Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park

Selection of Sandwiches
Smoked salmon with cream cheese and caviar on pumpernickel
Smoked chicken with dried apricot on whole wheat
Egg salad and pear tomato on pan de mie
Cheddar pepper scone with endive and caramelized onion
Half poached shrimp with capers cream cheese on pumpernickel
Homemade scones with fruit preserves and Devonshire cream
Petit fours
Choice of The Ritz-Carlton Blends from “T” Tea Company
Served with a glass of Mumm Brut, Napa Valley

Austin chose our Thursday afternoon tea venue,
the Star Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South.
He had fond memories of our 2007 tea there when he was 8 years old.
 The server served our tea and placed the teapots on
warmers on a side table. 

Mixed nuts were brought to the table to munch on while waiting for the
first course of sandwiches which were brought on small three-tiered servers.
The pretty china is Wedgwood Pashima. 
The next course was a large scone served with
clotted cream and jam.  Austin's Oolong Jasmine tea
is shown in the photo below.
The third course of pretty and delicious pastries.  

Located at the corner of Central Park South and Sixth Street,
the delicious food and tea lived up to his expectations! 

Prior to our trip, I called for reservations,
including gluten-free for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed the same sandwich fillings
as listed on the menu, except mine were on gluten-free bread
and they brought me two of each! 
My "scone" was a GF banana-chocolate chip muffin.
I forgot to take a photo, but
it was especially delicious with a bit of real clotted cream.

My last course was a very large GF chocolate chip cookie,
which, by this time, I could only eat a couple of small bites.
The tea served is blended for the Ritz-Carlton
by "T" Tea Company.
The temperatures in NYC were in the 80's with high humidity.
We left our hotel at 10:00 am, walked from Times Square to Central Park,
 and didn't return until after tea time,
therefore, the reason for bad hair in the photo above. 
But, hey!  Walking for miles is what we do when visiting NYC!   

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