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Top 10 Restaurants For Afternoon Tea In New York City

Top 10 Restaurants For Afternoon Tea In New York City

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Whether you’re celebrating a formal occasion or spending a relaxing afternoon experiencing this British ritual, New York City tea rooms offer a range of teas, scones, sandwiches, and pastries. Here are the top 10 places to enjoy afternoon.
Afternoon Tea | Tea & Sympathy
Tea & Sympathy

Tea & Sympathy

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Tea & Sympathy offers all the quintessential elements of an authentic British teahouse. Bringing the taste of England to the bustling streets of New York City, Tea & Sympathy has a wide array of signature blended teas, as well as more than 30 branded teas. Whether you want to order a quick tea for one or settle down for a relaxing afternoon filled with sandwiches, scones, and jams, Tea & Sympathy will make you feel as though your taxi ride has transported you to London.

Tea & Sympathy, 108 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 989 9735



Pembroke Room

If you are wishing to experience one of the best tea services in all of Manhattan, dress in your finest and make your way to the second floor of this hidden gem on the Upper East Side. While formal tearooms in New York City are rare to come by, The Pembroke Room at The Lowell hotel offers an elegant and serene dining experience. It is led by servers who are knowledgeable about all aspects of the tea-serving ritual. Not only will you enjoy sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, caviar pinwheels, and scones, but you will also be served the perfect tea to top off your meal.

Pembroke Room, 28 E 63 St New York, NY, USA +1 212 838 1400



BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman

When in New York, afternoon tea at BG Restaurant is a must. Located on the seventh floor of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman department store, BG Restaurant offers stunning views of Central Park while serving up delectable sandwiches, scones, and teas. Designed with an old-school charm, this elegant dining experience will transport you back to the classic New York City era, while still holding on to its modern day touch. Since this restaurant can quickly fill to capacity, it is highly recommended that you make advanced dining reservations prior to your visit.

BG Restaurant, 754 5th Ave New York, NY, USA +1 212 872 8977

Mandarin Oriental

Towering above the rest of Manhattan high up on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Hotel’s Lobby Lounge, the views of Mandarin Oriental are just as breathtaking as the afternoon tea experience itself. Besides the usual tea fare, Mandarin Oriental is notorious for their house-made marmalade, which accompanies their sugar scones. Mandarin Oriental’s extensive and creative menu, exceptional service, and unparalleled views of Columbus Circle makes for an unforgettable afternoon tea dining experience.

Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle New York, NY, USA +1 212 805 8800

Lady Mendl

Every afternoon at 12pm, 2.30pm, and 5pm, Lady Mendl offers a five-course “Royal Tea Service.” It begins with an amuse-bouche, followed by tea sandwiches and scones. Then there are two final courses of desserts, which feature Lady Mendl’s signature cake. The usual three-tier setup is served one course at a time. Tucked inside an Irving Place Townhouse, this place requires reservations for those wishing to dine here.

Lady Mendl, 56 Irving Pl New York, NY, USA +1 212 533 6400



The Ritz Carlton, Central Park

At The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park, guests are invited to, “relax and unwind in this restorative afternoon ritual featuring a wide selection of specialty teas complemented by sweet and savory delicacies.” Served up are scones straight from the oven. These warm, golden, sugar-dusted treats are perfectly paired with Devonshire cream and blueberry jam. Then divulge in finger sandwiches petit fours, as you sip on the wide range of tea blends The Ritz has to offer from “T” Tea Company. Reservations required.

The Ritz-Carlton, 50 Central Park South New York, NY, USA +1 212 308 9100

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel

Held within the sophisticated design space of A Taj Hotel’s Two E Bar/Lounge, The Pierre presents its guests with a choice between traditional tea service and sweet tea service. With traditional tea service, guests will enjoy finger sandwiches, ginger scones, coffee rum cake, lemon meringues, and fruit tarts. However, if you are in the mood for smaller tastings, the sweet tea service offers a simplified platter of fresh scones and pastries. With herbal loose teas from around the world, and the added option of champagne, The Pierre makes an exceptionally chic getaway for afternoon tea.

The Pierre, 2 E 61st St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 838 8000


Often referred to as East Village’s “Matcha and Mochi Gem,” Cha-An offers a Japanese take on the traditional style of afternoon tea. Even if you are not a tea drinker, guests will be sure to find comfort inside Cha-An’s serene and rustic Japanese tea house setting. From hand-whisked matcha to earl grey scones infused with tea leaves, Cha-An is a cultural hideaway from the chaotic streets of New York City.

Cha-An, 230 E 9th St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 228 8030

Madhatters in the Looking Glass Room | Alice's Tea Cup
Madhatters in the Looking Glass Room

Alice’s Tea Cup

If you are looking to dine with character, Alice’s Tea Cup is your one-stop destination for a mad tea party. Whether you are in the mood for a small bite to eat (The Nibble), or are looking to feast on unlimited scones and sandwiches (The Jabberwocky), this Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant has everything your imagination can conjure. The eclectic atmosphere, cozy setting, and mismatched tea cups will transport you straight in to Wonderland.

Alice’s Tea Cup, 156 E 64th St, New York, NY +1 212 486 9200

Bosie Bakery

With more than 100 hand-sourced and blended loose leaf teas developed by Tea Master Kiley Holliday, Bosie Bakery is the best deal for afternoon tea in the city. Visitors can enjoy a full afternoon tea set complete with hand-crafted macarons by third-generation French Pastry Chef, Damien Herrgott. Using only the freshest and organic ingredients, Bosie’s teas, pastries, cakes, and macarons are unparalleled.

Bosie Bakery, 2132 2nd Ave, New York, NY +1 646 490 5403