At first, our party of three was rushed. We were brought The Plaza's special tea blend without being asked what sort of tea we wanted, and then we never got a third place setting the entire time. The scones, macarons, mini egg salad sandwiches and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus were good, but lacked the panache you'd want from a grand dame property like The Plaza. There was nothing special about this afternoon tea at all, save that we were sitting in the lobby of a historic hotel, whichby the wayhad dirty carpeting and kids constantly running through it, toting multiple American Girl bags.
And then, when we did quickly finish our $35 each few mini sandwiches and 1-2 cups of tea, the waiter decided that that was the time to ignore us, leaving us to stare into the bottom of our empty porcelain teacups for an uncomfortable half-hour while the staff attended to the champagne sippers.
We had such high hopes, as we should since it's the frickin' Plaza, but they were swiftly dashed. Perhaps the hotel expects us to be awed at the tea service simply because it's inside The Plaza? We don't think so. But, if The Plaza or other hotels that think they can rest on their laurels are listeningit would be a good idea to have a seasonal tea menu, to offer lemon curd (we could lick that plate clean, were there lemon curd), and not to treat the tea drinkers as though they belong on a lower rung from the others having alcoholic drinks.
Oftentimes, afternoon tea is a planned occasion, something looked forward to and saved up for that has more significance than someone who just drops in for a bubbly. We rest our case; we do not recommend tea at The Plaza.
[All photos: HotelChatter]