Best Afternoon Tea NYC
Located at 56 Irving Place, Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon with a view toward the waiting area
Afternoon tea emerged sometime between the 1830’s and 1840’s. So says the book “A Social History of Tea” by Jane Pettigrew, the well–known tea historian. Since lunch was light, and dinner no earlier than 7:30 pm, it was that pleasant bit of sustenance in mid–day. Called “Low Tea” because of the low chairs and tables, the offerings have not changed much over time, consisting of crustless finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and other nibbles, in addition to a full complement of teas. It was very much a part of the fabric of the time, and has lasted, in various forms and in many Countries, through today.
Generally beginning sometime after 3 pm, Afternoon Tea in New York City runs the gamut, from the formal to the funky. Some with a bit of an ethnic twist and some designed specifically for kids. Some require sophisticated casual attire and others are just plain casual. Held in hotels and restaurants, they conjure up images of days gone by. But in fact, it is a wonderful break in our modern-day life, when friends can meet without the time and commitment of dinner, or without the noise you might find having a drink in a bar. It is a time and place where the frenetic urban air is left at the door. We’ve picked out twenty–five places, in no particular order, for you to have your Afternoon Tea, and hope you will add to our list with your favorites.
You will be surrounded by gilded paintings, crystal chandeliers and antique furnishings while having your Afternoon Tea at The King’s Carriage House. Located at 251 East 82nd Street, this adorable two–story brick structure resembles an English Country House. Afternoon Tea is offered Tuesday through Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm. If you would prefer to take tea at your home or office, they now offer something new on the menu “Tea Party To Go”.