Can you recomend a place for afternoon tea this weekend? Wanted to try Payard, but it's closed
Went back to the Pierre for tea after being away for a few years. DO NOT GO THERE! The tea is no longer in the Rotunda, but in the bar. There is no longer a long wonderful tea menu. There are no longer servers who know how to serve tea. And there are no longer any refills on the sandwiches. The smoked salmon and the crab sandwiches remain good, the rest are mediocre. The desserts were ok not great. The price, at $55 a person, is higher than ever. What a disappointing rip-off! Go to Lady Mendl's instead.
Second the Pierre. Went there with a few friends a couple of years ago. food/tea was very good and the atmosphere was quite pleasant.
i'm not a fan of alice's tea cup, i don't find the food or service to be very good, and the atmosphere is not for me. but it certainly has its fans.
for something different and a little more 'country' in feel, you could try Podunk. a tiny place in the east village, where everything has a homey feel. it's sort of self-service in the sense that you need to go up to the counter to pick up your food and tea as it is ready. so it's not exactly the same experience as you would get at one of the hotels or restaurants.
Payard is a real loss. But there are other great places for tea.
- Alice's Teacup - 2 or 3 different locations. I've only been to the one on E. 64 St near Lexington. It's a bit twee and can be overrun with people having birthday parties for their little girls but they always find a place to put adults without children where you won't be bothered. Their scones are amazing.
- Tea and Sympathy - on Greenwich Street. A completely different vibe. Funky and crowded but authentic.
- Four Seasons - They used to do an afternoon tea in the bar area off the lobby. It's fantastic and the setting is superb.
There you go - three very different options. Each of them good in different ways.