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Feb 15, 2010 12:43 PM

High Tea?

Please tell me where I can enjoy high tea service in Manhattan.
Thank you.

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  1. Lady Mendl's Tea Salon. One of the loveliest tea salons in Manhattan with old world charm. The service is gracious and accommodating with an excellent selection of teas, properly steeped and served at perfect temperature.

    Lady Mendl's Tea Salon
    56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

    1. I assume you are referring to afternoon tea, and not high tea ( If that is the case, most of the better hotels serve tea. Among my favorites are the St. Regis and the Ritz Carleton, Central Park South. Other hotels to try are the Plaza and the Pierre. Also, on the Upper East Side you can try King's Carriage House, which is very nice.

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      1. re: demo5

        Just an FYI: The Pierre is no longer serving tea in the salon, it is now in the bar and is rather inelegant.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          That is terrible news. The Rotunda was was the main attraction to having tea there. I was going to take my family there after a couple of years but will now be looking for a new place to go.

      2. Demo5 is quite right. The posh tea service one has around 4pm is called "afternoon tea" or just "tea", tout court. "High tea" is used in America by Americans wanting to sound posh, but high tea is really a rather low meal. It is working-class supper, usually consisting of meat (a chop or some such), veg, dessert and of course tea.

        1. BG (restaurant on 7th floor at Bergdorf Goodman)
          Crosby Bar