Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC
From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.
Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
56 Irving Place between 17th and 18th Street, Manhattan, (212) 533-4600
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.