Tea is a great alternative to coffee, especially for those in need of some afternoon relaxation. If you’re looking for a posh place to enjoy a herbal refreshment, we know just the direction to point you in. Check out our picks for the Top 5 Places for Tea in New York City.
1 The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious coffee spots in Manhattan. If you’ve never told anyone that you’re having tea at The Plaza, your life just isn’t complete. Celebrities and socialites frequent the Palm Court for afternoon tea and some schmoozing. Sit in their expansive lounge, with gold and glass décor, palm trees, and plenty of fine china and enjoy the most luxurious tea of your life.
Locally owned and operated, this authentic French bakery has some of the best tea in town. Their fresh baked croissants, decadent fruit tarts and adorable décor make this place a perfect spot for afternoon tea. They carry everything from English Breakfast to special fruity blends, and it all comes with your very own silver pot of steaming hot water and plenty of add-ons to sweeten the deal. Sit at a table and enjoy the intimate setting – you’ll instantly be transported back to Old Paris and are sure to forget about the hustle and bustle of the busy city life.
3 Sant Ambroeus
This Madison Avenue haute spot serves afternoon tea with a Milanese twist. Served from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Italian sandwiches, pastries, and even wines are offered during afternoon tea along with the more traditional stuff. The décor is simple and elegant and you’ll find some of your favorite celebrities relaxing with a warm cup of tea in hand. Feel free to sit and stay the afternoon, you’re no longer sipping on the New York Minute here!
4 Alice’s Tea Cup
If you’re looking for a magical tea experience, this is the place. Alice’s Tea Cup has multiple locations, but our favorite is the one on the Upper West Side. The décor is whimsical with its Alice in Wonderland theme. Their tea list is extensive, along with yummy entrees and divine pastries. If you’re looking for a cup of tea to match the strength of a cup of coffee, try the African Dew – it’s sure to keep you going throughout the day. The staff is fun and friendly and will make sure that this is one of the best tea experiences of your life.
5 The Russian Tea Room
Founded by the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, this restaurant offers one of the most luxurious tea drinking experiences in town. High Tea and Royal High Tea are both served from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily and are frequented by NYC’s elite crowd. Pick from their list of specialty teas, sandwiches, and assorted scones. For caviar lovers, we recommend Royal High Tea, which features Russian Osetra.