New York Tea Rooms
Tea and Sympathy – 108 Greenwich Avenue, Manhattan. It’s a hole in the wall, but a cozy one. You might have to wait awhile outside for a table because the room is so tiny, but the wait is worth it! And they serve you fast, so the wait doesn’t seem so bad. If you come early, around 11:30, you may be seated right away. Nice array of teas, homey and warm. The food is comfort food from England. Hefty sandwiches, meat pot-pies, even a Yorkshire pudding dinner! People are friendly, but when you’ve finished, it’s time to make way for the other poor souls outside.
Alice’s Tea Cup – Also in Manhattan. Funky decor, right out of Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole. The tables are even converted sewing machine platforms. Extensive array of all kinds of teas: blacks, greens, reds, herbals. Indian, African, and Chinese, as well. Tea is delicious and brewed loose leaf. Food is excellent. Love their Lapsong Souchong chicken sandwiches. Sandwiches are hearty; scones are big and tasty. In fact, the Afternoon Tea uses these huge sandwiches as well as desserts and scones. I haven’t been able even to attempt one! People are quirky and fun. A comfortable place. There are three “chapters,” or locations: 102 West 73rd Street; 156 East 64th St; and 220 East 81st Street.
Silver Tips – 3 North Broadway, Tarrytown. I’m heartbroken to tell you that Silvertips closed this April. One of my favorite places for an afternoon tea or a nice lunch before heading off to NYC or on a railtrail bicycle ride is gone. apparently, you can still order tea online from the owner’s company, Silvertips Tea.