Gorgeous views and afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental

I have lots of things I’ve been meaning to post. Including a post about dinner at Elizabeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t that post. This is something smaller, but also something I don’t want to forget to document.

The same weekend that I was in New York for dinner at Ryu, I met up with my younger brother, who’s all grown up and in his first year of college now. I wanted to meet up with him and just chat and catch up on life. (I find that this is more and more important the older I get, otherwise it’s just so easy to lose contact withe people.) So I thought afternoon tea would be a good idea.

I had been meaning to try doing tea at some fancy hotel for a while. Why not the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle?

Can’t really complain too much. It’s a lovely place.
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With a nice view overlooking Central Park to match it.
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At these types of places, I try not to expect too much from the teas, because lets face it, the tea isn’t all that special. Often times they’ll just have a few interesting blends or very generic types of nice quality tea. Nothing too special. But what you come to afternoon tea for is the accompanying finger food.
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(I’ve been meaning to buy one of these tiered plate stands.)

Who can say no to the warm scones with clotted cream and jam?
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The salmon roulade was a favorite for my brother.
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The curry chicken wasn’t too shabby either.
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But of course, my favorite parts will always be the sweets.
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A dish piled high of assorted petit fours.

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