|Posh American hotels offer delightful upscale versions of afternoon tea, including some -- like The Plaza's "Eloise," with its colorful shortbread pastries -- just for kids.|
Price: $48-$78 per person ($28-$58 for kids under 12)
The Plaza offers perhaps America's best-known afternoon tea, held every day in the hotel's recently renovated $6.5 million Palm Court restaurant. A scene in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby involves two characters enjoying afternoon tea at the Palm Court. The Eloise series of children's books -- about a fictional 6-year-old girl who supposedly lives at the Plaza -- also helped make the Palm Court's tea service famous. These days, the restaurant offers four prix-fixe tea menus: "The Classic," "The New Yorker," "The Eloise Tea" and "The Chocolate Tea." The $48 Classic menu features pastries, warm scones and a selection of tea sandwiches ranging from truffled quail-egg salad to Maine lobster with sturgeon caviar.