There must be few things in life more luxurious and refined than an afternoon at the Ritz. Even as a young girl, I dreamed of one day waltzing into the elegant hotels (adorned with mink muffs and pearl strands, perhaps right after a visit to Tiffany’s) for tea for two. As I grew older and busier, the idea of taking afternoon tea became even more special but always remains on my radar of must-do things.
Last weekend when I was in Boston with my best friend, we made a reservation for cupcake tea at the Ritz in Boston Common. Served in the hotel’s grand Gallery space, afternoon tea at the Boston Ritz was the decidedly more charming, whimsical cousin to its formal English counterpart. In classic Ritz style, service was impeccable and unhurried but also casual, friendly and relaxing. An assortment of tea is served with a seasonal selection of mini cupcakes next to the cozy fireplace. Because we were also hotel guests, we were each comped a glass of champagne- simply making afternoon tea the most perfect meal of the day. I highly recommend trying the caramel pear black tea– an aromatic, light brew that perfectly complemented the cupcakes.
You can make an occasion out of afternoon tea- as it would be the perfect beginning to a bridal or baby shower. Or you can simply make it a Saturday tradition with your friends and family. Afternoon tea is also child friendly with a dedicated children’s menu that offers 3 cupcakes and a variety of fun toppings.
Cupcake tea is currently $20 at the Boston Ritz every Saturday (1-3PM) afternoon and $25 at New York’s Central Park Ritz (11AM-4PM) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Starting on November 27, however, holiday pricing will go into effect with Boston tea priced at $22 and New York at $28 per person. In my opinion, it is still one of the cheapest and chicest ways to spend a few hours at the Ritz, and a not-to-miss occasion for locals and visitors alike.
You can make seating reservations for Boston at 617-574-7184 and New York at 212-521-6125.
Be sure to check out the menu below!
Cupcake Tea includes flight of five petit cupcakes and your choice of Mighty Leaf Tea, Hot Chocolate or one non-alcoholic beverage
Chocolate Peppermint Patty-Cake
Rich Chocolate Cupcake, Peppermint Crème, Topped with Peppermint Patty
Fluffy Vanilla Cupcake, Creamy Egg Nog Custard, Chantilly Cream, Topped with Fresh Nutmeg
New England Caramel Apple
Cupcake Baked with Locally Grown Apples, Sweet Caramelized Apples, Sticky Caramel Glaze
Ginger Spice Cupcake, Homemade Cranberry Compote, Traditional Cream Cheese Icing
Boston Cream Pie
Vanilla Sponge Cupcake, Fresh Pastry Cream, Valrhona Chocolate Glaze
Tea Menu- New York
Flight of Five Assorted Mini Cupcakes and Choice of Ritz-Carlton Blend Tea, Hot Chocolate, Milk or one non-alcoholic beverage
Rudolph’s Red Velvet
Rich Red Velvet Cupcake, Traditional Cream Cheese Frosting
The Caramel Apple
Granny Smith Apple Cupcake, Fresh Whipped Cream, Sugar & Spice Crumble, Topped with Caramel Sauce
Fluffy Devil’s Food Cupcake, Homemade Marshmallow Frosting, Graham Cracker Crumbs, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
The Great Pumpkin
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcake, Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, Topped with Luscious Vermont Maple Frosting
Holiday Candy Explosion
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Confetti Cupcake, Vanilla Buttercream, Topped with Holiday Candy Favorites