Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC
From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.
Astor Court at the St. Regis Hotel
2 E. 55th Street at Fifth Avenue, Manhattan,
Named after its builder, John Jacob Astor, high tea at the Astor Court at the St. Regis Hotel is a traditional high tea experience without being stuffy. The setting is intimate with much attention given to the details. There are only fifteen linen-topped tables available. The intricately painted walls, plushly cushioned chairs, custom-made china and exquisite, ambient chandeliers all create a sense of timeless luxury. An added bonus: live music often accompanies high tea.
Whereas most high teas serve all edibles at once, high tea at the Astor Court is served in two stages. This emphasizes the slow, leisurely pace that often characterizes high tea, making guests feel that they can truly settle in and enjoy. First, dainty finger sandwiches are served to guests individually, as opposed to on a communal plate. Guests are also served tea individually, each receiving their own tea kettle and pitcher of cream. This is followed by a tiered tray of scones, petit fours and other sweets, such as almond pineapple tea cake. Scones are served with the traditional Devonshire cream and jam, as well as lemon curd, which offers a tart, slightly off-the-beaten path option. Guests can choose from over 20 different types of tea including a St. Regis Blend, which combines Keemun and Ceylon tea with bergamot and blackcurrants. Tea is $55 per person, $70 with a glass of champagne, and is served daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.