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.