Lady Mendl’s

Restaurants, Tea rooms Gramercy
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Lady Mendl’s
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Inspired by Elsie de Wolfe, famed socialite and former neighbor of 56 Irving Place, the rooms of this brownstone (an inn since 1994) are decorated in parlor pinks, soft greens and florals, with antiques tucked into every corner. The fancy five-course tea service begins with a mixed greens salad, followed by a sampling of tea sandwiches (standard cucumber as well as salmon with cream cheese, and goat cheese with sun-dried tomato). Then come the scones with raspberry preserves and clotted cream, cookies, cakes and dainty petit fours. It’s all accompanied by a pot of tea, naturally, or you can opt for a demurely rebellious concoction (gin, grapefruit juice and Cointreau) called the Pink Lady.


Venue name: Lady Mendl’s
Address: The Inn at Irving Place, 56 Irving Pl
New York
Cross street: between 17th and 18th Sts
Opening hours: Wed–Fri 3, 5pm seatings; Sat, Sun 2, 4:30pm seatings
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Prix fixe: $35. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Avatar for Rebecchi

I took a friend here for an afternoon of tea, and was quite disappointed. Perhaps we caught them on an off day, but my call to reserve a table was never returned, so I booked on opentable instead. When we arrived, the table wasn't ready and we waited at least 30 minutes. The tea was just fine, but poured from shared pots. When my friend switched from an earl grey to a less caffeinated tea, they poured the new variety straight into the same cup. The decor is lovely, and the atmosphere is festive, but the service and food left much to be desired. 

Avatar for Maria M

If you feel like being a classy Brit drinking tea, this is the place to go! They have a nice tea time situation. I went right after I came back from abroad in London and felt like I was right back there! This is a good activity to do with your mom, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, etc.