Bosie Tea Parlor
When Bosie opened last year, I was delighted to see another tea parlor that served afternoon tea near me. I’ve been a few times since they opened, for both tea service and for lunch and yesterday, I stopped in for a relaxing afternoon tea.
It’s a good sized tea parlor with about eight tables. It’s a great place to work with a laptop for an hour or two (but only during the work week until 6PM) or meet friends for a chat over tea. The atmosphere is relaxed, but it’s not where you’ll find plush seating and with white-glove service since it’s not a place strictly for afternoon tea.
Nice, friendly and warm service.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★★
Bosie is a tea parlor so their tea selection is fairly large and they’re from their own tea company, L’Age de Thé. I had the hojicha which was steeped and strained in a two-cup teapot before it gets to the table. The good – tea tastes the same from the first sip to the last. No bitterness from the tea sitting in the teapot by the time you get to the last pour. The bad – no refills of hot water to get more mileage out of the tea. The hojicha from Bosie and Cha-An are my favorites.
No tiered trays here, but everything comes out at once in two rectangular ceramic plates. Tea sandwiches in one and scones and sweets on the other.
When ordering tea service, you select three tea sandwiches out of the five on the menu and pick two macarons from their selection in the refrigerated case. I went with the egg salad, the curry chicken and smoked salmon tea sandwiches. They were all really good and were made to order.
Served with jam and clotted cream in cute glass containers, the sugar scones were perfect in size but were room temperature. I wish they had been warmed up. However, they tasted excellent.
As for sweets, you get the two macarons and two mini tea cakes. Macarons were ok, but I’ve mentioned before, no one beats Ladurée’s so I focused more on the tea cakes. Taste-wise, the tea cakes were great but the enjoyment was lessened by the fact they they were served a bit cold, like they came out of the refrigerated case. It would have been much better if they had been served room temperature, or even better, warm.
It’s not a traditional afternoon tea service, but it’s great if you’re looking for something casual.
LOCATION: Bosie Tea Parlor | 10 Morton Street between Bleecker & 7th Ave. | New York, NY 10014 | 212.352.9900
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: All day
COST: Tea service for one ($27), for two ($51)