New York City
Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC
From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.
Fancy Tea Spots
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
768 Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Street, Manhattan, (212) 546-5300
High tea at the Plaza is a chic, elegant affair, sure to make a fond memory for the young and old alike. Its wingback chairs, marble columns and dramatic vaulted stained glass ceiling all add to its sense of stateliness, tradition and luxury.
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel offers a variety of tea services. There’s a significant variety is what is offered in one versus another, so the Palm Court is a great option if you or your companion have a particular palette. The Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages ($55 per person) and the New Yorker ($65 per person) each consist of three courses: sandwiches, scones and sweets. The Fitzgerald Tea is best for tea “purists.” It offers traditional fare such as cucumber and egg salad sandwiches. The New Yorker is, well, centered around items that are famous in New York. It features pressed pastrami and lox. Both teas serve scones with genuine Double Devonshire cream, lemon curd and preserves. My personal favorite, the Chocolate Tea ($60 per person), includes a fondue course, scones with Nutella Double Devonshire cream and sweets. For all of these teas, guests can choose from a list of 13 loose leaf teas including two Plaza Signature Blends, a Breakfast Tea and an Afternoon Tea. Champagne or sherry is available for an extra $22-$25 per person.
Finally, the Eloise Tea ($35 per child, $50 per adult) offers kid-friendly sandwiches, scones and sweets. It is served with a choice of pink lemonade or peppermint iced tea — both are delicious (not too sweet) and super refreshing. It’s the perfect fancy-but-not-too-fancy experience for you and your little one. All tea services are available daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and they do take reservations.
Seriously thinking of this for my girl, but only one place offered gluten free? TY!
The only spot with a gluten-free option on the list has a note on its website saying they no longer offer gluten-free options. Any new ones you know of? I’d really love to take my girls out for tea when we visit NYC in a couple of weeks!
I am trying to find a great, classy, brunch for my 21st birthday with my best friend. I love high tea, but also a boozy brunch would be awesome! I love dressing up classy and love to stare at a great view. Do you have anything you recommend?
Thanks so much love your blog!
Absolutely! We published an article about the best places to have brunch in NYC: https://www.urbanette.com/6-best-brunch-spots-nyc/ Enjoy!
Whenever I’m uptown, I always try to have meetings at a fancy tea room because they’re just so glamorous and elegant.
Love this! Will definitely be trying a few on my next trip!
Next time I'm in the city I will have to make sure to try Hotel Plaza Athenee. I'm quite enamored by the dark ,warm colors. Tea would be delightful and cozy there.
I'm not really a tea person but I will definitely try one of these places just for the delicious snacks! I love macaroons!! yum.
Great list! I definitely want to try Bosie Tea Parlor.