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
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.