AFTERNOON TEA IN MANHATTAN
- josephml1 Sep 29, 2007 11:09 AM
PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT A GOOD AFTERNOON TEA IN MANHATTAN...
PLEASE MENTION WHAT IS INCLUDED, HOW MUCH COST AND WHERE.
THANK YOU EVERYONE.
Maze at the London Hotel has traditional English style afternoon tea with sandwiches scones and tea. You can check out their website for menu. It's $35 per person.
Le Pain Quotidien doesn't have an afternoon tea, per se. They serve tea. They serve pastry. Having the two at the same time isn't afternoon tea.
The capital of the proper tea in this city would have to be Tea and Sympathy, a small English owned and operated restaurant in the West Village. For $30 you get tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and cakes. You could also go to Arabelle at the Hotel Plaza Athenée for a more luxurious $38 tea which includes tiers of scones and breads, tea sandwiches, pastries and chocolates along with the usual preserves and clotted cream. Other hotels also serve very luxurious teas, usually with light variations on the same theme, all within the same price range. You could try the Essex House or even the St. Regis for good teas.
-I second the vote for Tea and Sympathy.
-Also check out any one of the three locations of Alice's Tea Cup (http://alicesteacup.com/) - it's an Alice in Wonderland themed tea salon.
-High Chai Tea Room on Avenue B b/w 2nd and 3rd - they do afternoon Russian, English, or Chinese tea.
-And here's a list of some other places that serve afternoon tea.
I've been a big fan of Danal on East 10th Street - $25/person, reservations required, Fridays and Saturdays at 4:30 required. Cozy room, you get a pot of tea of your choice, savory dishes (usually a mini-quiche, tea sandwiches), scones and cream, and a dessert. They let you linger for hours! Have also heard good things about Lady Mendl's, but that it's more expensive as is the tea at the Mandarin Oriental.
Lady Mendl's is wonderful. The atmosphere is lovely and the food and service are great. It is pricey, but with so many courses of yummy goodness (salad, scones with delicious clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and dessert) you won't be able to eat again for the rest of the day anyway...