Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC
From vegan and gluten-free high teas, to traditionally luxurious, New York has it all.
Franchia Vegan Cafe
12 Park Avenue between 34th and 35th Street, Manhattan, (212) 213-1001
With its ultra-sleek, ultra-modern and minimalist aesthetic, high tea at Franchia Vegan Cafe is a sophisticated and upscale affair. Since high tea is only offered as part of a pre-planned package, it’s the perfect choice for special occasions. The Royal Tea Tray ($27 per person) offers a fun and unique slant on the traditional service. The service takes place over three hours—plenty of time to celebrate and socialize. It is a total experience, combining activities with the actual tea service. For example, during bridal showers the bride-to-be is dressed in traditional Korean garb and taught the customary way of making tea. Food is also served on large communal trays, so guests are free to munch and mingle as much as they please.
The Royal Tea Tray includes trays of six mini appetizers and two mini desserts. The tea selection includes two unusual options: a white peony tea and Franchia’s famous 1st Picked Korean Wild Green Tea. That’s right—this is wild, handpicked tea (as opposed to cultivated). It’s a significant luxury in the world of tea, just the right touch to make the experience extra special. Packages are available on Saturdays only from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.