I’ve recently went to The Pembroke Room at The Lowell Hotel for afternoon tea with my mother this past weekend.
The Lowell is a boutique hotel in the tony neighborhood of the Upper East Side. When you do enter the charming Pembroke Room upstairs, it felt like I went to an elegant, wealthy grandmother’s home. It’s warmly lit with chandeliers, tables set with heavy tablecloths and fine china, and comfortably padded chairs.
We opted for the crème de la crème of the afternoon teas offered – Lowell Imperial Tea ($90 per person). We started off with excellent Dammann Frères teas (me: Darjeeling; mother: Earl Grey), glasses of delicious Pommery Champagne and decadent 1-ounce jar of organic American farm-raised paddlefish caviar and its classic accouterments like toasted broiche points, blinis, and the various toppings (chives, red onion, crème fraîche, and hard boiled eggs).
Then came our tier of savory tea sandwiches and sweets. The savory tea sandwiches were refreshing cucumber and watercress, a purée of chicken curry salad filled in a tart shell (it was very good), cute mini broiche buns filled with dill, egg and cornichon salad, a classic Scottish smoked salmon tea sandwich, caviar blini, a piquant goat cheese, sun dried tomato and roasted red pepper, and creamy foie gras canapés.
Our sweets tiers contained decent chocolate eclairs (it was a bit soft but tasted good). Very well made lemon macarons and we really liked the pastel pink marzipan petit four cake (the latter is so old school that it feels right for this occasion).
We enjoyed our time at The Pembroke Room for tea and it’s certainly one of the best places I’ve had tea in the city. Service is courteous and professional. It feels like we’re in a classy tea room where you’d have relatively hushed conversations in your table. The food served is very good and the flavors are on point.
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