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.


Franchia Vegan Cafe

12 Park Avenue between 34th and 35th Street, Manhattan, (212) 213-1001

Our 10 Favorite Places for High Tea in NYC

Franchia Vegan Cafe, NYC

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.

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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!

    • Avatar of Hilary Rowland

      Absolutely! We published an article about the best places to have brunch in NYC: Enjoy!

  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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