Located in midtown at The Chatwal Hotel, The Lambs Club offers an a la carte afternoon tea experience.
The menu is split in two: The savories, scones, and sweets on one side and a selection of teas on the other. Depending on how hungry you are, you can pick from one selection from the food column for $6, three selections for $16, and six selections for $29. Teas are priced separately, ranging from $6 – $12. Everything is made in house.
Tea is served in the upstairs bar/lounge area. Aside from tea, they also serve cocktails in the same space and it got a little noisy later in the afternoon around 4:30PM when the bar area started filling up. This was unfortunate, since I like the space to be fairly quiet and after a while, I had to talk in a louder voice to be able to chat. The crowd at the bar did come in waves, so there were moments when it wasn’t as loud. Next time, I’ll be asking for a seat toward to back, away from the bar.
Very friendly and knowledgeable. Very good.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★★
Tea from Le Palais des Thés makes up the tea selection. Just the right amount of teas on the menu with 3-5 selections per type. I went with a green tea, the Long Jing Green. It was lighter than i expected, but very good.
The tea is brought out already steeped, and without tea in the pot. This means no refills of hot water and once the tea runs out, you’ll need to get another pot. The good thing is that there’s no bitterness once you get to the teapot from the tea steeping for too long. The bad thing is, you have to pay for a whole new pot.
I chose six selections from the menu. Smoked salmon blini with caviar and Tête de Moine, a cheese and jam plating. The salmon was good as was the cheese, but I didn’t find anything special about the cheese and jam, so I’ll probably skip that next time.
There’s just one on the menu, the buttermilk scones, although mine came with currants. Served with clotted cream and housemade jam, you get two per order and I really enjoyed them. Great size, served warm and great texture. Tasted great.
I ordered the Hazelnut Dacquoise (pictured above next to the scones), canelés, and petit fours. The Hazelnut Dacquoise was excellent, but TINY. The canelés were excellent. One of the best I’ve ever had. The petit fours were just ok, nothing exceptional. I would skip on this as well, on any future visits.
I made a mistake in getting too many sweets, instead of more savories. Next time, I’ll need to make sure I get just two desserts max. Things got overly sweet towards the end with what I ordered.
Note: Portion sizes seemed off since each selection is considered to be the same price. Some were on the small side (you get ONE blini) while some, more than enough (two scones and two canelés). Would I prefer flat pricing for their afternoon tea? YES!
I’ll be going back, especially now knowing what to order and where to sit.
LOCATION: The Lambs Club New York | Menu | 132 West 44th Street (btw 6th Ave & Broadway) | New York, NY 10036 | 212.997.5262
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: 2:00PM – 5:00PM
COST: $6 – $29 (food) and $6 – $12 (tea)