My eight picks for the best afternoon teas in New York City from super fancy (Baccarat Hotel and The Plaza) to the less formal (Garfunkel’s and Bergdorf Goodman).
Best Splurge: Baccarat Hotel
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat Hotel New York
The Baccarat Hotel is by far the most indulgent and fanciest afternoon tea in New York City. And that comes with a price so it’s definitely a splurge. Everything is meticulously prepared and delicious from start to finish.
Baccarat’s own tea sommelier, Gabrielle, is the mastermind behind their afternoon tea program and comes up with the most brilliant tea services like their Turkish Tea for Two ($300) that features Turkish flavors from the savories to sweets.
Best Under $40: Garfunkel’s
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at Garfunkel’s
Serving only a carefully curated selection of Indian teas, Garfunkel’s afternoon tea service is not like any other. Hidden upstairs through a secret doorway at the back of a burger joint, it’s a speakeasy by night and a quiet, relaxing afternoon tea spot by day.
The tea service at the time of this post is $40 per person, which is a great price for what you get.
The space is great for private parties too if you’re looking to get a few friends together for afternoon tea.
Best Quintessential New York City: The Plaza
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at The Plaza
Every tourist that comes to visit New York knows The Plaza. Is it overpriced? YES. Is it worth going to at least once? YES.
If you have a friend in from out-of-town and they’re willing to spend a little money on a fancy hotel tea service, this is the place.
The cost of afternoon tea per person at The Plaza is $75. The children’s afternoon tea is $60 per child under 12.
Best View of Central Park: BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at BG Restaurant
The Mandarin Oriental’s lounge used to have the best Central Park views but since they no longer serve afternoon tea, the prize now goes to the BG Restaurant on the 7th floor of the super swanky department store, Bergdorf Goodman.
Best seats are by the window but, I always request the tables with the tall-back chairs that are super comfortable and intimate.
Best Old-Fashioned Downton Abbey Tea: Lady Mendl’s
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at Lady Mendl’s
Quaint is the perfect word to describe Lady Mendl’s. Inside a townhouse that was converted in to a cozy inn, Lady’s Mendl’s does a five-course afternoon tea instead of the traditional three.
They have timed seatings and you’re in and out in an hour and a half.
This is a great place to have a bridal party or a baby shower since they have a back room that can be closed for events.
Best Kept Secret: Pembroke Room at The Lowell
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at The Lowell
I’m not sure how well this secret has been kept since I keep talking about it, but The Lowell is one of my all-time favorite afternoon tea spots in NYC.
I remember when I first discovered it and going for the first time. Entering The Lowell hotel lobby, taking the tiny elevator to the second floor, and walking into a cozy room thinking, “This place is MINE NOW.”
I love going during the week and feeling like the whole place is all mine since it never gets too packed. Get the corner tables with banquette seating for an even more intimate experience.
Best Bridal Party Tea: St. Regis
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis New York
Right in midtown New York, St. Regis is one of the fancier hotels in the area and they do a great afternoon tea. The Astor Court, the room where the tea is served is grand and the painted ceiling is gorgeous.
It’s one of those afternoon teas where it’s not too anything — not too fancy, not too expensive, not too stuffy but just right, which is why I recommend it for anyone celebrating with a group.
Best Fancy Yet Casual: The Pierre
Read my full review: Afternoon Tea at The Pierre
I think of the Two E Bar inside The Pierre hotel more of a relaxing lounge that serves a great afternoon tea, so in my mind, it’s like a very casual place that I can pop into anytime even though it’s inside a very elegant hotel.
They’re doing a special Indian-style Tiffin Tea which is delicious and completely unique. I highly recommend it if you want an afternoon tea experience but with Indian flavors. The savories are a true highlight.