafe, Orchard Hotel
442 Orchard Road Singapore, Singapore 238879
Tel: +65 6739 6565
Afternoon Tea Timings: 3pm – 5pm (Sat – Sun)

It’s not every day you can have an Afternoon High Tea ($42++) at The Orchard Cafe, so save it for that special weekend with a couple of your family or friends.

Did you know one dines free with every 2 paying adults for High Tea? With your HSBC Credit Card, you can enjoy this great deal.

Redesigned with a food-garden concept, The Orchard Cafe takes pride in its Asian-style high tea offering a good selection of local delights. Don’t miss two of their signature items – the wok-fried Carrot Cake, and the Orchard Cafe Porridge.

Alternatively, you can dive deeper into local flavours with the Nasi emak Singapore Laksa complete with prawns, cockles, fish cakes, quail eggs in a rich & spicy coconut gravy.

Satisfy those salty cravings with freshly-grilled satays served with peanut-pineapple sauce, crispy rota prata dipped into aromatic curries, and a selection of dim sum.

For dessert, recommended items are Signature Mango Cake and Durian Pengat.

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
One dines free with every 2 paying adults for High Tea

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Valid up to a maximum of 8 paying diners
– Not valid on the eve of Public Holidays in Singapore, Public Holidays in Singapore and special occasions, unless otherwise stated
– Advance reservation is required

Marriott Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road Singapore, Singapore 238865
Tel: +65 6831 4605
Afternoon Tea Timings: 3pm – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)

What if you can enjoy Marriott Cafe’s High Tea Buffet for half the price? Grab this special HSBC promo and indulge in unlimited servings of your favourite local delicacies

Available daily, the High Tea Buffet is priced $45++/$48++ for adults, and $27++/$30++ for kids aged 5-12 years old.

Start off with the seafood section where they offer gratinated oysters on weekends, and poached prawns daily. The Salmon Station features Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Gravlax Salmon, served with sour cream, lemon, dill mustard dressing, capers, cornichons, and cocktail onions.

Give in to your sweet cravings at the Live Crepes Station. Choose between Sweet Crepes with assorted toppings and flavourings or the simpler French Toast.

More local flavours abound at the Nasi Lemak Station (available on rotation) with the likes of Chicken & Pork Satay, Mackerel Otak Otak, Beef Rendang, Sayur Lodeh, Coconut Rice, and Ikan Bilis, Peanuts, Cucumber, and of course, Chili Sambal.

Hope you’re hungry as there are more options at the Dim Sum Station, Noodles, Indian, Local and Western Delights Stations.

With their fresh-baked in-house artisan breads and house-made desserts, what more can you ask more?

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
50% off Buffet High Tea

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Discount is valid for food bill only
– Maximum of 6 pax per reservation, limited to the first 50 pax per day
– Not valid on the eve of Public Holidays in Singapore, Public Holidays in Singapore and special occasions
– Minimum 2 days advance reservation is required via 6831 4605

Crossroads Bar, Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore
20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Tel: +65 6239 1847/1848
Afternoon Tea Timing: 3pm – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Escape Singapore and experience an ‘Autumn in Hokkaido’ Afternoon Tea at the Crossroads Bar for only $42++ per person.

Till 30 November 2019, you can delight in specially curated tea snacks prepared from Japan-sourced ingredients.

Nibble appetising seafood-centric sandwiches like the Hokkaido Unagi Open-Faced Sandwich, Fried Shrimp Sandwich with Wasabi Tartare and Pulled Salmon Teriyaki Sandwich with Avocado.

Want a heavier sandwich? They have the Seared melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu Beef Sandwich served with Fried Garlic and Miso Mustard Sauce.

The Sōmen Noodle Salad comes with succulently-sweet Hokkaido scallop and juicy ikura.

Daintily crafted pastries like the Japanese-style Lavender Swiss Roll (Hokkaido is also famous for lavender), Yuzu Citrus Scones with clotted cream and preserves, fluffy Hokkaido chiffon cupcakes, and pancakes with Azuki beans, will surely induce Japan feels.

Warm your mildly chilly autumn afternoon with speciality TWG teas or some freshly brewed coffee.

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
1-for-1 Daily Afternoon Tea Set

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Valid for daily Afternoon Tea Set
– Valid for food only, and not valid for alcohol
– Valid up to a maximum of 8 diners (4 paying diners and 4 complimentary diners)
– Advance reservation is required at least one day in advance

The Landing Point, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Tel: +65 6877 8911 / 8912
Afternoon Tea Timings: 3pm – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri),
1st seating 12pm – 2pm or 2nd seating 3pm – 5pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

If you and your colleagues find yourselves at The Landing Point, why not join a delicious rendezvous – the “Afternoon Tea Affair by The Bay”.

Not only will you treat yourself to an afternoon filled with gourmet food, lush setting, and impeccable service, but also impressive waterfront views of Marina Bay.

Make The Fullerton Bay Hotel your choice for High Tea (Weekdays at $50++ per adult, $25++ per child Weekends and PH at $55++ per adult, $28++ per child), showcasing 10 varieties of TWG teas, freshly baked scones, and scrumptious sweets and savouries in a refillable three-tiered tray.

For first timers, try the signature Fullerton Express Tea, a white tea infused with aromatic wildflowers. The Silver Moon (scented with berry, vanilla and spice) and Moroccan Mint Tea are recommended for those who love green teas.

Any of these teas would perfectly go well with desserts like Graham Cracker Key Lime Pie, Ondeh-Ondeh Macarons, Pecan Maple Tart, and the signature Fullerton Fruit Cake.

Add layers of saltiness in varying textures with savouries like Boston Lobster Cornet A L’Oriental, Duck Rillettes in Sesame Bun, Smoked Salmon Mille-Feuille with Caviar, and Mini Prosciutto on Bagel.

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1 dines free with every 3 paying adults on Weekday Afternoon Tea

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Valid up to a maximum of 8 diners
– Not valid on the eve of Public Holidays in Singapore, Public Holidays in Singapore and special occasions including Thanksgiving
– Advance reservation is required

Lobby Lounge, The Westin Singapore
The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 6922 6988
Afternoon Tea Timing: 2:30pm – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri)

The lobby lounge at The Westin Singapore is known for its not-your-typical high tea, offering not only a plate but a wide array of seafood-inspired treats. Like a complete meal, this three-course Seafood Afternoon Tea Set includes Starters, Mains, and Desserts.

Relax in their comfy sofas as you try out the medley of savoury starters – seafood items decked on the three-tiered tray.

For variety, they come grilled, as rolls, and as a salad, like the Grilled Marinated Prawn, Mini Lobster Roll, and Seared Scallop Waldorf Salad.

Wait, there’s more! Ready for the mains? Prepare for an entire Lobster Thermidor, served extra cheesy in two halves, and a couple of large, plump oysters. Flavour up these freshly-shucked molluscs with any of the 3 dressings, i.e. champagne, lychee bourbon, and shallot vinaigrette.

Desserts, the last course, are served in a platter of their own. End on a sweet note with Lobby Lounge’s baked goods like cookies, mini cakes, and tarts.

There’s always a reason to celebrate, so feel free to add a glass of Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine. Cheers!

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion 1:
50% off second diner for the Seafood Afternoon High Tea with Prosecco (U.P $55++ per person)

– Valid till 29 Nov 2019
– Valid only on Monday to Friday
– Not valid on the eve of Public Holidays in Singapore, Public Holidays in Singapore and special occasions
– Advance reservation is required

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion 2:
15% off Seafood Afternoon High Tea with Prosecco (U.P $55++ per person)

– Valid till 30 Nov 2019
– Valid on Saturday and Sunday
– Not valid on the eve of Public Holidays in Singapore, Public Holidays in Singapore and special occasions
– Advance reservation is required

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5 Best Restaurants For Afternoon Tea In NYC

Whether you drink your tea with cream and sugar or a pile of tiny little sandwiches, these five restaurants are offering high tea services that will warm you up and re-energize you for the evening ahead. By Carly Petrone.

It&rsquos hard to pass up a visit to The Russian Tea Room when you&rsquore craving a luxurious cup of tea. Step into this majestic restaurant and have a true New York experience. Afternoon Tea is served from 2 p.m. &ndash 4:30 p.m. and costs $60 ($85 with champagne). Bite into delicious sandwiches and blinis like curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans, artichoke with red pepper and sun-dried tomato goat cheese, and smoked Scottish salmon with chive cream cheese and cucumber. Pair your English Breakfast or Darjeeling tea with one of their assorted scones, cupcakes, or petits fours. The Royal Afternoon Tea will cost you a little more ($90 high tea, $115 with champagne) but it includes Siberian Osetra, Hackleback, and Paddlefish caviars on blinis. Children can have fun at tea too with their own child-friendly menu ($35). We believe little pigs-in-a-blanket, PB&J, and miniature BLTs will do the trick. And who can pass up apple slices with creamy caramel, red velvet cupcakes with sprinkles, or their indulgent chocolate mousse topped with berries? Dine in style inside this festive and traditional New York institution.

Who wouldn&rsquot want to enjoy a cup of tea while looking over at beautiful Central Park? You can do just this during afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton. Served daily from 2 p.m. &ndash 4 p.m. inside the Star Lounge, you can relax and enjoy a wide selection of teas as well as sweet and savory delicacies for about $55. Snack on finger sandwiches or dive into homemade scones with preserves and an assortment of petit fours. Make sure to dress your best &ndash it&rsquos all part of the fun! Please call for the most updated menu items.

The King&rsquos Carriage House is the place to go when you want to spend less than $30 on a traditional afternoon tea service. You can enjoy savory finger sandwiches, scones, and sweets for just $24.95/person ($34.95 with champagne). Try the oak smoked Scottish salmon pinwheels, sesame chicken, or goat cheese tartlets with mango and tomato and make room for dessert because baby poppyseed tea cakes, lemon curd squares, and dark Belgian chocolate dipped strawberries are just a few of the delicious items on the menu. Freshly brewed infused tea awaits you Tuesday – Sunday from 3 p.m. &ndash 5 p.m.

If you&rsquore gonna go big, go to The Palm Court inside The Plaza Hotel. Enjoy fine dining and the iconic atmosphere while sipping on a teatime cocktail like the Gatsby Mint Julep or the NYC Cosmopolitan. Adults can enjoy the Champagne Tea ($110) while the little ones can live out their storybook dreams at the Eloise Tea ($50). Champagne Tea includes such delicacies as lobster rolls, foie gras torchon on toasted brioche, and a variety of caviar (for an extra charge). Nibble on macarons, tarts, and warm seasonal scones with double Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and preserves while enjoying Veuve and Moet & Chandon champagne. There&rsquos even an afternoon tea gluten free menu available! Eloise fans get to choose from deviled egg salad, turkey, PB&J, English cucumber and cream cheese, or prosciutto cotto sandwiches as well as a variety of yummy scones. Just wait until the waiter brings out the pink cotton candy for the table! Pair it with the vanilla iced tea or one of the many teas on the menu and you&rsquoll have one happy camper. Afternoon Tea services go from 12 p.m. &ndash 5 p.m. Please call for reservations.

Alice&rsquos Tea Cup is the perfect place to plan an adult or kids tea service. For $48/person you can book The Mad Hatter, which includes freshly baked scones of the day with clotted cream and raspberry preserves, assorted tea sandwiches (cucumber & watercress, smoked salmon, and egg salad, to name a few), mocha chocolate chip cake, lemon tart, and assorted cookies, and, of course unlimited tea, soda, and coffee. For those looking for a little more fun, try The Mad Happy Hour, which includes all of the above plus 2 hours of unlimited champagne cocktails and wine. The kiddos will be happy too with The Wee Tea ($29/child): scones of the day, PB&J on banana bread, grilled cheese, and chicken fingers, White Rabbit&rsquos Dark Chocolate Mousse, and unlimited tea, milk, and juice. The Mad Morning Tea is also perfect for the early riser (available 8 a.m. &ndash 11 a.m. weekdays 8 a.m. &ndash 3 p.m. weekends) with scones of the day, scrambled eggs and their famous potato-chicken hash, as well as homemade granola and fresh berries. Get lost in Alice&rsquos Wonderland of tea and treats! Check website for other locations.

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Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City

An oasis amid mayhem? Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis Hotel, an historic Manhattan landmark at 55th and 5th Ave., serves as the perfect segue from the frenzy of New York City to the calm of a centuries-old British tradition.

As we sat in the luxurious Petit Salon sipping various blends of teas and enjoying an assortment of pastries and desserts, it seemed like the chaos of the city just outside the hotel’s doors was hundreds of miles away. In fact, it was quite a jolt to our system upon returning to the city’s streets after 90 minutes of solitude.

While guests savor the opening course of delicate homemade finger sandwiches, including smoked salmon on pumpernickel bread, cucumber with a hint of mint and cream cheese spread on olive pan bread, and smoked sturgeon salad with fennel on multi grain bread, soothing sounds of a harpist who once graced the stage with the Boston Pops fill the acoustically friendly dining room. Eye catching murals of Psyche, the Greek Goddess of The Soul, could not be more appropriate as this is a soulful experience that dates back to 1904 and which has become a very special ritual for generations of families.

Indeed, Afternoon Tea here is a time honored custom that is passed down as an heirloom from mothers to daughters. There is perhaps no better Manhattan venue for friends to share some quality time. For an hour or more, guests can actually carry on a conversation while enjoying each other’s company. Perhaps because people are craving quality time together, Afternoon Tea has never been more popular as tea rooms in lavish hotels from Maine to Oregon offer guests brimming cups of black, green, white, oolong, and herbal teas. Originally a medicine, tea’s popularity can be traced to the T’ang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), when it spread from royalty to clergy to nomads.

Not to be confused with High Tea – which is presented around six in the evening and consists of a full dinner – Afternoon Tea is offered mid afternoon as a casual or social activity and is normally served with warm scones and delectable finger sandwiches. Today, innovative chefs often add their own special touch to the fare, providing flavored iced teas with fresh-baked pastries and breads. Health conscious tea lovers will delight in such recipes as applesauce tea loaf, spicy nut-tea stir fry, and tea-steeped prunes. All in all, Afternoon Tea is the perfect sensory combination of textures and tastes.

Of course, the tea is the star attraction, and tea enthusiasts will find 23 different brands at the St. Regis. Our favorite black teas were the St. Blend, combining Keemun and Ceylon with Blackcurrant and the Essence of Bergamot, and the T Blend, which infuses the best tea characteristics from the four corners of the world. Other tea selections include Pear Tree, a green blend from China perfumed with the essence of freshly plucked ripe pears, Osmanthus Oolong, delicately scented with rare Osmanthus flowers, and Jasmine Pearl, a highly prized white tea that consists of tops buds and leaves only.

Tea is served piping hot in individual Sterling Silver tea kettles with matching cream containers and tea strainers on fine china designed exclusively by Tiffany’s. To complement the finger sandwiches, plain and plum raisin scones, almond pineapple tea cakes, and assorted petits fours are served on a three tier silver stand. Each is baked daily at the hotel. Toppings for the scones include a very creamy English Double Devonshire Cream, lemon curd, and a selection of seasonal jams.

Whether taking a break from the rigors of shopping or meeting with business colleagues, Afternoon Tea has become a focal point of the day for many people. In fact, the St. Regis has seen it evolve to the point where it has — in many cases — replaced the martini lunch. According to the affable maître d’, more and more businessmen and women are meeting over Afternoon Tea as opposed to martinis, since this experience allows them to relax and conduct business while talking with a clear head.

Afternoon Tea is $48 per person, although a Champagne Tea is available with a glass of Taittinger, Cuvee Prestige, for $70. Want to truly indulge yourself? Caviar Tea with Veuve Clicquot, non vintage, American Caviar, Wild Sturgeon, Lake Trout, Yellowstone River Spoonbill, and served with the traditional garnishes, is offered at $145. Tables can be reserved from 3 to 5 p.m.

With an ambience that includes plush cushioned chairs and a very attentive staff, the St. Regis pampers their guests with a time-honored tradition. However, don’t be misled by the lavish exterior. This is not a stuffy experience. On the contrary, Afternoon Tea here is an unencumbered New York City tradition that everyone should put on their “must do” list.

Cornelia Spa

After a brief closing followed by a $60 million makeover in 2009, the former Cornelia Day Resort became the Cornelia Spa, a (slightly) less extravagant incarnation at the Surrey, a boutique hotel on the Upper East Side. It offers five quaint and peaceful suites that ooze the sophistication and relative calm of the posh neighborhood in which it belongs. Be sure to ask for the detoxifying &ldquoPurist&rdquo treatment, which begins with a French sea salt and honey exfoliation and ends with a marine salt soak. Stress = gone.

GALLERY: Best outdoor venues for Afternoon Tea in London

With summer well and truly here, why not indulge in traditional British afternoon tea whilst taking in the beautiful outdoor surroundings of London. Littered with iconic views, there is an abundance of amazing hotels and restaurants in the capital which can all offer delicious traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings from scones, jam and clotted cream, to finger sandwiches and loose leaf or herbal teas. Here at HELLO! Online, we delve into some of the city&rsquos most treasured places and those which have yet to be discovered.

1. Gallery Mess, Sloane Square

Gallery Mess is the stylish destination restaurant that adjoins the Saatchi Gallery, where some of the most inspiring contemporary works of art in London are housed. Found just off the Kings Road in Duke of York Square, it&rsquos become a firm favourite with gallery visitors and creative types since its opening in 2009. The menu features a tier of delicious finger sandwiches, warm scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and a variety of delectable sweet treats to devour. The outdoor terrace, with picturesque views of a park, offers the perfect location to sit back, relax and enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea.

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2. Canary Riverside Plaza, Canary Wharf

This five-star hotel, located on the historic West India Quay, boasts a sophisticated contemporary design and a Garden Terrace which is the idyllic resting place to enjoy Afternoon Tea. Adorned with pretty views of sun-drenched gardens and the River Thames, guests can enjoy a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and pastries as well as the hotel's finest jam, and clotted cream served with an obligatory endless amount of tea or coffee. The roast beef and wild rocket sandwich, paired with a mozzarella croissant was a particular favourite. The service is faultless, delivered by delightfully friendly staff who were on hand to top up your tea cup or bring more sandwiches.

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3. Dalloway Terrace, central London

Nestled in the heart of London's Fitzrovia, afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace is sure to appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth! This offering is packed with delicious treats from delicate mango and passion fruit dome to a fabulous chocolate éclair, and there's also a gorgeous selection of corn-fed chicken in brioche and freshly baked, plain and sultana buttermilk scones. The venue, adorned with pretty floral decorations, was absolutely beautiful and was the perfect location to make the most of the warmer weather on the idyllic outdoor terrace.

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4. Brigit&rsquos Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, various central locations

This is certainly one of its kind! The bus tour is a wonderful way to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea whilst also taking in the iconic sites of Central London. Travelling in a classic 1960&rsquos Routemaster bus where you pass the likes of The London Eye, The Royal Albert Hall, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, you are treated to an array of delectable sweet and savoury delights. Every dainty sandwich and mini quiche - which came in a variety of flavours - alongside plain scones, mini cupcakes, sweet pastries and macaroons were superb, these were all topped off with a lovely pot of tea. Even though you pass through the hustle and bustle of the city, it&rsquos the calming sanctuary of the tour bus which leaves you feeling truly spoilt and very relaxed.

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5. Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Kensington

Quintessentially British and very elegant, this West Kensington hotel overlooks breathtaking views over the scenic harbour and marina. You get treated to an array of carefully hand-crafted finger sandwiches including fresh smoked salmon & cream cheese, coronation chicken, and asparagus. To follow the savouries, there is a course of warm, freshly baked scones &ndash plain and fruit - served with clotted cream and fine strawberry preserve. To finish this is served alongside a wonderful selection of sweet treats including red velvet cupcakes, bakewell tarts, mini éclairs and strawberry mousse. It&rsquos certainly a beautiful venue, with a relaxed yet upmarket feel and staff who offer impeccable service. Live music offered by a pianist and a cellist makes drinking tea all that much sweeter.

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