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

The newly redesigned Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel provides a delicious oasis from the chaos of Midtown Manhattan

The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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.