The hustle and bustle of Manhattan can take a toll on anyone, and when it does, there’s no better (and hauter) way to unwind than afternoon tea. So for those extra stressful days, or times you want to gather with friends, consider a relaxing, elegant and calm hour of tea, scones and sandwiches. To make things easier, Haute Living has carefully crafted the ultimate guide to afternoon tea in The Big Apple.
The Plaza Hotel
768 5th Avenue
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Known for its unparalleled splendor, The Plaza only offers the crème de la crème, especially when it comes to their high tea at The Palm Court. Choose from their set menus, like The New Yorker and Eloise Tea, for savory snacks and sweet treats to accompany their premium loose-leaf teas.
2 E 61st Street
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Sip on the off-menu “Warm Sunrise”—a harmonious blend of chamomile, cinnamon, fresh lemon and orange, and honey—while you sample their delicious caviar-topped blini, caramel eclairs, lemon meringues, and smoked trout sandwiches.
50 Central Park South
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Make your reservations today for an elegant afternoon of high tea at the famed Ritz-Carlton. Pair specialty teas with petit fours and black truffle sandwiches at the Star Lounge for an upscale version of R&R.
The Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th Street
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When it comes to afternoon high tea, The Russian Tea Room is the ultimate Manhattan go-to. Opt for the Royal Afternoon Tea menu and indulge in the gourmet blinis, seasonal scones, and of course, loose leaf teas.
80 Columbus Circle
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What better view for afternoon high tea than that of the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor? The luxurious hotel serves house-made marmalade with its sugar scones, edamame hummus, carrot cake, Asian chicken salad and more—including its renowned tea, of course.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
37 E 64th Street
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For a French twist on high tea, head over to Hôtel Athénée and pamper yourself with luxury teas from Le Palais Des Thés, homemade scones and clotted cream and of course, miniature pastries. Don’t forget to add the champagne!
28 E 63rd Street
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Tucked away in The Pembroke Room, this Upper East Side high tea spot offers a personalized experience with waiters who pair loose leaf teas with scrumptious meals, including Maine lobster salad, caviar pinwheels and specialty scones.