The British aristocratic tradition of Afternoon Tea can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century. It is commonly confused with high tea, which actually refers to the serving of heavier foods associated with dinner. Afternoon tea, also known as low tea, is served between lunch and supper and accompanied by sandwiches, scones and pastries. So yes, what’s haute is low. Be sure to stir your tea clockwise and to add sugar before milk. If you add milk first, the saying goes, you won’t find love.
The Star Lounge at the Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton serves a traditional Afternoon Tea. Special Ritz-Carlton Blends, made by the “T” Tea Company are accompanied by a selection of sandwiches, petit fours, and other dishes. Try the homemade scones with fruit preserves and Devonshire cream, or the Cheddar pepper scone with endive and caramelized onion for a savory treat. There are two sittings, seven days a week, at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are required, and the cost is $55 per person, or $65 with a glass of Napa Valley Mumm Brut.
The Ritz Carlton is located at 50 Central Park South, 212.521.6125