July 16, 2015
Afternoon Tea - Mandarin Oriental New York
The view from the Lobby Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental was of Columbus Circle and the southern edge of Central Park. Stunning. My photo does not do it justice. I went with Jee and Sara (read Jee's review here).
There were seven teas on the menu -- one white, two greens, one oolong, two blacks, an herbal and a rose blend signature tea. I enjoyed watching Sara and Jee photograph the tea setting. Scones were served first, and as Jee noted in her review, this is unusual. However, the scones were served warm, were perfectly sized, with Devonshire cream and jams on the side.
The savories were very good, too! Fresh bread, fresh fillings, and nicely portioned. I could have eaten more than my share.
I liked the presentation of the sweets. The three-tiered O-shaped tray (for Oriental, I assume) was a good fit with the modern decor of the lounge. My sweet tooth tends to steer towards chocolate but my favorite of the pastries was the green tea mousse topped cake. If you can believe it, the chocolate confection pictured in the lower right was too sweet.
I always enjoy afternoon tea with Jee and Sara. The view from the Lobby Lounge was a bonus. It's okay if you aren't seated at a table adjacent to the windows; you can walk over to the windows to take in the park's lush canopy.