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Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC

From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.

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Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon

56 Irving Place between 17th and 18th Street, Manhattan, (212) 533-4600

Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC

Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, NYC

Tucked away on a quiet block off of Union Square, high tea at Lady Mendl’s is classy but low-key, sophisticated yet unassuming. It is the quintessential spot for high tea in NYC, and it is also a great choice for events. There’s a variety of rooms available at Lady Mendl’s. What they all have in common is that they’re super girly. Think pink walls, ambient candles, floral wallpaper. Try to sit at the center table in the main dining room. It’s flanked with leather couches and next to the fireplace. Simply divine!

High tea at Lady Mendl’s is a drawn-out, five-course affair. You’ll start out with an amuse bouche (mini appetizer), followed by tea sandwiches such as curried chicken salad on pumpernickel. Next, you’ll enjoy scones with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves plus a slice of Lady Mendl’s signature cake. This is THE cake of crepes and custard that made Lady Mendl’s famous. It’s fabulous and unlike any cake you’ve had before. If your sweet tooth can handle it, you’ll then indulge in a plate of assorted cookies and chocolate covered strawberries. Tea service is $55 per person and is available Wednesday through Sunday only from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Gluten-free high tea is available upon request for a small surcharge. Reservations are accepted and recommended.

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Raised in California and North Carolina, Jen is both an actress and a writer. She loves writing fiction, especially for young adults, and exercising her non-fiction muscles through Urbanette and her chocolate blog: Chocofiles. Jen also loves adventures, yoga, live music and spontaneous dance parties.

Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Kellie

    Seriously thinking of this for my girl, but only one place offered gluten free? TY!

    • Rebecca

      The only spot with a gluten-free option on the list has a note on its website saying they no longer offer gluten-free options. Any new ones you know of? I’d really love to take my girls out for tea when we visit NYC in a couple of weeks!

  2. Gabriella Tooma

    Hello!
    I am trying to find a great, classy, brunch for my 21st birthday with my best friend. I love high tea, but also a boozy brunch would be awesome! I love dressing up classy and love to stare at a great view. Do you have anything you recommend?

    Thanks so much love your blog!

  3. Whenever I’m uptown, I always try to have meetings at a fancy tea room because they’re just so glamorous and elegant.

  4. Love this! Will definitely be trying a few on my next trip!

  5. Tami Winbush

    Next time I'm in the city I will have to make sure to try Hotel Plaza Athenee. I'm quite enamored by the dark ,warm colors. Tea would be delightful and cozy there.

  6. I'm not really a tea person but I will definitely try one of these places just for the delicious snacks! I love macaroons!! yum.

  7. Great list! I definitely want to try Bosie Tea Parlor.

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