Afternoon Tea in NYC
Tea is not just for those who live in England, anyone can enjoy tea no matter where your geographical footprint is! New York City is known for having almost everything - from street food that corporate executives wait on line for to trendy restaurants that you need a reservation months in advance for, there is something for everyone. New York City is also one of those places that proves that tea isn't just for those who reside in England. If you are a tea lover, you will love these two spots in NYC!
Bosie Tea Parlour
Located in the West Village on Morton Street, Bosie Tea Parlour has a selection of over 100 hand-sourced and blended fine loose leaf teas. There is a tea option even for the biggest "tea snob". Complimenting the perfect tea time, Bosie Tea Parlour also offers pastries and macarons along with a carefully sourced and mostly organic menu of finger sandwiches and salads. If you are looking for a little bubbly to conclude your tea time with, Bosie has a select wine and beer list - chosen to pair with all of its menu items.
You can head to Bosie Tea Parlour for Afternoon Tea Service (which is totally recommended) or you can head over for a weekday lunch, weekend brunch or dinner any day of the week. As for the Tea Service, you are able to take part in a service for two as well as a Champagne Tea Service for two - the only difference in the champagne. During each tea service, you receive a two-cup pot of tea, two mini scones, three portions of tea sandwiches, two mini tea cakes and a choice of two macarons. In other words, anything that you can imagine enjoying during tea time! All of the teas are chosen by Bosie's resident Tea Master Kiley Holliday and all of the pastries are hand-crafted by French Pasty Chef, Damien Herrgott.
It is good to know that the interior of Bosie is not covered in girly frills, so definitely bring guys with you to high tea!
Garfunkel's - Janam Tea
Janam Tea is incredibly unique - for starters, Janam Tea rents space in Garfunkel's, a speakeasy bar located in the Lower East Side. Since Janam rents the space, tea service is only available on Wednesday through Sunday from 12PM-5PM. It is a tried and true afternoon tea!
Janam Tea describes its afternoon tea experience as an "experience with luxuries such as velvet furniture, pots of steaming single-origin Indian teas all served in a cozy and sexy getaway on Manhattan's Lower East Side". At Janam you can expect an afternoon tea to include a tiered tray of finger sandwiches, scones, cookies and more along with a pot of loose-leaf tea. If you are a tea connoisseur, you will appreciate the Janam experience and be longing for more.
Janam's founder, Amy Dubin hand-selects all of the teas in India as well as prepares all of the sweet and savory food that goes with your tea time. Amy is also there to educate you on the different teas and answer any questions. She is incredibly welcoming and you will feel at home the second that she brings you through her doors!
Where will you head for afternoon tea?
When choosing between Bosie Tea Parlour and Janam Tea, there really is no comparison - they are both great places to grab an afternoon tea. I recommend trying both because both spots will give you a completely different experience - and neither one is superior to the other. Pinkies up and enjoy your tea!
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