Afternoon Tea at Crosby Street Hotel

A thorough review of the afternoon tea at Crosby Street Hotel in Downtown, NYC. Take a look at the lounge, the tea, and the food.

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Crosby Street Hotel

On the first floor of the Crosby Street Hotel is The Crosby Bar where afternoon tea is served.

The bar is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner so it’s more of a restaurant than a bar.

There is seating with low tables for cocktails, dining tables with plush seats, and outdoor seating in the terrace during the warmer months.

Crosby Street Hotel is a sister hotel of The Whitby Hotel in Midtown, NY. Both hotels have gorgeous interiors — it’s bright, airy, and the color combinations are perfection.

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Afternoon Tea at Crosby Street Hotel

There are two options for afternoon tea at Crosby Street Hotel. One is the Traditional Afternoon Tea at $48 per person and the other is a Gluten Free Afternoon Tea, also $48 per person.

You can upgrade with a glass of Champagne for an additional cost.

Afternoon tea is a set menu consisting of three courses so you don’t choose the food that comes with each option but you do need to select a tea.

Included in the $48 tea service are two choices of either the Bespoke English Breakfast Blend or the Rare Earl Grey.

If you want any other tea than the two, there is an extra cost of $3. RIDICULOUS.

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Do I Need to Make a Reservation for Afternoon Tea at Crosby Street Hotel?

Reservations aren’t required but I would highly recommend making one.

What Do I Wear for Tea at Crosby Street Hotel?

There isn’t a dress code so I would default to smart casual. Look put together and neatly dressed. You can get away with jeans as long as they’re not ripped.

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How Long is Afternoon Tea?

Afternoon tea usually lasts about two hours. No need to rush, it’s a leisurely affair so enjoy each and every bite.

What Time is Afternoon Tea at The Crosby Street Bar?

Unlike most places, The Crosby Street Bar serves afternoon tea all day. (The Whitby Hotel does too.)

So if you’re in the mood for tea sandwiches and scones at 11AM, you know where to go.

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Crosby Street Hotel Afternoon Tea Setting: ★★★★☆

I like to request the booth seating at the front section of the restaurant instead of the middle area with the low tables. I find it’s usually emptier and there’s more room, which I prefer.

It’s a full service restaurant but I like how quiet it is in the middle of the afternoon so the place feels like yours.

Crosby Street Hotel Afternoon Tea Service: ★★★★☆

Service is very good. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

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Crosby Street Hotel Tea & Tea Selection: ★☆☆☆☆

Yup, just like The Whitby Hotel, I’m giving Crosby Street Hotel just one star for their tea and tea selection.

The cost of afternoon tea comes with a pot of tea but Crosby Street Hotel nickel and dimes by only giving you two choices for tea and if you want any other type of tea, it’ll cost you an extra $3.

Seriously? Completely ridiculous.

Just make the afternoon tea $51 and get rid of the supplement cost for the tea. It’s so petty.

The two teas available included in the price is a Bespoke English Breakfast Blend and a Rare Earl Grey.

There are nine teas that you can get for an extra $3. I have no idea why these nine were chosen since they’re not all upgrades in quality.

I can maybe see a reasoning for charging more for higher quality tea but I’m not seeing that reflected on their list of teas.

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Crosby Street Hotel Afternoon Tea Savories: ★★★☆☆

Uniformly cut and neatly arranged, these basic tea sandwiches were good, but not memorable. I wish there was a little more effort put into them.

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Crosby Street Hotel Afternoon Tea Scones: ★★★★☆

I enjoyed the scones since they were served warm and they were pretty tasty. Since two are served per person, it would have been nicer if the portion size was a little smaller. I do love that they come wrapped in a napkin to keep them warm.

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Crosby Street Hotel Afternoon Tea Sweets: ★★★☆☆

Just eh, but I do appreciate the variety.

Crosby Street Hotel Afternoon Tea Overall: ★★★☆☆

Sorry, can’t get over the supplemental on the tea. If they didn’t have an extra cost and the afternoon tea was $51, I would give Crosby Street Hotel’s tea service four stars instead of three.

INFO: The Crosby Bar at the Crosby Street Hotel | 79 Crosby Street | New York, NY 10012 | 212.226.6400
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: All day
COST: Traditional Afternoon Tea, $48 per person | Menu

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Afternoon Tea at Crosby Street Hotel in 2012

When I came for afternoon tea in 2012, I sat outside at the terrace.

Crosby Street Hotel always serve tea in Wedgwood teaware.

The afternoon tea back in 2012 was $34 per person.

They’ve since upped their afternoon tea game. Back then, the tea sandwiches were served cold and tasted bland. Plus, look how sad and sloppy they used to look.

I liked the scones back then too. They were served warm with clotted cream and jam.

Sweets were good but not amazing.

In 2012, I gave Crosby Street Hotel four stars but now with the the supplemental tea cost, I brought it down to a three.

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2 Comments

  • Pam
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the honest review. Bummer since I live so close!

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