If you’re planning on visiting New York City soon, and want to try a different and relaxing pace in the afternoon, we recommend a fantastic Afternoon Tea experience at the astonishing Baccarat Hotel & Residences. This kind of experience is growing in the city that never sleeps, especially in the most exquisite and refined hotels, that offer it with different particularities.
The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York is the first hotel and global flagship for the more than two-hundred-and-fifty-year-old Baccarat crystal brand, and it can be found directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as well as steps away from the Fifth Avenue. This sumptuous fifty-storey tower features sixty private residences with access to all hotel amenities, 114 guest rooms and suites as well as a glamorous second-storey lobby salons and bar.
The conception and aesthetics were the responsibility of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill that served as architects for Baccarat. The Paris-based interior design firm, Gilles & Boissier led the creation of the hotel´s interiors while the New York-based designer, Tony Ingrao managed the residential design.
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The Afternoon Tea Experience takes place in the Grand Salon, from Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This space can be described with a theatrical or cinematic feel, presenting a 35-foot ceiling and a plush, platinum-and-champagne-hued palette creating an incredibly glamorous backdrop for all-day lounging. In the Grand Salon, we can admire selected classic and reinterpreted pieces from the brand’s archival and contemporary collections displayed in towering vitrines.
Baccarat Tea Experience sets apart from other tea experiences by having their own Tea Sommelier, Gabrielle Jammal which offers guests a unique immersion in the fine art of tea through an exclusive partnership with Mariage Frères. Gabrielle Jammal is certified as a tea sommelier with the International Tea Master’s Association, her passion for tea can relate to her family heritage, by her mother’s English roots and her father’s Middle Eastern ancestry, this prompted her to develop an interest in organics and wellness as well as having a better understanding of the role that tea plays in this desired lifestyle.
Here are some of the delicious treats and dishes one can experience from the menus the Prince of Wales and An English Tea at Windsor.
Savories: Honey Crisp Apple Tartelette with Jambon and Fromage Blanc Foie Gras Mousseline with Blackberry and Pistachio Financier Filet Mignon with Horseradish Crème and Onion Fennel Roll Maine Lobster Salad with Parsnip on Black Sesame Pizzelle Savory Pain Perdu with Spinach, Mushroom and Mimolette.
Sweets: Black Orchid Mousse au Chocolat, Tartlette aux Fruits, Jasmine Pistachio Genoise, Charlotte Framboise.
Warm Housemade Sconces: with Devonshire Cream and Seasonal Gelée.
The exclusive mixes and blends of the renowned French Mariages Frères are just perfect for tea lovers. The choice of teas are the À L´Opera and Earl Grey D´or, both are delicious but also consider the Earl Grey D´or which is simply superb. The Champagne choice was Ruinart Champagne Brut Rosé NV served in the signature Baccarat fluted glasses. Overall, The presentation is just stunning, everything tasted fresh and delicious, especially the Savories. Baccarat achieved a good balance in between courses.
Since its origin, Baccarat has created exquisite products for the world’s most discriminating figures including kings, queens, tsars, sheikhs, emirs and sultans, modern moguls, designers and rock stars. The opening of the hotel marked the brand’s new evolution into a perfectly crafted lifestyle and hospitality brand. This is an NYC experience to Covet!
Address: Baccarat Hotel New York – 28 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, USA
Written by Amândio Pereira
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