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.


The Pembroke Room at the Lowell Hotel

28 E. 63rd Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, Manhattan, (212) 605-6825

Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC

The Pembroke Room at the Lowell Hotel, NYC

Step up to the second level of one of New York’s most luxurious hotels and you’ll find the Pembroke Room.  A formal but inviting space, the muted greens, pinks and creams create a light, airy and romantic feel. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to strap on your floral Kate Spade sandals and wear your smartest A-line dress to. “Tradition” is the word here, so be sure not to under dress.  (But don’t overdo it either.  Business-casual is perfect!)

There are three different options for high tea. The Classic Pembroke Tea is $52 per person and includes a standard assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. Tea sandwiches are traditional, including selections such as deviled organic egg salad, cucumber and watercress, and Scottish smoked salmon. Scones are served with Devonshire cream and lemon curd instead of jam. Sweets are also traditional and abundant.  You’ll get petit fours, pastries, lemon pound cake and macaroons.

The Pembroke Royal Tea is $64 per person and includes all of the goodies as the Classic Pembroke Tea plus a glass of champagne, port or sherry. It also ups the ante with offerings such as fois gras canapes. The Lowell Imperial Tea is $85 per person and includes a glass of champagne plus an organic, American farm-raised caviar course. All teas are served daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Reservations are accepted but not required.

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Reader Discussion: 9 Comments

  1. Avatar of Kellie


    Seriously thinking of this for my girl, but only one place offered gluten free? TY!

    • Avatar of Rebecca


      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!

  2. Avatar of Gabriella Tooma

    Gabriella Tooma

    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!

  3. Avatar of Chris Naselli

    Whenever I’m uptown, I always try to have meetings at a fancy tea room because they’re just so glamorous and elegant.

  4. Avatar of Pearlsbounce

    Love this! Will definitely be trying a few on my next trip!

  5. Avatar of Tami Winbush

    Tami Winbush

    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.

  6. Avatar of Zenab Bello-Osagie

    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.

  7. Avatar of Auriane Desombre

    Great list! I definitely want to try Bosie Tea Parlor.

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