Monday, October 14, 2013

The Russian Tea Room Afternoon Tea

 The Russian Tea Room (RTR), located on W. 57th Street, opened in 1927,
and is described as more of an institution than a restaurant.  
For this reason, I chose it as our Saturday, 10/5 afternoon tea venue. 
The RTR was closed 2002 - 2006 and reopened to some changes, 
but it is decorated with the famous red leather banquets, 
bronze samovars and colorful paintings, for which it was well-known.  
 The menu (above) offers "High Tea" and "Royal High Tea"
daily from 2 - 4:30 pm.  
We chose the "High Tea"  which includes: 
Sandwiches and Blinis
Curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans
Shrimp salad with remoulade
Smoked Scottish Salmon with chive cream cheese and cucumber
Artichoke with red pepper and a sun-dried tomato goat cheese
Smoked ham and turkey with truffle croque monsieur
N.Y. smoked sturgeon with dill and sour cream
Roquefort bleu cheese and pear with walnuts
a tasting of two American caviars on Blinis
Assorted seasonal scones
cupcakes and petits fours

 I chose Darjeeling tea, Austin chose Formosa Oolong, 
and Glenn chose the Rooibos Chai. 

 The sandwich course was brought to the table on a three-tier server. 

 My Gluten-Free afternoon tea first course was the same
sandwich fillings, except they were served without bread.,
on cucumber slices, in endive leaves, and on spoons. 
 The scones were served with butter and jams,
on the same server with the desserts. 

 My GF replacement for the desserts and scones was
a very generous serving of choice of sorbets.
I enjoyed the mango sorbet.  
 The excellent service and ambiance made for a most memorable
New York City afternoon tea experience at the famous Russian Tea Room.  


Marilyn said...

Oh I would love having tea here. What a treat. I remember visiting New York one time and peeking in the window of the RTR and dreaming. It sounds wonderful and looks totally delightful! What amazing experiences Austin is receiving.

Bernideen said...

This is really elegant. I imagine people of great notoriety go there - including you! Glad you visited them and shared with us!

Rosemary said...

Another destination to put on my 'must visit' list! It's a long list!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Awesome! It is so fun you got to visit, and even more fun to see your photos! We had a Russian Tea Room where we used to live that we enjoyed, and now I miss!

relevanttealeaf said...

So glad to read this great review of the Russian Tea Room. I hope to go there someday!

Angela McRae said...

You have very helpfully answered some questions for me here! I was researching a RTR recipe I was going to make, and I thought I heard it had closed, but I had NOT heard it had reopened. Would love to go myself now!

Joy said...

Another great place to visit! So glad you can get gluten free options, too, so you can still enjoy going to tea.

La Tea Dah said...

It looks like a regal and beautiful place --- thank you for sharing!


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