The newest afternoon tea in town is a sparkly affair. At the Baccarat Hotel, the fine crystal creations that the brand is known for—from stunning chandeliers to tableware—provide a luxurious setting for tea.
The Baccarat is also the only American hotel to feature renowned Mariage Frères teas. Tea sommelier Gabrielle Jammal, who is certified by the International Tea Masters Association, guides guests through tea selection. Her personal favorite is the Milky Blue, an oolong tea of exquisite subtlety and light floral quality.
Another tea, the Mélange Rouge, is a silky smooth blend of red tea, red fruits, spices, and vanilla. It makes for an excellent match for the King Louis XV menu, which features delicate sweets including a raspberry éclair, red velvet macaroon, rose-scented madeleine, and tomato white-cheddar brioche ($65 with tea). The menu is named in honor of the French king who issued a decree to establish a glassworks factory in Baccarat, France, in 1764.
The Prince of Wales menu is fitting for the gourmand, with savory selections such as lobster salad with truffles on a buttered Parker House roll, deviled quail egg with sturgeon caviar and pickled onion on brioche, pineapple coconut Napoleon, a chocolate sacher torte, as well as delightfully buttery and warm scones with Devonshire cream and crabapple gelée ($80 with tea).
There’s also the option of pairing the food menu with champagne—served, of course, in exquisitely crafted champagne flutes.
A Valentine’s Day menu is also available on Feb. 13–14.
Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York
28 W. 53rd St. (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)
Wednesday–Sunday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Afternoon tea by reservation at least 24 hours in advance