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 Gallery at the Carlyle Hotel
35 E. 76th between Park and Madison, on the Upper East Side, (212) 744-1600
The Gallery at the Carlyle hotel has two rooms to choose from; both are ornate and exquisite, setting the tone for a special experience for its guests. The sofas and chairs are plush and super comfortable, and the decor is bold and colorful with lots of red, navy and gold details. From the patterned wallpaper to the matching menus, every element is deliberate. The Gallery is modeled after the sultan’s dining room at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and each detail pays homage.
The Gallery is unique in that there is an a la carte option, which is the best kept ‘lux-for-less’ secret in the city, in my opinion. If you want, you can order just tea ($8 per pot), just scones, just sandwiches or anything off their lunch menus, and spend as much time sipping and chatting as you’d like. The Gallery is also unique in that it offers an unusual selection of teas. I consider myself to be a tea aficionado, and even I didn’t recognize a lot of them! My favorite was the Lapsang Souchang, which is famous for its smoky flavor and aroma.
Besides a la carte, there are two different options for high tea. The Afternoon Tea ($48 per person), includes scones with Devonshire cream, tea sandwiches and pastries. The Imperial Tea ($65 per person), offers the same plus a glass of champagne. Tea service is available daily from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.