When you think New York, maybe you don’t automatically think “fancy afternoon tea” like I do. You might think “Carrie Bradshaw” or “Bergdorf Goodman” or “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Those are all good, too, but I think of tea.
I love tea! Everywhere I go, I search for afternoon tea. Sometimes, it finds me. Often times, I hunt it down like half price Jimmy Choos. If you’re travelling to New York City, you really must have tea there. There’s a sort of old world, quiet elegance to these tea rooms that only New York could provide.
The Palm Court at The Plaza
This one is a little obvious. I try to attend tea here at least once a year. Some years, like 2012, there are themed menus – that year it was The Great Gatsy themed. However, you can always depend on a classic menu, exquisite tea options, and good service. Order: The Eloise Menu, just because its fun. Wear: A dress and flats – no need to be very formal.
The Carlyle has been a New York staple, long before Pippa Middleton stayed there. Afternoon tea is hosted in The Gallery, a room where time has truly stopped around 1920. The elegant decor and rich colors transport you, while the elegant menu and exotic teas melt your cares away. Order: The Earl Grey Supreme. Wear: Something from Lady Mary’s closet.
Alice’s Tea Cup
This isn’t the most formal setting, but it might be the most fun. Alice’s Tea Cup is a cheeky, playful tea room. This is the perfect place to bring your favorite little girl, or your favorite girlfriend. Enjoy the fun decor and menu, all with an Alice in Wonderland theme! A bit of fun in the big city. Order: The Jabberwocky. Wear: A cardigan and a bow in your hair.
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
The name itself makes you feel all prim and proper. Lady Mendl’s is situated in the Inn at Irving Place and boasts a classic Victorian decor scheme. You really must be at your Queen Mary best, and never stir your tea in a circle! Brush up on Debrett’s before making a reservation, and don’t be late! Order: extra clotted cream. Wear: a pretty day dress and nice shoes. Maybe even a hat.