Best NYC Venues for Afternoon Tea

You’ve already heard all about the city’s best venues for brunch and dinner — but what about afternoon tea? Whether you’re traveling with children who want to channel their inner Eloise at the Plaza, or prefer a higher-end take on this charming tradition, peruse our listings of the city’s top teas.

Bosie Tea Parlor

Bosie Tea Parlor has repeatedly been voted one of the city’s best tea rooms. It offers a chic, airy, French-infused setting in Greenwich Village, and the tea service, served all afternoon and evening, includes a pot of tea, sweets such as macarons and madeleines, and optional champagne.

Palm Court at the Plaza

One of the city’s leading tea venues among children, thanks to its associations with the “Eloise” stories by Kay Thompson, the Palm Court at the Plaza serves one of the more sumptuous afternoon teas: Think Scottish smoked salmon, caviar blini, Mont Blanc tarts, and Bannoffee cake tarts, along with internationally sourced teas.

The Pierre

The Pierre is known for a traditional afternoon tea, along with champagne tea and a tea option influenced by the Taj Hotel’s Indian ownership and heritage. Finger sandwiches incorporating salmon and deviled eggs, freshly baked cranberry scones, and fruit tartlets are among the sweet and savory delicacies that await.

Alice’s Tea Cup

Alice’s Tea Cup is beloved by all who have read the famous Lewis Carroll children’s stories — its charming décor and extensive tea menu all nod to Wonderland and the Looking Glass, whether you choose the Mad Hatter, the Jabberwocky, or the tyke-sized Wee Tea afternoon tea.

Blank Slate Tea

Blank Slate Tea caters toward a millennial demographic. Its aesthetic incorporates fresh floral prints and ballet pink, and you can order an afternoon “tea tier” that features mini sandwiches, pink hummus toast, macarons, and strawberries.

Tea & Sympathy

For a British-style afternoon tea, Greenwich Village’s Tea & Sympathy serves finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes, and pots of piping-hot tea in a dining room boasting traditional porcelain and other nods to the United Kingdom.

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