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.
Tea & Sympathy
Cafe, Tea Room, British, $$$
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Tea & Sympathy
offers all the quintessential elements of an authentic British teahouse. Bringing the taste of England to the bustling streets of New York City, Tea & Sympathy has a wide array of signature blended teas, as well as more than 30 branded teas. Whether you want to order a quick tea for one or settle down for a relaxing afternoon filled with sandwiches, scones, and jams, Tea & Sympathy will make you feel as though your taxi ride has transported you to London.
Tea Room, Restaurant, British, European, Tea , $$$
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.
BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman
Restaurant, Tea Room, Tea , Fusion, $$$
When in New York, afternoon tea at BG Restaurant
is a must. Located on the seventh floor of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman department store, BG Restaurant offers stunning views of Central Park while serving up delectable sandwiches, scones, and teas. Designed with an old-school charm, this elegant dining experience will transport you back to the classic New York City era, while still holding on to its modern day touch. Since this restaurant can quickly fill to capacity, it is highly recommended that you make advanced dining reservations prior to your visit.
Towering above the rest of Manhattan high up on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Hotel’s Lobby Lounge, the views of Mandarin Oriental
are just as breathtaking as the afternoon tea experience itself. Besides the usual tea fare, Mandarin Oriental is notorious for their house-made marmalade, which accompanies their sugar scones. Mandarin Oriental’s extensive and creative menu, exceptional service, and unparalleled views of Columbus Circle makes for an unforgettable afternoon tea dining experience.
Tea Room, British, $$$
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.
The Star Lounge, The Ritz Carlton, Central Park
Tea Room, Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, American
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.
Two E Bar at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel
Tea Room, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, American, British, none
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.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Often referred to as East Village’s “Matcha and Mochi Gem,” Cha-An
offers a Japanese take on the traditional style of afternoon tea. Even if you are not a tea drinker, guests will be sure to find comfort inside Cha-An’s serene and rustic Japanese tea house setting. From hand-whisked matcha to earl grey scones infused with tea leaves, Cha-An is a cultural hideaway from the chaotic streets of New York City.
Alice's Tea Cup
Restaurant, Tea Room, American, British, $$$
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.
Bakery, Tea Room, American, none
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.