Trying to get a decent afternoon tea service for a birthday this Friday. Much of what has been posted on this topic before looks out of date. Here's what I do know:
-The Taj only starts serving afternoon tea on Friday's in March (currently only Sat and Sun).
-The Four Seasons serves it, but I am not impressed by their use of stainless steel teapots; food looks mediocre.
-Metropolitan at the Langham (not Fleuri) serves a modernized tea that looks unimpressive.
-Boston Harbor Hotel is not serving tea until April due to renovations.
-L'Espalier only serves their French version of tea on weekends, like the Taj.
-You must know someone to get into Athenaeum.
-Haven't been too impressed with reviews at Swans At Park Plaza.
At this point I am thinking that Novel in the Boston Public Library looks like the best overall for nice ambience and great tea (and china!).
Thoughts? What am I missing?