[New York] Afternoon Tea at Bergdorf Goodman

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Bergdorf Goodman Restaurant | BG Tea Service
Address: 5th Ave at 58th (BG Women’s Store – 7th Floor), New York, NY 10019
Date visited: 2013.01 (tea service 3-5pm)
Total bill: $35 + tip per person
Verdict: Food is ordinary but you are paying for good atmosphere and service
Will return: No (good one time experience)

The BG Restaurant is located on the 7th floor of Bergdorf’s Women’s Store on 5th (there is a Men’s Store across the street). A reservation is highly recommended because this area is tourist central and when we arrived at 4pm (which I thought would be down time), the restaurant was packed. I previously made a reservation for two so we were seated as soon as we arrived.

My friend and I opted for the $35 per person tea service. There is also a $50 per person option that is the exact same set but adds a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV.

Since price is on a per person basis, each person gets their own pot of tea. I defaulted to Earl Grey. Service was attentive and offered more hot water when my tea ran out.

Earl Grey Tea at Bergdorf’s

The tray comes in three levels (top to bottom):
– Muffins, brownies, and petite sweets.
– Macarons, cranberry scones, devonshire cream, and fruit preservatives.
– Mini sandwiches, smoked salmon on toast, cheese on toast.

Keep in mind the selection varies from day to day so you may not get this specific combination.

We worked our way from the bottom up. All the sandwiches were simple and decent. The scones were warm, which was a minor but nice touch. The top level of sweets wasn’t anything spectacular; that was the only level we did not finish.

Bergdorf’s Afternoon Tea Tray

The service was really great from beginning to end. We had a few servers come by to check on us throughout even though our table was relatively low maintenance. The food was ordinary but this place provides a great atmosphere and you are really paying for the experience. It is definitely worth trying once if you are shopping on 5th.