I am obsessed with High Tea. It started when I was in high school and came to NYC and had High Tea at the Plaza Hotel. I was hooked. Ever since, I have been obsessed with every detail from three tiered serving plates to devonshire cream. I even started a tradition a few years ago of making a large afternoon tea for my birthday and inviting all my friends.
I have to confess, I bought the scones, but I made all the tea sandwiches myself……
I love cucumber sandwiches so much! It was the only thing I could stand to eat for the first three months of my pregnancy. The trick is to slice the cucumbers super thin on a mandoline, and then pat them dry with paper towels and salt them. I like to add some herbed cheese to one side of the bread and butter on the other. I also made a cranberry trifle:
I hope I still have the recipe for that somewhere because it was really good! I also rounded out the meal with chocolate moose served in little chocolate cups:
They are perfect for a January birthday because those chocolate cups often go on sale after the holidays. I think the white chocolate ones had orange liqueur and the dark chocolate ones had hazelnut. I will have to make those again soon.
In the city, my favorite place to have afternoon tea is Alice’s Tea Cup. It’s not one of those formal High Tea’s where you have to wear a fancy hat and stick out your pinkie (not that I don’t love those fancy hats – because I do!), it’s a really funky spot with brightly colored decorations, great service, and some really awesome sandwiches and scones. Their tea menu is huge too -definitely something for everyone.
They cut their sandwiches into long finger sized shapes, which are perfect for picking up and eating. Their scones are to die for and they always have a special flavor on hand like frosted pumpkin maple. And they are huge! You won’t go home hungry.
There are a few places I haven’t tried yet but would really love to. The Bosie Tea Parlor looks really good great – with reasonable prices and macaroons! For a fancier time, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel has a nice looking tea high up on the 35th floor. They have unique sandwiches like edamame hummus with goat cheese (which I’m going to make at my next tea party!).
I would also like to try the Plaza again – for old time’s sake. I’m told it’s not the same, but I’d like to see for myself.