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.  


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