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High Tea Suggestions?

kam0424 Mar 10, 2008 01:31 PM

I would like some suggestions for a nice high tea experience. I was planning on tea at the Plaza for Sunday, but underestimated the high demand reservations would be in since the reopening! It's a party of 3 women, varying in age range, who love a good tea with scones and the whole bit. Any ideas?

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    rrems RE: kam0424 Mar 10, 2008 08:21 PM

    I have not been there, but Lady Mendl's Tea Salon on Irving Place is supposed to be quite the place for afternoon tea, which I think is what you are referring to. High tea is an early supper with which tea is served, not the finger sandwiches and scones etc. type.

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      bladerobbins RE: rrems Mar 11, 2008 12:25 PM

      Lady Mendl's is wonderful. Lovely space and so much delicious food.

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      cidonie RE: kam0424 Mar 11, 2008 06:03 AM

      If you are looking for afternoon tea, I suggest http://www.ariumcafe.com/ or the St. Regis - those are my favs in NYC.

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        judyleiber RE: kam0424 Mar 11, 2008 06:48 AM

        I believe Payard (upper east side) has a nice tea and also Alice's Tea Cup (upper west side)

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          bronwen RE: judyleiber Mar 11, 2008 07:19 AM

          Ritz Carlton does one, the Pierre might (I personally love that hotel).

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            cidonie RE: bronwen Mar 11, 2008 11:37 AM

            The Pierre does do one, and the room is amazing. This is what their tea looks like - unfortunately, not one of the items is particularly good.

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          kobetobiko RE: kam0424 Mar 11, 2008 08:32 AM

          On top of the ones mentioned, Mandarin Oriental also has one. As does Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel

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            cidonie RE: kobetobiko Mar 11, 2008 11:35 AM

            I don't recommend the Mandarin Oriental one other than for the view. The scones are blah and they give sort of a creamy topping - not devonshire cream. This is what it looks like:

          2. asianbun RE: kam0424 Mar 11, 2008 09:49 AM

            this is an "alternative" suggestion, but proper tea in a homey, english-cottage-like setting that is also freshly baked and delish is Podunk on 5th street at 2nd ave. They serve high tea with all the accoutrements; only in an environment that is more shabby chic than Plaza hotel. It's a great hidden gem. Prices are not cheap, but the food is fresh and the scones with strawberries are td4. you smell warm sweet goodness when you walk in.

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              PeppermintCrisp RE: asianbun Mar 11, 2008 10:40 AM

              Any of the Alice's Tea Cups...or Lady M Confections.

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                kam0424 RE: asianbun Mar 11, 2008 06:14 PM

                Sounds amazing! Thanks for all the wonderful responses, keep them coming!

              2. floretbroccoli RE: kam0424 Mar 11, 2008 03:21 PM

                It's been years since I've been there, but The Peninsula Hotel used to serve a delicious and elegant afternoon tea. Has anybody been lately?

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                  lisettte RE: kam0424 Mar 12, 2008 10:33 PM

                  I hear good things about the T box at Takashamaya Department Store. Has anyone been there?

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