Please help! Afternoon tea or dessert bar
I am a NY hound and will be visiting DC soon.
I will have lunch @ Adour and dinner @ Minibar.
I would like to have either afternoon tea or some desserts in between, but since I will be in DC on a weekday, most afternoon tea places I would like to try are not open. (i.e., Willard's Peacock Alley, The Jefferson, The Mansion on O Street, etc)
For dessert, I have already tried Coco Sala before and loved it.
Any other suggestions for afternoon tea or desserts?
P.S.> Is Union Market worth visiting?
Thanks in advance!
I just received an email that the Willard will be offering a Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea seven days a week from March 20 to April 14. Check the Willard's site for times, and reservations are always recommended. I have had their holiday tea for many years, and it is one of the best in the area. If you're not visiting during that time, you might try the Four Seasons (Georgetown), or the Ritz Carlton (between midtown and Georgetown). I can't vouch for whether they still offer afternoon tea, but it's worth a look at their web site or a phone call. Barring that, try Teaism (Dupont Circle), which offers/offered (sorry I am not more current on this) an Asian-style tea in the afternoon.
The Post article confirms that Teaism still serves tea. New Yorker should note that the Ellicott City location is about 30 miles from downtown DC. The Hill article makes me want to scream. What local hotels serve, with full tea service, dainty sandwiches, and sweets, is afternoon tea. High tea is closer to what we might call supper.
Kafe Leopold + Konditorei is a great place to have an excellent slice of cake and Meinl coffee. http://www.kafeleopolds.com/
Union Market is worth a visit, for sure. Just keep your expectations in check. The salmon BLT from the smoked meat stand and a cone from Trickling Springs creamery are a good way to nosh away an afternoon. Follow with a coffee from Peregine Espresso. The baba ghanoush from the Mediterranean stand is quite good, too. I like some of the shops there as well (e.g., home decor @Salt), but overall, things strike me as quite overpriced.
FWIW, I was very underwhelmed by Adour. At that price point, everything should be delicious and perfect. We went at Restaurant Week (but had a late reservation, so it wasn't as if they were overwhelmed), and the food was pretty lacking. Gorgeous modern decor, though.