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The Best Afternoon Tea Rooms in New York City

by Alexis Spoden
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Ah, afternoon tea — one of the most quintessentially British activities out there. Afternoon tea originated in early 19th century Britain and was popular among the elite. Of course, the activity has made its way across the pond — and has become a modern must-do New York City experience. Whether you need an idea for a birthday party, a gathering with friends, or just a fun way to eat a late lunch, there are several places to indulge in afternoon tea in and around the New York City area. Find your guide to the best afternoon tea spots around NYC below.

Alice’s Tea Cup {102 W 73rd Street, New York + 156 E 64th Street, New York}

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This whimsical spot is sure to transport you from NYC to wonderland. There are two Alice’s Tea Cup locations in Manhattan and a to-go spot in Brooklyn. Their afternoon tea for one is $36 and includes unlimited tea, the choice of one sandwich, and mini cookies. Another option on their menu is The Mad Hatter, which includes unlimited tea for two, the choice of two sandwiches, and an assortment of scones, desserts, and mini cookies, all for just $70 total. If limits aren’t your thing, then order The Jabberwocky for $56 per person, which includes unlimited tea, sandwiches, scones, and desserts. Make any of these a “Tipsy Tea” for an extra $10.

Bosie {506 LaGuardia Place, New York}

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This Greenwich Village gem is perfect for large groups and parties. The Bosie Tea service is $39 for one person and $75 for two people and includes a pot of tea,  a three-tier assortment of sandwiches, scones, and mini desserts. If you prefer sweet treats with some bubbly, then their champagne tea service has everything from the Bosie Tea service plus a glass of Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne {bring us the bubbles}.

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The Plaza {768 5th Avenue, New York}

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For those looking for a truly classy afternoon tea experience, look no further than The Plaza Hotel. One of New York’s most popular tourist spots, {and the most quintessentially NYC place, too}The Plaza offers a taste of luxury in their Palm Court. The New Yorker Tea experience includes a wide assortment of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and pastries + sweets, all for $95 a person, or $110 with a glass of champagne.

Lady Mendl’s {56 Irving Place, New York}

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Customers are sure to get their money’s worth at Lady Mendl’s, located near Union Square in Manhattan. Their Afternoon Tea service is $65 a person and comes with a seasonal soup or salad, selection of tea sandwiches, traditional scones, crepes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and of course, tea. 

Tea + Sympathy {108 Greenwich Avenue, New York}

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Tea + Sympathy is a small, British tea spot in Greenwich Village. Their retail shop next door sells British gift items, teas, and snacks. Afternoon tea for one is $40 and includes assorted finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of cakes with tea. The restaurant is small and cozy, so be sure to make a reservation in advance.

The Russian Tea Room {150 W 57th Street, New York}

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The Russian Tea Room is an iconic Midtown tea spot, featuring flashy art deco decor for a glamorous experience. Their afternoon tea is $65 or $85 with champagne, so feel free to indulge in boozy afternoon tea. {We won’t judge.} It is an ideal experience for pre-theatre, a special treat with friends, a birthday, or just a gathering with loved ones.

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Ladurée {864 Madison Avenue, New York + 396 West Broadway, New York}

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For a truly French experience, Ladurée offers high tea featuring finger sandwiches, a savory madeleine, and of course — their famous macarons. Tea time is $39 and available every day in both New York City locations. 

Have you been to any of these Afternoon Tea Spots, or know of another great place? Let us know in the comments!

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