Friday, April 9, 2010

Afternoon Tea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday afternoon, March 31st after the Empire State Building.  This was AJ's first visit to the Met and he took a gazillion photos with his cell phone. GJ took bunches of photos with his camera. The only good interior photo that wasn't a naked statue, or blurry due to not being allowed to use a flash (which I completely understand why they don't allow flash photos) is the one of AJ in the Arms and Armor Room.   That boy could have stayed in there forever!

Afternoon Tea is served at the Met in the Petrie Court Cafe, a European-style, table-service cafe located on the first floor in the Petrie Sculpture Court.  The cafe has the most fabulous view of Central Park out the floor to ceiling windows along the entire back wall. 

Afternoon Tea was a set menu with a selection of Harney & Sons loose tea in sachets served in 2-cup teapots.  The tea selection included 6 black teas, 3 green teas and 3 herbal tisanes.  I chose the Darjeeling, AJ chose the English Breakfast, and GJ chose the Decaffeinated Ceylon. 

The three tier stand  with sandwiches, scones and mini desserts was brought to our table.  The menu included the following sandwiches, a Tarragon Egg Salad, Cucumber and Mint (2 for each person), a Smoked Salmon and a Croque Monsieur.  The Currant Scones were served with Lemon Curd and Fruit Preserves.  The mini desserts included Raspberry Tartlets, Lemon Curd Tartlets, Poppyseed Petits Fours, and Tiramisu Petits Fours. 

After visiting the exhibits, having Afternoon Tea, and taking time for a little shopping in the gift shop, we enjoyed a walk through Central Park where the spring flowers and trees are in bloom.  It was a great way to spend our last afternoon in New York!

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