Silver Tips Tea
UPDATE: Silver Tips Tea has closed.
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Alia and I took a day trip up to Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate in Hudson Valley. Before heading up to the estate, we made a stop at a tearoom Alia had found not too far from Kykuit, for afternoon tea. Check back tomorrow to see the Kykuit post.
Silver Tips Tea is in Tarrytown, NY, about a 5-10 minute walk from the Tarrytown train station.
The tearoom has a quaint, small town feel to it. It’s very casual, laid back, and is a bit makeshift, but clean. Nothing frilly or fancy here though.
Very friendly—service with a smile. The service was mostly fantastic, with just one exception. As the place started to fill up, we had a hard time getting someone to hand us our check.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★★
Excellent. The tea selection is pages and pages long, however, it was very well organized and easy to scan. There were so many I wanted to try, especially since they directly source their own teas. In the end, I went with the Silver Tips Breakfast, a house blend of Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling. It was very good.
Ok, so on the menu, they have this little note where they ask people not to put tea cozies on their head. Apparently, it’s happened more than once since it’s printed on the menu. We asked our server and she commented that it’s not a note directed at kids or women, which leaves just one group of suspects.
And here are the tea cozies. (I can see how some may be tempted to place it on their heads.) The cozies really did an amazing job of keeping the tea in our teapots nice and hot. I was really surprised at how hot my tea still was when I went for the second pour.
There are two afternoon teas on the menu. One that comes with tea sandwiches and scones for $17, and the Tea Deluxe which has tea sandwiches and desserts for $22. There wasn’t an option where you can get tea sandwiches, scones, AND desserts. We each ordered the regular afternoon tea and our three-tiered tray for two arrived.
Perfectly made tea sandwiches, sans crust, cut into triangles. My favorite was the Egg Souchong, which is eggs marinated in smoked tea, mixed with chives. All the tea sandwiches we ordered had the same consistency though, so I wish I had ordered at least one that wasn’t like a spread, and therefore had more of a bite.
Two scones each, which would be fine if they were normal sized scones. These are massive. The size of a softball, massive. The size of a small child’s head, massive. Silver Tips Tea does not mess around when it comes to portion sizes. Just one is enough to make it a meal on its own, but then they go and add a second! Served with creme fraiche and preserves which are in little plastic condiment containers. Taste-wise, they were good, but not really memorable.
We were so full just from the tea sandwiches that we barely got a couple of bites in with the scones. We each took a scone to go.
In hindsight, we really should have ordered ONE afternoon tea to share, and ordered an extra pot of tea for just $2 more. The amount of food would have been just right if we had done that.
SWEETS: Not Applicable. No sweets were served.
If we had shared an order, this afternoon tea would have been a great bargain as it would have been $19 total. It would still have been quite filling and it would have been less than $10 per person (not counting tip and tax). But, as for one order per person, the portion sizes are way, way off.
INFO: Silver Tips Tea | 3 North Broadway | Tarrytown, NY 10591 | 914.332.8515
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: All day, every day.
COST: Afternoon tea, $17, Tea Deluxe $22