By Kim Taylor
Quail egg hors d’oeuvres. Fresh scones. Chocolate fondue. Aromatic organic Earl Grey tea in gorgeous teapots, and the magnificence of the airy Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel. Finally, a setting grand enough in which to celebrate your mother! Take mom to The Plaza for semi-formal Afternoon Tea this year, as she surely deserves it (and you’ll enjoy it too). Teatime at the Plaza is a blending of tradition with artful and modern culinary touches such as organic tea offerings, adorable watercress finger sandwiches, and various flavored macaroons — as well as remarkably warm and welcoming service. Your mom could get used to this place.
The Plaza’s majestic, light-drenched Palm Court has had a $6.5 million makeover, and it shows. Settle into comfortable yet elegant chairs, and prepare to be impressed with an assortment of distinctive tea sandwiches, wee hors d’oeuvres, fresh berry scones with English clotted cream and jam, and petite desserts that include miniature cupcakes, chocolate truffles, tiny chocolate mousse pots and more. So much more, in fact, that you and your mother will leave thoroughly sated, and feeling as though you’ve been treated to something exquisitely special. Create a day that you and mom will remember forever.
Afternoon Tea service runs from 2pm – 5pm seven days a week, and The Plaza also offers breakfast and lunch. Call 212-546-5300 for reservations, or visit http://www.OpenTable.com. The Plaza is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, at 59th Street.