Looking for an adorable tea spot (not afternoon tea) in New York City that delivers on great tea, delectable sweets, friendly service, and comfortable seating? Here are my 10 favorite places, in no particular order, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your sweets and a cup of tea.
1/ Bar Pleiades
Tea isn’t on the bar menu, but it can be requested at this cozy lounge with comfy seating at The Surrey hotel’s Bar Pleiades on the Upper East Side. The main reason to go is for their perfect madeleines, the same ones served at the restaurant Daniel.
Tea and cake go so great together, which is why Harbs, with plenty of seating, tasty cream cakes, and lovely teas makes for a great place for tea at three.
My new go-to place for matcha-based drinks. Love that they have sweet options on the menu.
4/ Ladurée Soho
From the lavish desserts to signature teas, Ladurée Soho knows how to do tea and delicate French pastries.
5/ Espresso Bar at the Marlton Hotel
The lounge at the Marlton Hotel has gotten a bit popular, but if you can find seats, it’s a nice spot for a tea break. Get the cheese and kale scone or the olive oil muffin and pick one of the Bellocq teas served in a matching teapot and teacups.
6/ Lobby Lounge at Mandarin Oriental
This is a great place to meet a client or an old friend. Superior service, excellent tea, and desserts. Get a seat by the window if you want to take in the sweeping views of Central Park and Central Park South.
I’ve been going to Cha-An forever and this cozy little spot on the second floor in the East Village serves an excellent hojicha. Plus, desserts here never disappoint. I love their sweet honey toasts.
8/ The Crosby Bar at the Crosby Street Hotel
The Crosby Bar has afternoon tea service, but I like going here for tea and sweets.
9/ Lady M
To me, the original Upper East Side location is their best. There’s less seating, but that also means it’s way less hectic than the Bryant Park location. Banana mille-feuille is my cake of choice.
10/ Caffe Storico at the New-York Historical Society
This is a secret I almost don’t want to share. Tucked inside the New-York Historical Society museum is this completely adorable cafe that serves decadent desserts that should be enjoyed between sips of tea.