This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you book or purchase through these links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.This year on my annual solo NYC trip I decided on a laid-back itinerary that included all new things I’d not done on any previous visit to the Big Apple. This, of course, encompassed food and since I love tea experiences, I decided to try out these five places for afternoon tea in NYC! My list includes classics and uniquely themed places for fun times and great food!
Afternoon Tea in NYC
1 | Bluebird London, NYC
One afternoon after I played in the freshly fallen snow in Central Park, I stopped in at Bluebird London, NYC. Located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, it was the perfect location right there on the southwestern edge of the Park.
I loved the modern, decor of the cafe. The chic design plus an array of colors paints a visual quite pleasing to the eye.
For my tea, I ordered the Tumeric Mango featuring luscious and juicy mango, pineapple, and yuzu with notes of jasmine. Look how vivid the color is! I was hoping that meant it had a strong citrus flavor and it most definitely did!
My bright yellow tea perfectly complemented the cute, three-tiered tower of treats the server placed in front of me. As is customary, I started at the bottom and worked my way up.
So that meant I started with the sandwiches which included Malabar chicken with apricot and apple, H. Forman and Son London Cure, smoked salmon and lemon butter, Heirloom free-range egg with mustard cress and truffle, and Cucumber with cream cheese, chives and dill.
Everything was super fantastic with the exception of the Cucumber with cream cheese, chives and dill. I despise cucumber so that didn’t happen. My favorite, however, was a tie between the Malabar chicken with apricot and apple and the Heirloom free-range egg with mustard cress and truffle.
For intermission, there were plain and fruit scones served with strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream.
Next came the final act-yummy desserts! How cute are the Mary Poppins themed treats?
Left: Well-Fed Bird Cream Puff Right: Chocolate Chimney
Left: Fairyland Meringue Right: Cherry Medicine & Jane’s Macaron
Did you notice the sugar sprinkled on that spoonful of cherry medicine? 😜
2 | The Plaza Hotel
Afternoon tea at The Plaza Hotel is both iconic and classic.
It was by far one of the prettiest table settings I’ve ever had for afternoon tea.
Speaking of tea, I got the Tropical Garden which is a caffeine-free white tea featuring mainly exotic fruits packed with vitamins such as papaya, mango, pineapple, peach, pear, and apple. In addition, it had hints of rosehip, lemongrass, and cornflower blossoms.
Simply put..it’s good guys. Really good.
The food was also fantastic. I got the Valentine’s Day Tea special they had and it was amazing. For an additional fee, you can add a glass of champagne although I passed on this.
Aren’t they all cute and creative, not to mention fancy? I couldn’t wait to dive in!
Left: Roasted Prime Rib on a Brioche Slider Right: Peekeytoe Crab in a Squid Ink Cornet
Left: Roasted Beet with Whipped Goat Cheese Right: Lobster Roll with Daikon Sprouts
After the delectable savories, these freshly baked scones arrived served with double Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and preserves. Have I mentioned I’m in love with lemon curd? I like the cream and preserves, but that lemon curd is just on another level!
Next came what you are all probably waiting for…the desserts!
Left: Chocolate Ganache & Caramel Sea Salt Sable Right: Lychee & Rose Water Duo Dome
Left: Grapefruit and Campari Macaron Right: Hazelnut Chocolate Plasir Cake
Left: Milk Chocolate and Cherry Baileys Tuile Right: Red Velvet and Raspberry Cake
Warning: You will eat it all and need to be rolled out of there. Yes, it’s that good!
3 | Alice’s Tea Cup
Known as New York City’s most whimsical tea house, Alice’s Tea Cup does have a quirky personality. It’s so fun especially for those who are fans of Alice in Wonderland!
I had The Nibble which is tea for one and includes unlimited tea, choice of one scone (served with preserves and cream), choice of one sandwich and assorted mini cookies.
For tea, I had the Peach Blossom which is a well-balanced organic white tea blended with natural peach flavor and accents of essential orange and tangerine oils. If you are at all a fan of peach tea, this is a MUST try!
I also chose the Lapsang Souchong Smoked Chicken Breast Sandwich with Granny Smith apple slices, greens, and herbed goat cheese on seven-grain bread. I loved the tart and savory in this. Plus, I’m a huge fan of goat cheese.
4 | Bergdorf Goodman
You may know that the famous department store Bergdorf Goodman offers afternoon tea in NYC as well. Although more of a classic service, it does have really fun dishes…
that even feature its monogram! I’m a huge fan of monograms in case you didn’t know. 😃
This time I ordered the Jardin Bleu for my tea. It is a black tea consisting of a blend of teas from India and China and is flavored with rhubarb, wild strawberry, and cornflower petals.
So, I guess I have a type. And my type seems to be fruity and fragrant!
As I already mentioned, the food is very classic and included tea sandwiches like chicken salad, ham and gruyere cheese, egg salad, salmon with caviar, and cream cheese with cucumber. The cream cheese with cucumber didn’t happen (as usual) and my favorite was the egg salad and the salmon!
Intermission (what I call the plate between the savories and the sweets) presented itself in the form of cranberry scones served with cream along with strawberry and apricot preserves.
Left: Yummy tea sandwiches Right: Delightful desserts
The dessert tier included an assortment of goodies like chocolate coffee cake, pistachio layer cake, lemon tartlet with toasted whipped cream, a macaron that tasted like pecan pie and an almond flavored cookie with green glittery icing!
5 | The Morgan Library & Museum
**Hurry! The Tolkien Culinary Journey Through The Hobbit is only available until May 12, 2019**
When researching the different options for afternoon tea in NYC, I came across The Morgan Library & Museum. I have to admit it wasn’t exactly on my radar. BUT…when I went to check it out, I discovered that there was a special Tolkien exhibit.
To complement this exhibit, they put together a Tolkien-inspired culinary experience. The “Inspired By Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth. Over the Hill, Across the Water, and EvenThere and Back. A Culinary Journey Through the Hobbit” was super creative and super delish!
I again took advantage of the Valentine’s Day specials and ordered the Inquisitive Cocktail which had Grey Goose vodka, strawberry juice, lime, and ginger. I have to say it was one of the better drinks I’ve had. It tasted a lot like a strawberry martini which is one of my favorites!
I thought the presentation of the food was pretty cool and the food itself very creative:
- Two Fried Eggs (Not Six) and Ham-Not Poached, Not Broken
- Cold Chicken & Pickles
- Enchanting Pepper-Roasted Meat
- Mincemeat Pie & Cheese
- Beorn’s Twice-Baked Honey Cakes
- Sustaining Not Entertaining Cram
- Dried Fruit, Gold Coin
I’m sure if you are a fan of The Hobbit and/or Tolkien, you will really enjoy this culinary experience!
Classics, uniques, traditional, affordable, special occasions…like I said above…they’re all right here!
Have you had afternoon tea in NYC? Where was your favorite place? Which place on this list piques your interest most?
‘Til next time…