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“Best Afternoon Tea in NYC”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of King Cole Bar

King Cole Bar
Ranked #1,202 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 55th Street and 5th Avenue
Transit: 4-5-6 train at 59th street or 6 train at 51st street.
Description: This fashionable restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner under exquisite raised ceilings. THE VAULT features Maxfield Parrish's masterpiece and The King Cole mural.
Toronto, Ontario
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best Afternoon Tea in NYC”
Reviewed March 19, 2009

This place is fabulous for tea. Very glitzy and formal. A perfect traditional setting for tea. The service is wonferful, the staff are so friendly. The quality of the tea is perfect and more importantly the guitarist is a lovely compliment to tea time. I am a regular and would certainly go back in a heartbeat!

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Thank tcoop92
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food and a reasonable price in a very nice setting at the St. Regis Hotel.”
Reviewed February 25, 2009

Great food and a reasonable price in a very nice setting at the St. Regis Hotel.

Thank rigarcia90
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A Great Treat in the city !!”
Reviewed January 17, 2009

My friend and I attended the high tea during Christmas season. As the previous reviewer states, very high class and relaxing.

I did feel that the food given was rather small compared to a tea house in my area that I frequent. The tea itself was delish and the sandwichs were a bit bland, I agree. However for 2 people with champagne paying $155 it should be over-the top. The atmosphere was wonderful and we also had a harp player. The hotel was decorated for the holiday seemed out of a postcard.

I would tell those to try the experience just once as it is a real treat. Do not expect to get full on the food, enjoy the atmosphere and relax. I don't think I would go back again but overall a neat experience in the city that I am glad I tried.

Thank Shooz13
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Long Island, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Christmas High Tea at Astor Court”
Reviewed December 27, 2008

Picture it. Afternoon tea the day before Christmas Eve: Astor Court's gorgeous room, attentive service, silver, crystal, candles - perfect scones served at perfect temperature with perfect Devonshire cream. A perfect launch to a New York City Christmas with my elderly mom.

Only one tiny complaint - the savories were out of balance with the magnificent sweets. There were many more sweets than savories. (To some like me, that is no problem.) The tea sandwiches were a bit bland and lacked variety. But that won't stop us from going back.

Located in the St Regis Hotel on Fifth Ave, Astor Court is a very special adult place to go when you need to feel like a special adult, or want to make someone else feel special. 'Adult' is the key word here.

Splurge on the champagne offered with the tea! You deserve it! It's Manhattan at Christmas - you can't get much better than this! After tea stroll down Fifth to take in the famous windows, Saint Pat's, the fabulous Rockefeller tree - all just steps away.

And please smile at the Astor Court staff - they deal with crabby self-absorbed people all day. You might be surprised how warm the response will be.

3 Thank Muddahof03
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