AFTERNOON TEA REVIEWS

Complete List of Places for Afternoon Tea in New York City

A list of every single afternoon tea in New York City. Find reviews and ratings by setting, service, tea, and most importantly, the food.

Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat Hotel New York

Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat Hotel New York: ★★★★★

The Baccarat Hotel is offering the best and my favorite afternoon tea in New York City right now. With a unique selection of afternoon teas from the classic to the Turkish Tea, they’re doing everything right.

If you want to splurge (they have the most expensive afternoon tea in Manhattan), The Baccarat should be on the top of your list. Read my review of The Baccarat’s tea service.

INSIDER TIP: If you’re a party of two, ask for seats by the window to take the best photos.

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Tea at The Lowell

Afternoon Tea at The Lowell: ★★★★★

A hidden gem, the Pembroke Room inside The Lowell Hotel offers a solid afternoon tea service. Perfect for those leisurely afternoons sipping tea in a quiet and demure setting for a couple of hours with a good friend and good conversation. Read my review of The Lowell’s tea service.

INSIDER TIP: The best seats are the banquettes at the corners of the room. If they’re not busy they’ll seat a party of two at those tables so don’t be afraid to ask.


Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis New York: ★★★★★

A posh setting for afternoon tea in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, The St. Regis New York with its gorgeous painted ceiling and plush seats make this an afternoon tea worth every penny. Read my afternoon tea review of The St. Regis New York.

INSIDER TIP: For the best photos, ask to be seated by the windows outside the main dining area although be warned that there’s less of an intimate vibe.

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Afternoon Tea Palm Court

Afternoon Tea at The Plaza: ★★★★☆

Tea at The Plaza is quintessential New York — a must if you’re an afternoon tea fan. Is it worth the money and the hype? Hmmm, that’s a whole other story. Read my review of the tea at The Plaza.

INSIDER TIP: Don’t get the pricier teas listed for an extra cost — not worth it.

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Bergdorf Goodman

Afternoon Tea at Bergdorf Goodman: ★★★★☆

Overlooking Central Park, BG Restaurant inside the super luxury Bergdorf Goodman department store has a three course afternoon tea service at $45 per person that’s more affordable than ones offered at high-end hotels. Read my Bergdorf Goodman afternoon tea review.

INSIDER TIP: When making the reservation for two, ask for the tall-back whisper chairs for an intimate tea experience. The tables by the windows are way too close together.

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Tea at The Ritz Carlton

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton New York: ★★★★☆

The Ritz-Carlton offers a luxe afternoon tea service right across from Central Park in their Star Lounge in the lobby. Opulent and feeling like old money, the tea service here is in my top 10 of afternoon tea services in NYC. Read my review of The Ritz-Carlton New York tea.

INSIDER TIP: Go earlier than later for afternoon tea if you don’t want to feel rushed at the end of tea service.

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Garfunkel's afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at Garfunkel’s: ★★★★☆

A unique afternoon tea tucked inside a speakeasy, Garfunkel’s has afternoon tea for $40, which is a rare find. Made and served with care, this one is a new addition to the afternoon tea scene that I can recommend. Read my review of tea at Garfunkel’s.

INSIDER TIP: Don’t leave the tea to steep for too long in the teapot and ask for more hot water if the tea gets to be too strong.

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The Pierre afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at The Pierre New York: ★★★★☆

Mini EVERYTHING and served on a three-tiered tray, The Pierre does a very good afternoon tea. I also like their Tiffin Tea which is an Indian take on afternoon tea. Read my review of the afternoon tea at The Pierre.

INSIDER TIP: Try the Tiffin Tea for an exotic twist to afternoon tea — the savories are fantastic!


Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula New York: ★★★★☆

Adorable and tasty savories are a highlight at The Peninsula’s afternoon tea. A luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the tea service here is a pretty solid one. Read my review of the tea service at The Peninsula New York.

INSIDER TIP: It’s a little easier to get a table for afternoon tea at The Peninsula than other luxury hotels so if you don’t have a reservation and want tea, go here since chances are good you’ll get one.

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Russian Tea Room

Afternoon Tea at The Russian Tea Room: ★★★★☆

Oh, the dining room at The Russian Tea Room is spectacular! The bright reds and the deep green transports you away to another place. It’s a feast for the eyes — but is the tea service? Read my review of the afternoon ta at The Russian Tea Room.

INSIDER TIP: Check online when making the reservation since they sometimes have promotions like free Champagne with your afternoon tea.


Whitby hotel afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at The Whitby Hotel: ★★★☆☆

The Whitby Hotel is a sister hotel to the Crosby Street Hotel and you’ll get a very similar vibe in each of the hotel’s restaurants where afternoon tea is served. Both hotels have a very pretty setting for tea and The Whitby Hotel’s back room is especially perfect for tea. Read my afternoon tea review of The Whitby Hotel.

INSIDER TIP: Ask to be seated in the back room, at the Orangery since it’s a lot more feminine with softer colors than the bar area.
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Afternoon Tea at The Crosby Street Hotel: ★★★☆☆

The Crosby Street Hotel’s Crosby Bar is very very pretty and it’s a good place for afternoon tea downtown since there are less options for tea below 14th Street. The tea service is reasonable for the price. Read my review of the tea service at The Crosby Street Hotel.

INSIDER TIP: Instead of the low bar tables next to the bar, ask to be seated in the more comfortable dining tables for afternoon tea.


Bosie afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at Bosie Tea Parlor: ★★★☆☆

A cute tea spot in the West Village that does a three-tiered tray of afternoon tea for a reasonable price. Very casual and great alternative for an afternoon snack. Read my review of the afternoon tea at Bosie Tea Parlor.

INSIDER TIP: One of the rare under $40 afternoon teas in the city.
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Tea at Lady Mendl's

Afternoon Tea at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon: ★★★☆☆

A quaint afternoon tea experience near Gramercy Park inside a charming brownstone. It’s like having tea with your grandmother. They do a multi-course afternoon tea instead of the usual three and they bring out each course separately so no three-tiered tray here. Read my review of Lady Mendl’s tea.

INSIDER TIP: Get one of each tea sandwich when the selection comes around and don’t be afraid to ask for more if you like a particular one — if they have any left over, they’ll gladly give you any additional savories.


Afternoon Tea at King’s Carriage House: ★★★☆☆

King’s Carriage House on the Upper East Side is a townhouse that has been converted to a restaurant. They do the least expensive and most affordable afternoon tea in NYC at the moment at under $30. It’s not the fanciest, but it’s good for the price. Read my review of the tea service at King’s Carriage House.

INSIDER TIP: One of the rare under $40 afternoon teas in NYC. Good if you don’t want to spend too much on tea service but want the whole three-tiered tray experience.
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Afternoon Tea at Tea & Sympathy: ★★★☆☆

A casual afternoon tea inside a West Village restaurant that serves British comfort food. You won’t find any dainty finger foods but hearty bites cut into manageable pieces. Afternoon tea is under $40 per person so it’s a good price for what you get. Scones here are fantastic, by the way. Read my Tea & Sympathy afternoon tea review.

INSIDER TIP: A great casual option for afternoon tea at under $40 per person.


Afternoon Tea at The Morgan Library: ★★★☆☆

Afternoon tea at The Morgan Library’s cafe keeps changing over the years. The very first time I went years ago, it was excellent but over the years the offering has been a little less impressive but either way, the price is reasonable and a good option when visiting the museum since it’s under $30. Review of the afternoon tea at The Morgan Library.

INSIDER TIP: You don’t need to pay the museum entrance fee to dine in the cafe. Just let the admission desk know you’re there just for the food.

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Tea at Plaza athenee

Afternoon Tea at Plaza Athénée: ★★★☆☆

Afternoon tea is served daily at the Plaza Athénée on the Upper East Side. Three courses come out on a three-tiered tray alongside a pot of tea. Read my review of the tea at Plaza Athénée.

INSIDER TIP: It’s dark and cozy in the lounge where afternoon tea is served and the room isn’t that big so it’s not good for big parties.


Afternoon Tea at Chanson: ★★☆☆☆

Dipping into a rating of two stars, Chanson bakery in Flatiron has a wonderful selection of baked good but unfortunately the afternoon tea is a disappointment. It seems purely a money-grab and an afterthought although the presentation is adorable. Read my review of Chanson’s afternoon tea.

INSIDER TIP: Skip it.


Afternoon Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup: ★★☆☆☆

Scones the size of your head, Alice’s Tea Cup is a restaurant with a few locations that is all about tea. Kids and parents seem to love it, although it’s not my *ahem* cup of tea. Read my review of Alice’s Tea Cup.

INSIDER TIP: Kids seem to love it. Adults, eh.

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Afternoon Tea at The Carlyle: ★★☆☆☆

I used to really like the tea at The Carlyle but they have gone down in quality over the years. The setting is still very very nice but the tea sandwiches were a huge letdown. Read my review of The Carlyle tea service.

INSIDER TIP: The decor is old money at The Carlyle so it’s very posh — maybe try if you’ve gone to other big hotels in the city for afternoon tea and want to give something new a try.


AFTERNOON TEA – NOT YET REVIEWED

American Girl Cafe
Marie Belle
Tiffany & Co.
Lillie’s Times Square
Blank Slate Tea


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