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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.

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    idia Sep 29, 2007 01:17 PM

    Le Pain Quotidien has a good line of teas, some organic, and a lovely choice of pastries.

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      kobetobiko Sep 29, 2007 03:54 PM

      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.

      1. JungMann Oct 1, 2007 06:43 AM

        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.

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          scarlet starlet Oct 1, 2007 09:13 AM

          -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.
          http://gonyc.about.com/od/restaurants...

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            kam0424 Oct 2, 2007 11:26 AM

            I second Alice's, the scones are amazing! Although i havent tried the others so they might be just as good.

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          BaronessCore Oct 1, 2007 11:02 AM

          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.

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            bladerobbins Oct 2, 2007 11:32 AM

            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...

          2. josephml1 Oct 2, 2007 08:36 AM

            THAT SOUNDS LIKE EXCELLENT CHOICES THANK YOU FOR MENTION IT.

            1. doona Oct 2, 2007 08:52 AM

              I really want to try Franchia. Anyone been there?

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                Lady Grey Oct 2, 2007 09:05 AM

                I haven't been there, but my impression from walking by and looking at their menu was that they were more of a trendy place with a focus on tea as a drink, not a place for classic afternoon tea as a meal.

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                  alc Oct 2, 2007 02:26 PM

                  My partner and I have been to Franchia for a late lunch (about 15:00) and loved it. The room was beautiful and quiet, the tea served with care, and the vegetarian food delicious. We look forward to going back. But: This is not "afternoon tea service" of the sort served at the places described in the previous posts. This is a vegetarian Korean restaurant with a large assortment of mostly green and oolong teas. (They do have some black teas as well.) No scones; tea sandwiches, tiers of cookies, &c. We had various dumplings and noodles.

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                  pellegrino31 Oct 2, 2007 02:30 PM

                  I've had afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Lincoln Center. It's held in their lounge on the 35th floor which is an amazing setting and offers a fantastic view. The tea is of course Asian-inspired so if you're looking for a more traditional English tea then it might not be the one for you. We thought it was great.

                  I think the cost was something like $35 per person which included tea and savory and sweet dishes. Only hotel guests can make reservations (we were not guests but didn't have any trouble getting a table). After our tea, we enjoyed a glass of champagne - not included in the price but well worth the additional cost.

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