The Pierre
Fifth Avenue at 61st Street
Tel. 212 -838- 800
Facing Central Park lies a restored 1930's
Georgian-style  building called the Pierre. The
Pierre is a frequent residence of American
tycoons and European dignitaries. The hotel is
entirely beautiful and luxurious.

I was speechless when I entered the highly
recommended Rotunda Lounge, where they
serve afternoon tea. This is the hotel's signature
room, and a favorite meeting place among New
York's high society.  The enchanting room has
famous
trompe l'oeil murals by an Americanartist.
These murals are graced with images of
mythological figures, such as Venus, Neptune,
and Minerva. In addition to the Corinthian
columns and chandeliers creating a romantic
mood, the Rotunda Lounge is one of the most
beautiful tea courts I have ever been in.
We ordered the Royal Rotunda blend, created
exclusively for the Pierre. It was followed by a
tier of precisely cut seasonal tea sandwiches,  
such as egg salad in a brioche bun with sliced
olives and egg garnish, smoked salmon
Napoleon, and chicken salad wrap with chives
and cucumber. The homemade freshly baked
scones were served with Devonshire cream and
fruit jams. Skipping my lunch was a good idea in
order to enjoy the tempting pastries like the
lemon madeleines, fruit cake, raspberry tart, and
black and white mini eclairs. If these offerings
are too heavy for you, you may as well go for the
light afternoon tea. They even placed detailed
attention on wrapping the lemons with
cheesecloth, which was quite lovely. And the
roses ... I had never seen so many on one table.

Our attentive server offered a refill for the food,
which we graciously declined. The service was
indeed first-rate.  The whole afternoon tea ritual
was exceptionally soothing.
Even if you do not choose to stay at the Pierre,
you must have afternoon tea in this charming and
beautiful hideaway. You will definitely not regret
your decision
!

Tea is serve 3:00 to 5:30.  The attire is smart
casual.
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