I’ve not had afternoon tea for several years so while my Mum was here in New York a few months ago, I thought it would be fun to try out somewhere new. I settled on The Mandarin Oriental because their menu sounded interesting, afternoon tea with an international twist, and I knew the view from their lobby lounge over Central Park was perfect for the out-of-town visitor – to give them a real “New York” experience.
It was a delicious and memorable afternoon. The staff was terrific – friendly, professional and accommodating. We turned up late in the afternoon without a reservation, but they quickly seated us and pulled the afternoon tea together in a matter of minutes. And the view did not disappoint. In late September, Central Park was still a carpet of emerald greenery.
The scones were a particular favourite – partly because I haven’t had a proper scone since leaving Sydney seven years ago. Light, warm, crumbly with a hint of ginger. I also loved all the savoury sandwiches. The flavours were perfectly balanced. I chose to drink English Breakfast tea, the Rose of New York tea was very tempting, but I wanted to make sure the flavour of the tea didn’t interfere with the other delicacies.
Definitely somewhere I will go back to.