Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC
From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.
Fancy Tea Spots
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
768 Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Street, Manhattan, (212) 546-5300
High tea at the Plaza is a chic, elegant affair, sure to make a fond memory for the young and old alike. Its wingback chairs, marble columns and dramatic vaulted stained glass ceiling all add to its sense of stateliness, tradition and luxury.
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel offers a variety of tea services. There’s a significant variety is what is offered in one versus another, so the Palm Court is a great option if you or your companion have a particular palette. The Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages ($55 per person) and the New Yorker ($65 per person) each consist of three courses: sandwiches, scones and sweets. The Fitzgerald Tea is best for tea “purists.” It offers traditional fare such as cucumber and egg salad sandwiches. The New Yorker is, well, centered around items that are famous in New York. It features pressed pastrami and lox. Both teas serve scones with genuine Double Devonshire cream, lemon curd and preserves. My personal favorite, the Chocolate Tea ($60 per person), includes a fondue course, scones with Nutella Double Devonshire cream and sweets. For all of these teas, guests can choose from a list of 13 loose leaf teas including two Plaza Signature Blends, a Breakfast Tea and an Afternoon Tea. Champagne or sherry is available for an extra $22-$25 per person.
Finally, the Eloise Tea ($35 per child, $50 per adult) offers kid-friendly sandwiches, scones and sweets. It is served with a choice of pink lemonade or peppermint iced tea — both are delicious (not too sweet) and super refreshing. It’s the perfect fancy-but-not-too-fancy experience for you and your little one. All tea services are available daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and they do take reservations.