Review - High Tea at the Four Seasons (57th St, Midtown)
As a special treat, my SO took me to high tea ($46/person) at the Four Seasons in midtown. It was luxurious, probably something I would not have I tried on my own.
They seat you in a beautiful high celinged area off their main lobby, which has a fireplace and tall wingbacked chairs. The service level is extraordinary -- for example every server remembered our names throughout the visit. The Four Seasons seems to have a knack for finding/teaching graciousness to their staff.
The only choice one has to make is what to tea to try from the spectrum of a dozen or so. I went with the peppermint herbal tea, which was served in its own mini pot, with a choice of 3 honeys, which I eschewed.
The savory courses arrived first, on a beautiful platter, with herbs layed underneath the glass. There is a smoked salmon canape wrapped in a potato pancake with a little cheese to hold it together. Next to that was an egg salad with caviar over a shortbread like crust. Then came a perfect cucumber sandwich, thinly sliced over goat cheese on a dark rye/pumpernickel piece of bread. Then there was a smoked chicken salad mini sandwich, with raisins and nuts. All of these were absolutely superb and appeared to be very labor intensive to make, as each was fresh and garnished very ornately. I wish I had taken pictures of them, reflecting on this.
Now came the sweet courses. My favorite was a crumbly scone with clotted cream and a berry/ginger preserve. Rich, but not greasy. Then there was a lemon merangue tart.