We’ve all experienced the afternoon slump around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Well, the Brits did us all a big favor and invented afternoon tea to add some energy into your midday routine. New York does tea time as elegant and luxurious as the best of them, so here are our picks for the best places to grab a cup of your favorite tea with a side of scones and finger sandwiches.
1 The Gallery at the Carlyle Hotel
The exotic and beautiful Gallery inside the iconic Carlyle Hotel is the backdrop for one of the most luxurious afternoon teas in the city. They pour exotic teas from Assam to Lapsang Souchang, alongside every tea treat your heart could desire. Enjoy traditional sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and French pastries from Payard from 3 to 5:30 p.m. every afternoon.
2 Lady Mendl's
Lady Mendl's in the elegant Inn at Irving Place transports you to another time. The tea salon recreates a Victorian tea experience with a full five-course afternoon tea. The experience is quiet, reserved and exactly what you would expect from an authentic British tea. There is a main tea room and three more private spaces for intimate events.
3 Astor Court at the St. Regis Hotel
The classy St. Regis Hotel is a beautiful setting for a luxe afternoon tea. Surrounded by Porthault linens, Limoges china and Waterford crystal, you will feel catered to as you sip from their assortment of two dozen teas and nibble savory finger sandwiches, small tarts, petit fours and warm scones. And if you want to take it up a notch, you can order your afternoon tea service with Champagne.
4 Four Seasons Hotel
Sit by the Four Seasons' stunning fireplace and sip on a hot cup of tea. Whether or not you are a tea-lover, you will find something on this list to your liking; the restaurant offers everything from exotic lapsang souchong to a mild blissful blueberry. Alongside your beverage, we suggest trying their warm sugar baked scones with cream and strawberry vanilla jam.
5 Alice's Tea Cup
For a tea service where you can bring along the entire family, Alice's Tea Cup on the Upper East Side is the perfect choice. The cozy and whimsical tea room, which is designed with Alice in Wonderland in mind, serves up excellent scones to accompany pages and pages of tea options.