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10 Best Places For Afternoon Tea In New York City

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The concept of the afternoon tea has long been a part of the western culture since Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, apparently invented the tradition in 1857 in Britain. Nowadays, it has become a firm favorite in many nations, and we know that some of the best places for afternoon tea in New York City have yet to be discovered by you. So, whether you’re a fan of cake, want to celebrate an event, or just want a different socializing event with your friends, afternoon tea is for everyone. From extravagant hotel-style afternoon teas that feel luxurious and grandiose to your friendly neighborhood afternoon-tea joints, we’ve got your covered. Here’s a list of the best places for afternoon tea in New York. Let’s start this food revelation and book today for an unforgettable afternoon-tea experience.

1. Alice's Tea Cup

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The owners wanted to create a space that could whisk New Yorkers away from the hubbub of the city into a magical wonderland. From adults to children alike, this is one of the most popular places for delicious food. It is known for having over 140 different types of teas. Take your children and expect them to dusted with fairy dust and given wings. It’s also a great option if you are celebrating a birthday, a bridal shower, or just a regular Saturday. The menu stretches far beyond just cakes and cute sandwiches as all the produce is local and full meals are offered.

Alice's Tea Cup

Address: 102 W 73rd St,, New York, NY 10023, 212-799-3006

Website: Alice’s Tea Cup

Opening hours: Fri: 11am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

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2. Kings' Carriage House

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With three different ways to enjoy afternoon tea; sitting outdoors, on delivery, or afternoon tea to-go, King’s Carriage has made the classic afternoon tea a much more regular occurrence. At this popular and regal spot, you can enjoy a wide selection of savory and sweet treats in a charming outdoor setting. During most days of the week, Kings Carriage House features a delicious full menu, but on Tuesdays, you can enjoy an extra-special afternoon tea treat. Make sure you reserve in advance.

Kings' Carriage House

Address: 251 East 82nd Street, New York, 10028

Website: Kings’ Carriage House

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12pm - 4pm (closed on Mon)

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3. BG Restaurant

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Located on the seventh floor of the Bergdorf Goodman Building, you can expect an elegant and sophisticated affair. Afternoon tea takes place in the aristocratic-styled drawing-room that creates an intimate feeling. They describe their menu as light and sparkling, which to us simply means delicious. It is worth noting that guests are required to make a reservation in advance for this popular afternoon tea experience.

BG Restaurant

Address: 754 5th Avenue Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10019

Website: BG Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 2:30am - 5:00pm; Sun: 2:30am - 4pm

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4. The Whitby Hotel

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If you’re looking for a fancy afternoon tea location where you can enjoy, not only teas but also a delicious sparkling glass of champagne, then look no further than the Whitby Hotel. This restaurant serves a traditional afternoon tea that includes mouthwatering sandwiches and a variety of thick and rich cakes. We especially recommend the Frangelico chocolate torte. It’s a taste sensation. Afternoon tea is served in two main areas, either in the bar or the stunning orangery.

The Whitby Hotel

Address: 18 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Website: The Whitby Hotel

Opening hours: 1:30pm - 4pm (daily)

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5. Baccarat Hotel

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For another extravagant affair, head to the Baccarat Hotel in New York, where you can relish afternoon tea in the Grand Salon. There are a number of package options that primarily constitute three to five courses. As an example, the three-course menus are made up of a round of sandwiches, fruity and thick scones with traditional clotted cream and jam, and a final course of sweets. We love that all of the packages are given a specific name of historical figures. Anyone for the Prince of Wales, the Sultan Abdulaziz or the Tsar Nicholas II afternoon tea set? Reservations must be made in advance.

Baccarat Hotel

Address: 28 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Website: Baccarat Hotel

Opening hours: 1pm - 4pm (daily)

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6. Blank Slate Tea

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With a number of menu options that suit two people, four people, or larger, Blank Slate Tea is a great option for personal catering. The two-person and four-person menus include mini pastries, sandwiches, and desserts with an upgrade to cocktails. You can even order a fresh bouquet of flowers, ideal if you have a reason to celebrate. The property itself is also an event space that boasts on-tap kombucha, delicious tea lattes, and much more. Be sure to check online for catering and opening times.

Blank Slate Tea

Address: 121 Madison Ave #3, New York, NY 10016, United States

Website: Blank Slate Tea

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7. Tea & Sympathy

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Opened in 1991, you can be guaranteed the traditional British taste in an American setting. Next door, you’ll find a specialist shop that sells British products. The delicious meals, scones, and cakes are made daily. Of course, the true British scones are served with a dollop of clotted cream and jam. It will get your tastebuds watering at first sight. This spot is popular with celebrities, locals, and tourists alike. It is known for its soft Victoria sponge and warm service. A vegetarian menu is available upon request.

Tea & Sympathy

Address: 108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Website: Tea & Sympathy

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 9:30am - 9pm

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8. Lady Mendl's Tea Salon

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This stunningly chic tea salon has found a home in a traditional 1834 building. The owners wanted to create a space that nodded in honor of the gracious and elegant living of a past era. Sitting in a parlor-themed spot, you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea but with a modern twist. Wonder what we mean? How about a deliciously rich crepe cake to enjoy? It’s just one of many amazing choices on the menu. For special occasions, you might also consider a glass of champagne.

Lady Mendl's Tea Salon

Address: 56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

Website: Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 1pm - 4pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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9. Bosie Tea Parlor

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Critically acclaimed as one of the best places to go for afternoon tea, you definitely don’t want to miss out on a visit to Bosie Tea Parlor if you’re in the area. This large space has been well designed to create a number of smaller, intimate dining areas. Bosie is known for having one of the largest tea selections in the city. Their in-house French staff makes all of the buttery and mouth-watering pastries and cakes. There are two packages to choose from, the standard Bosie Tea Service or the Champagne Tea Service.

Bosie Tea Parlor

Address: 506 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

Website: Bosie Tea Parlor

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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10. The Williamsburg Hotel

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Stepping inside the classical Williamsburg Hotel, you’ll be whisked away to an extravagant land. Here, you can taste top-of-the-range teas from the Bellocq Tea Atelier and relish in a number of tempting sandwiches and cakes. We recommend the High Tea for two people course that includes three levels of mixed sweets and savories. If you’d rather something with a bit of sparkle, you can also enjoy a glass of champagne. We love that on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there is even a live jazz performance so that your afternoon tea experience will feel extra special.

The Williamsburg Hotel

Address: 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Website: The Williamsburg Hotel

Opening hours: Sat & Sun: 12pm - 5pm

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A satisfying experience

Afternoon tea is an ideal way to spend a few hours enjoying the finest teas and champagnes (in selected venues). Bite-by-bite, you’ll be more amazed at just how good cake can taste. So, if any of these locations have got your mouth watering, ring, and book today. You’ll leave feeling full in both your stomach and your heart.

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