Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 7 - Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Plaza

The Plaza Hotel, founded in 1907, is listed on the Register of Historic Places 
and is the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Since 1999, the hotel has been managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. 
The hotel closed and underwent a major restoration 2002 - 2007.
We've enjoyed afternoon tea several times at The Palm Court  before and after 2007.
 I was aware and somewhat prepared for the changes to The Palm Court made under the direction of Food Network Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the new culinary director at the hotel. 
In addition to new furniture and china is large circular bar in the middle of The palm Court.
  The background music was recorded. 
In my opinion, it has lost the feeling of old world elegance.  No white table cloths, tables have mirror tops and new china special-made for the hotel. See photo below. 

Glenn drank Earl Grey, Austin had Jasmine Pearl, and I enjoyed Silver Needles. 

Warm scones were wrapped in a napkin on the bottom tier. 
Cream, lemon curd, and jam were on the table. 
Five gluten free sandwiches. on the middle tier. 
Gluten free sweets on the top tier. 
We have been visiting The Plaza since the 1980's. 
Below: our April 2014 afternoon tea
The April 2014 Eloise Tea.
Compare this photo to Friday's post to see how the menu has changed.


Karen said...

I was sorry to read that the elegant trappings of the Palm Court have changed with the times. I remember visiting there when I was a child in the '60's. I remember that I wore a black velvet long sleeved dress with a white lace collar, little white gloves, white tights and black patent leather maryjanes. I was there for lunch and felt so grown-up at eight years old! Ihe food looks beautiful and I hope it was delicious at $65 per person.

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

I would like to have tea at the Plaza one day. I can see how the decor has changed though. I agree it does lose some of the "elegance" of an old tearoom without the tablecloths and bone china teacups. Still it looks like a special experience. So nice to see the boys all dressed up.

relevanttealeaf said...

Nothing in this life is ever permanent. People are always trying to reinvent the wheel. At least you had the opportunity of having Afternoon Tea there at its finest with pristine white linens, fine china and everything that makes Afternoon Tea so special. The chef at the helm has opted for trendy chic over tradition. I loved reading about your experience there.

relevanttealeaf said...

P.S. Out of curiosity, which way did your guys like it best?


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