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Jan 30, 2012 11:23 AM

Looking for the best high tea in Manhattan . . . .

I am looking to see what you wonderful Chowhound's consider to be the best high tea in Manhattan. I've been to Lady Mendl's many times, which I love. Every since the Plaza Hotel has been bastardized, I won't step foot in it. Has anyone tried high tea in the Pembroke Room at the Lowell Hotel? Thanks for all your help . . . . . .

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  1. Actually the Palm Court at the Plaza looks great but I won't go until they sort out the Oak Bar fiasco.

    Palm Court
    768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Oak Bar
    10 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: bronwen

      I took a walk through the Plaza recently, and I feel it has lost all it's soul. The Palm Court had the worst lighting I had ever seen -- very , very bright and terribly cold looking. Yes, the Oak Bar situation is sad. I loved the old Plaza, I just can't get into the new Plaza with no soul.

    2. BG (7th floor @ Bergdorf Goodman) has a great high tea - $35/person includes tea, sandwiches, petit fours, scones.

      BG Restaurant
      754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      1. I've had afternoon tea at the Pembroke and it was lovely. The room itself isn't very big but it does have a nice intimate atmosphere if you want to have quiet conversations. The food was pretty good too and the service was wonderful.

        My personal favorite in the city is at the Astor Court at the St. Regis, but over the weekend I had tea at the Pierre Hotel's Two E Bar and that was terrific too.

        Astor Court
        2 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

        1. The Mandarin Oriental has a tea service every afternoon at the Lobby Lounge, the view and the room are lovely but I haven't tried the tea yet.

          Lobby Lounge
          80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: Toot

            +1 for the Mandarin Oriental Lobby Lounge. Lovely view, great room. I'm not a tea afficionado but my GF is and she loves it there.

            Lobby Lounge
            80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

          2. The Morgan Cafe @ The Morgan library gets good reviews for it's High Tea. I've never been there for tea but the space is awesome.

            Morgan Cafe
            225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016