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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Weekend Cooking- Tea at the Plaza

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My in-laws came to town this weekend, so we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday a few weeks late. She wanted to go to tea at the Plaza, and since I've never done that, I was excited to go with her.

Tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel is an event. The room is so open and bright, with lots of palm plants and flowers. We were seated at the perfect table to people-watch. There were many people there with young children, some of them celebrating birthdays. One adorable girl was celebrating her first birthday, imagine her looking at those photos when she is older!
The Palm Court at the Plaza (from their website)

I ordered the Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages, an homage to the fact that scenes from The Great Gatsby were set there, and that Scott and Zelda were patrons of the Plaza Hotel. The bottom tier held Curried Lobster Salad, Deviled Quail Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, and a Cucumber Sandwich. The Deviled Egg was my favorite.

The second tier had two delicious scones, served with lemon curd, raspberry preserves and Devonshire cream. They were heavenly, so light and airy and the preserves were addictive.

The top tier held tasty sweets, including a chocolate bon-bon, and a fudgy marshmallow square that were the highlights.
The Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages
My mother-in-law ordered the Chocolate Tea, which had a chocolate fondue served with fruit, homemade marshmallows (that were so good and I don't like marshmallows) and a spongecake that was very light. She especially loved the Chocolate Mousse on the top tier.
The Chocolate Tea

Neither one of us are big tea drinkers, so I took a chance and ordered us a pot of Organic Egyptian Chamomile. It was perfect; so light and with a touch of fruitiness. We finished one pot and had another. If you ever find yourselves at the Plaza for tea, I highly recommend this one. (And if you go, call me, I'll meet you there!)

It was a lovely afternoon, very relaxing and a great place to meet up with someone and have a long chat. 

The Palm Court website is here.


  1. What fun! Think I'll be adding to my NYC 'to do' list :-)

  2. Ok, I am going to call you and we will do this! I have been wanting to go, just for the experience. But the food & tea sound excellent too. Happy Birthday to you MIL, what a lovely way to celebrate!

  3. I love going for tea-this sounds like so much fun.

  4. Sounds like a great idea for meeting friends in a sophisticated atmosphere.

  5. I love having a nice tea! I never thought of going to the Plaza, but it sounds like a wonderful meal in a beautiful place.

  6. I am so jealous! My dream is to live at the Plaza Hotel, just like Eloise.

    I've had lunch in the Palm Court, but not afternoon tea. Your Fitzgerald Tea looks scrumptious. There is just something about the Plaza . . . :)

  7. Such a special birthday! Your a wonderful daughter-in-law!

  8. how wonderful that must have been. I had to click over to their website and learn more. I could definitely enjoy tea like this.